Thursday, 19 May 2011

Politics: Mums Keen On Porn

The truth is finally out: "Lots of people on Mumsnet are very keen on pornography"...

No, I have not come up with this all by myself, just note the scare-quotes. This is straight from the horses mouth, the horse (mare?) in question being Justine Roberts the founder of that paragon of all things clean and healthy, the Mumsnet (no link to them here, sorry). She also seemed to be privy with her members' weekly schedules, too. Apparently the best time to indulge is late on a Friday night. Dunno, maybe it is for her or her members. I will reserve judgement on that. However, what I will unreservedly chastise her for is the fact that she still calls for (in)voluntary regulation of web sites some people may find objectionable (note how "some people" here actually stands in for "prudes like Justine Roberts and her pals"). And this time, for a change, I won't even chastise her for being prudish or limiting people's freedoms (which she still is, and does, respectively). I will just point out that with these statements and intents she is actually labelling her own flock as less than capable of resisting the urge to leave the Internet wide open for their offspring to access and thus learn what, until just now, they would never admit, and that is that porn is OK, and that prim and proper people watch it too. It is just that they are too much of all that to be able and brave enough to engage their own children on these matters. So, Mumsnet members, in case you haven't figured it out yet, your heroine Justine has just called you both perverted and stupid.

I know which one I'd be mad about...