Monday Links: Britain vs. Porn, Campus Rape, and Satanic Holiday Displays

– The British government is continuing its War on Sexual Pleasure Smut, this time taking on fetish pornography, and in particular femdom porn (that’s “female dominance” for the more vanilla readers). Last week, new regulations took effect that require all Video on Demand (which includes online subscription porn) in the United Kingdom to adhere to the BBFC’s standards for an R18 certificate (standards that adult video store content must already adhere to). The list of acts now prohibited in VoD porn includes spanking, fisting, facesitting, and female ejaculation. Fortunately for British porn consumers, the new rules only apply to pornography produced in the U.K.

– Slate’s Emily Yoffe (“Dear Prudie”) has written a comprehensive article on misguided efforts to address campus sexual assault, taking on everything from “affirmative consent”, to the kangaroo courts that the accused often find themselves in, to the overlooked role that alcohol plays in many campus sexual assaults. She also tackles the absurd but oft-repeated “one in four” statistic, that yours truly has previously debunked.

Rolling Stone has backed off from Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s controversial Nov. 19 article about a rape on the University of Virginia campus, first issuing a statement calling their trust in “Jackie” (the alleged victim and the primary source for the article) “misplaced”, and then revising their statement to say that any mistakes “are on Rolling Stone, not on Jackie.” The article, which detailed the young woman’s alleged gang rape at a fraternity house in the fall of 2012, was criticized by the Washington Post and others for failing to speak to the alleged rapists or any other members of the fraternity in question.

– And finally, the State of Florida will allow the Satanic Temple to put up a holiday display in the State Capitol later this month. Last year, the state had refused the Satanic Temple’s request, despite allowing nearly every other religion imaginable to erect a display under the Capitol Rotunda. This year, however, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State threatened to sue the state on First Amendment grounds, prompting the state to reverse itself and allow the Satanic display.

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