The Batman of Obscenity

Myles Jackman, aka Obscenity Lawyer, is one of the most important people fighting for your rights as a consenting adult right now, whether you realise it or not.

“My fight is broadly against the forces which wish to constrain human sexuality,” said Jackman in a recent Guardian Long Read piece by Edward Docx. “I’ve always said that the BDSM community is about 20 years behind the LGBTQ community in terms of rights, recognition and visibility.”

Whatever your own sexual/lifestyle preferences or kinks, you may have heard about the “porn filter” – a misnomer, as it’s far more than just adult content being censored. You may also have heard about the CJIA of 2008, criminalising the possession of BDSM images involving consenting adults. As a sexual minority, those in the kink community have long been persecuted by the media, legal system and medical establishment.

Gradually, these things are changing, but it takes people like Myles Jackman to make that happen. Here is why he is now crowdfunding his work:

“1) To provide legal advice and representation for members of sexual minorities and to promote freedom of expression and privacy, for all consenting adults.

2) To campaign and advocate in public for the rights and recognition of the BDSM, LGBTQ, Adult Industry and Sex-Work communities.

3) To lobby, campaign and make legal challenges to the UK’s obscenity laws including the Obscene Publications Act and the Extreme Pornography laws.

4) To lobby, campaign and make legal challenges to the UK’s sex-work laws, working towards the goal of complete decriminalisation.

5) To spread this message of acceptance through mainstream and social media, through journalism, blogging, commenting and appearing in media outlets; as well as by providing free lectures to students, campaigns, organisations and individuals; and free legal advice clinics.”

The vast majority of his work is pro-bono. Support him at his Patreon page. It’s important for all of us, kinky or otherwise.


Porn Trial

I’ve previously mentioned Myles Jackman (pictured below), aka Obscenity Lawyer, who is currently defending a legal case that you should be interested in if you’ve ever seen a kinky photo. That’s right. All you need to do is to receive an unsolicited picture of an entirely legal BDSM activity in your inbox and you could end up in court. Here’s a snippet from Obscenity Lawyer’s blog post on this week’s case:

“Today the Crown Prosecution Service will attempt to persuade a jury that images of fisting should be classified as “extreme pornography” with the risk to the defendant of three years in custody, inclusion on the sex offenders’ register and damage to his personal and professional standing. All for a type of image which is commonly viewed, of an activity which is itself is legal to perform and is even discussed in the book Fifty Shades of Grey…”

See Obscenity Lawyer’s excellent blog here, find out more about how Backlash is helping people here, and watch how things progress through the Twitter hashtag #porntrial.

Law and Sex Social

Still on law and sexuality, here’s a rather marvellous event organised by the aforementioned Myles:

“…This is a purely social event, which is open to all. Anyone with an interest in the intersection between the law and sex is welcome: lawyers, academics, students, sex-workers, campaigners, activists, sex-educators, LGBTQ, BDSM, Poly, wotever and anyone else in between that I’ve forgotten.

Please RSVP, feel free to add yourself or tweet at me (@ObscenityLawyer) so I know how many people to reserve space for.

From 6.30pm on Wednesday the 16th May 2012 in the back bar at the Worship Street Whistling Shop in Shoreditch, London:

It is primarily a cocktail bar; but also has wine, ales, larger and soft-drinks. Food available. Drink and food menu on their website.

If the event is successful/popular I may consider holding it semi-regularly…”

Do it.