CANBERRA, Australia—Australia may have finally bitten off more than it can chew in the sexual censorship department.
According to a Jan. 27 post by Australian Sex Party convenor Fiona Patten, “Federal government censors are directing Customs officials to confiscate depictions of the female orgasm when it is accompanied with an ejaculation. The Classification Board is also starting to classify films that feature female ejaculation as Refused Classification rather than X. Films that show both male and female ejaculation have routinely been given an X rating since 1983. The new ruling follows a boom in the numbers of adult films featuring female ejaculation since the pioneering research of Professor Emeritus Beverly Whipple was published in her book The G Spot. Recent articles in the New Scientist and on Norman Swan’s Health Report on ABC radio have raised public awareness of this largely hitherto unknown aspects of female orgasm.”
The films, she says, are being refused classification on one of two grounds:
1) That the depictions are a form of urination which is banned under the label of ‘golden showers’ in the Classification Guidelines or
2) Female ejaculation is an ‘abhorrent’ depiction
“Female ejaculation has now been described in scientific literature as being as real as male ejaculation and women’s ejaculate is as different from urine, as men’s is,” Patten said. “All women ejaculate at orgasm, in the same way that all men do. In some women, the amount is very small and not distinguishable from normal vaginal lubrication however some women can and do ejaculate large quantities of fluid and under great pressure.”
The Classification Board also has started to ban depictions of small-breasted women in adult publications and films. The bans are in response to a campaign led by Kids Free 2 B Kids and promoted by Barnaby Joyce and Guy Barnett in Senate estimates [hearings that are broadcast online] late last year, said Patten, adding that mainstream companies such as Larry Flynt’s Hustler produce some of the publications that have been banned.
“We are starting to see depictions of women in their late 20s being banned because they have an A cup size,” Patten said. “It may be an unintended consequence of the Senator’s actions but they are largely responsible for the sharp increase in breast size in Australian adult magazines of late.”
As a result of these latest censorship trends, said Patten, “Australian culture was being dumbed down in the sexual department and…political leaders were actively propagating an increasingly narrow window of acceptable sexual acts and cultures.”
New appointees to the Classification Board and the Classification Review Board, she added, should undergo an elementary level of education in the latest scientific developments around sexuality “and some sort of biology course to bring them up to date with the broad range of acceptable adult sexuality and body types.”
An introductory course on George Orwell might serve some good, as well.