Challenging Censorship In Australia

I’ve posted about the Eros Association and challenging the Australian Office of Film and Literature Classification before, here, here and here.

Now AdultShop is taking their Viva Erotica fight to the federal court, asking that adult films depicting non-violent consensual sex be given an R rating, meaning they can be legally sold everywhere.


Support independent, ethically made, award-winning porn. Bright Desire features all of my erotic films and writing. A membership to Bright Desire gets you access to every movie I've ever made and lets me keep making female friendly porn!
Click here to find out more.

The CEO has pointed out that community standards had changed since 1984, when they were first drafted. They’re calling in experts Catherine Lumby and Dr Alan McKee, who have both been conducting research into Australian attitudes to porn.

Meanwhile, the OFLC has today announced that they will conduct their own research into whether a “reasonable” adult is offended by explicit sex in films.

A spokesman for the board said the research into community standards would take place through a series of forums over the next six months.

The public will be recruited and may be shown movies and asked whether they agree with the ratings given. It will be the first such review since the 1990s.

Adultshop found that 70% of Australians weren’t offended by Australian films. I’ll be very curious if this new research will back that up. Given that the OFLC has become steadily more conservative over the years, will they conduct this research fairly?

Or will the “public” they survey be recruited from outside happy clapper churches and Australian Family Association meetings?

If the comments on the News Ltd article are anything to go by, most Aussies don’t have a problem with porn at all.

Update: Ha. Typical News Ltd, now they’ve put a negative spin on it and given the “Family” Assocation a stronger voice: Fears of porn flood in court bid.