The government has voiced concern over the amount of young people trying anal sex – as part of a push to regulate porn.
Officials are baffled at the increased popularity of the sex act because “research” suggests it is not pleasurable for women.
According to a consultation document issued by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport young people are trying anal sex as a result of having viewed porn, and this is a worry for the government as the act is “unwanted”.
“Many people worry that young people will come to expect their real life sexual experiences to mirror what they or their peers see in pornography, which often features ambiguous depictions of consent, submissive female stereotypes and unrealistic scenarios.
There is also a question about the effect of pornography on “unwanted sex” – for instance more young people are engaging in anal intercourse than ever before despite research which suggests that it is often not seen as a pleasurable activity for young women,” the consultation reads.
The document suggests that restricting access to porn sites might reduce the worrying numbers of people trying anal.
“While the increase in anal sex cannot be attributed directly to pornography consumption, it does feature in a large percentage of mainstream pornography (for example, one content analysis found it featured in 56% of sex scenes).”
The government’s negative view of anal sex recalls opposition to the practice by Margaret Thatcher, who in 1986 altered an anti-AIDS campaign so as not to acknowledge the act.
She feared teaching children about “risky sex” would corrupt them, according to leaked secret files.
Jerry Barnett, porn entrepreneur and founder of the Sex & Censorship campaign, told Pink News: “The consultation is basically an attempt to grant stronger censorship powers. And the suggestion that it is somehow government’s role to prevent anal sex happening is surreal in the extreme.”
Originating at www.thesun.co.uk