Iceland to Ban Pornography?

Iceland may be blocking internet pornography.
Iceland may be blocking internet pornography.

Did you know that currently in Iceland, the printing and distribution of pornography is illegal? In fact, if caught, offenders could be imprisoned for up to six months.

Well, Iceland may now become the first western country to ban internet pornography!

According to a recent article in The Telegraph, “The government is considering introducing internet filters, such as those used to block China off form the worldwide web, in order to stop Icelanders [from] downloading or viewing pornography on the internet.”

These proposals are expected to become law later this year.

According to Professor Gail Dines, author of Pornland: How Porn has Hijacked our Sexuality, “Iceland is taking a very progressive approach that no other democratic country has tried.” She continued, “It is looking a[t] pornography from a new position – from the perspective of the harm it does to the women who appear in it and as a violation of their civil rights.”

Dines, a self-professed feminist, is affirming what the Church has always known, that pornography “offends against chastity because it perverts the conjugal act, the intimate giving of spouses to each other.” CCC 2354

It seems Iceland, perhaps unknowingly, is responding to the Church’s teaching that “Civil authorities should prevent the production and distribution of pornographic materials.” CCC 2354

8 thoughts on “Iceland to Ban Pornography?

  1. Great! A country that recognises the harm porn does to both women and men. Perhaps this may serve as an example to other democracies…

  2. I have sympathy for the feminist movement. The movement is interested in protecting women from harm. I suppose that is why the government bans pornography (for the same reasons). If the interests of the movement intersect with those of the Church, I see good in it.

  3. Until then, y’alls can download K9, great web protection tool that makes you think twice. It’s free and it keep my compy safe. And it’s got a dog, I mean who doesn’t like dogs?

  4. What has always amazed me is how much easier it is for me to gain access to pornography and pornographic moves than main stream movies. It has also always amazed me how many view pornography as harmless and non addictive I suppose in the same way that not all who try crystal meth and Class A drugs become addicted.
    I applaud this move to ban internet pornography, unfortunately I don’t believe it will protect those vulnerable souls enslaved in the industry, but it will protect others and hopefully it will sound the death knell of the industry, although there will always, I suppose, be some remnant of the industry, since unfortunately there will always be a demand.
    The internet has succeeded in ‘normalising’ and making available pornography. As one who has struggled with addiction to pornography, I have in the past frequented specialist shops to purchase said material, an always shameful and nerve wrecking experience, the internet became both paradise and hell for me…no more loitering outside shops waiting an opportune time to make my dash, for fear of being recognised…even in foreign conuntries!!! head down flicking through catalogues or scanning shelves and then preparing to make my exit, brown bag in hand…again unseen!

  5. Good for Iceland. I’m a bit of a fan of Prof Gail Dines, although I don’t agree with everything she has to say, I think she’s spot on when it comes to porn.

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