"If we can send a man to the moon, we must be able to tackle porn on the internet." Those are the now immortal words of Halla Gunnarsdóttir, the political advisor to Iceland's Interior Minister Ögmundur Jónasson. Iceland wants to block all internet porn.
The Icelandic government believes that, since porn can damage children through computers, game consoles and smartphones, they should just ban it completely from the country's internet tubes. Apparently, making parents responsible for their children education and the materials they are exposed to is not an option and, instead, they want to prohibit every Icelandic citizen to access porn.
Some of their ideas so far:
- block porn IP addresses and
- making it illegal to use Icelandic credit cards to access x-rated sites.
It appears that children in Iceland have credit cards, which may explain their recent economical system collapse.
The move follows a ban on strip clubs, claiming that these violated women rights and were "harmful to society." They claim that both strip clubs and pornography are clearly linked to violent sexual crimes in their country. Halla argues that this move is "not anti-sex," however:
It is anti-violence because young children are seeing porn and acting it out. That is where we draw the line. This material is blurring the boundaries for young people about what is right and wrong.
She believes that parents cannot be held responsible for protecting "our young people. They cannot be with their children all the time and the porn industry actively tries to seek children out." In other words, there's a global porn conspiracy to corrupt children worldwide.
It's ironic that the porn industry started in Scandinavian countries during their sexual revolution in the 60s. While the rest of the world would be in shock at the sight of a nipple, Swedish and Danish porn companies were producing films and magazines, which were viewed by young adults and adults in their home countries and other countries in Europe.
Now, by banning access to internet porn, Iceland will join countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and other temples of democracy widely known to protect women and children rights. [Daily Mail via Telegraph]