Thursday, November 05, 2015

The Louisiana Online Age Certification Law, What Exactly Does it Apply to?!

A recent law change in the state of Louisiana requires website with sexual material to install age verifying software. Several online magazine and publishers are challenging the requirement.  The Garden District Bookshop says that the law unfairly requires affirmative age verification of everyone entering heir website, just because a small number of the products they sell are erotic.

The law maker replies that only true pornography, "not a romance novel", is targeted and the store most likely does not sell anything of that type.

Of course laws and layers don't work according to intent, they are enforced in the courts according to the literal meaning of their words alone.  Which in this case means that the requirement apples to anyone "that publishes material harmful to minors on the Internet" including "Descriptions or depictions of illicit sex or sexual immorality " specifically:

"...the depiction, display , description, exhibition, or representation of any of the following: Ultimate sexual acts, normal or perverted, actual, simulated, or animated, whether between human beings, animals, or an animal and a human being. Masturbation, excretory functions, or exhibition, actual, simulated, or animated, of the genitals, pubic hair, anus, vulva, or female breast nipples. Sadomasochistic abuse, meaning actual, simulated, or animated, flagellation or torture by or upon a person who is nude or clad in undergarments or in a costume which reveals the pubic hair, anus, vulva, genitals, or female breast nipples, or the condition of being fettered, bound, or otherwise physically restrained, on the part of one so clothed. Actual, simulated, or animated, touching , caressing, or fondling of, or other similar physical contact with, a pubic area, anus, female breast nipple, covered or exposed, whether alone or between human, animals, or a human and an animal, of the same or opposite sex , in an act of apparent sexual stimulation or gratification. Actual, simulated, or animated, stimulation of the human genital organs by any device whether or not the device is designed, manufactured, and marketed for that purpose ... "

If Rep. Timothy Burns thinks none of any of that ever happens in a romance novel, he sure didn't do his research.

Me, I was confused by the first line and it went downhill from there.  Given that "illicit" means "activities that are not considered morally acceptable" this whole things is about moral unacceptable sex, without at any point specifying what standard of morals, based on what code of morality, this ostensibly secular law is enforcing on the good citizens of Louisiana.

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