pornography

The Tories push on with their porn crackdown

17 April 2019 15:45

This afternoon the government announced the official launch date for its age-verification scheme for online pornography. As of 15th July,…

The Spectator Podcast: life after May and the Victorian women who explored

29 March 2019 17:00

This week, Theresa May finally promised to leave – but only after her Brexit deal passes. Anticipation of her departure…

Porn and video games: more hysteria about ‘rewiring brains’

11 May 2015 23:00

Here we go again. What effect do you think watching porn and video games have on young men? Yup, they…

If Brooks Newmark didn’t want these photos leaked, why did he email them?

12 October 2014 15:16

So it now seems pretty clear to me that we can no longer send women photographs of our genitals without…

What our parents didn’t know about sex

17 May 2014 13:00

My mum and dad never told me that I was found in a cabbage patch, or delivered by a stork.…

State sanctioned sex

22 December 2013 18:39

After bullying from the government, our major internet providers are now ‘filtering’ pornographic websites, so that children don’t get to…

David Cameron’s crackdown on child porn is not over yet

18 November 2013 8:37

Parliament returns from a three day break today, but the headlines this morning are dominated by the international crackdown on…

Liberté, égalité, pornographie

10 October 2013 14:10

Bravo Melanie McDonagh. Your stand against the coarsening of society’s sexual sensibilities is very welcome. But it is not just…

Rod Liddle on the cant of the Great Porn Act

2 August 2013 15:00

Several articles in this week’s issue of the Spectator are worth the cover price alone. We’ll be flagging them up…

Can we trust the state to censor porn?

22 July 2013 13:31

The most sweeping censorship is always the most objectionable. In principle, however, there is nothing wrong with David Cameron’s sweeping…

Porn damages everyone — not just children

18 June 2013 13:03

Porn, porn, porn. One way or another, we all like talking about it. But today’s debate about children and ‘sexually…

Howard Jacobson interview

7 September 2012 11:39

While Howard Jacobson’s prose works are renowned for their wit, energy, and self-deprecating, priapic jokes, his latest book, Zoo Time,…

What comes after Fifty Shades?

30 August 2012 9:27

After the record-breaking success of the Fifty Shades trilogy, publishers are desperately trying to answer the multi-million dollar question, what…

Smut Samizdat

19 July 2012 17:30

Thanks to Twitter for alerting me to this small act of rebellion: Taken outside the display windows at Smiths, @HypnoPeter…

Porn season

17 July 2012 10:30

EL James has a lot to answer for. Yesterday brought news that a British publishing house, Total-E-Bound Publishing, will sex-up…

Across the literary pages: Of life, love and death

2 July 2012 19:00

John Banville’s reputation as a master stylist and serious novelist wasn’t done any harm by the weekend reviews for his…

Amis: Porn is an attack on love

13 June 2012 19:45

Pornography is in the news, and Martin Amis has been thinking about pornography. Those two facts are not related, not…