Why are sexual images forbidden? Why is writing graphic stories about the pleasures our bodies give us, and one another, frowned upon?
Why are images of people’s bodies being blown up, attacked, murdered shown on News bulletins? Why do we have this apparently insatiable appetite for watching true-life murders re-enacted upon the Goggle-Box? Why do we slow our cars down in order to see the wounded victims of serious RTAs?
Why is it that footage of IED-ripped limbs and pools of blood is, in some way, more acceptable, less forbidden, than a couple enjoying the way their living aroused bodies fit together in love and lust?
The word ‘forbidden‘ means ‘not allowed; banned…’
Very often the act of forbidding something is done on (to me, spurious) religious grounds, or in the interests of public decency and the protection of minors.
Without wishing to get into a huge Patriarchal religion debate, I do not feel inclined to take the strictures of a system which sees women as second class citizens and sex as sinful terribly seriously. A system, moreover, which actively encourages wars and conflicts based on some footling misinterpretation of dogma by a rival bunch of God Botherers.
To my way of thinking, the constant stream of dehumanising, and frighteningly desensitising, images of violence are far more injurious to the human mind and spirit than the sexual picture I posted above. The ease with which young people can gain access to graphic X-Box games in which they slaughter hordes of ‘people’ is, to me, scary. After a while, the boundaries between reality and fantasy will, inevitably, begin to blur – and, for some teenagers I know, the horrific news footage of Lee Rigby’s ghastly murder, three years ago, was seen as little more than another version of an X-Box game.
I just think we have got our priorities wrong. There is a big embargo upon producing posts, or FB statuses, which have erotic content, and which might be seen by under eighteen readers; there does not seem to be the same response to on line violence, whether it be bloody photos, words of hatred directed at anyone not the same colour, race or creed as oneself or alarmist prophecies used by Spin Doctors the world over to generate more sales for their newspapers, or more votes for their party.
Some sexual acts do, indeed, reflect the darker side of mankind. But the vast majority do not – and sexuality in and of itself is a gift, a delight, not something that should be relegated to the Taboo Box or seen as forbidden.
Violence, as a mechanism of self-defence, or in a war-time setting, is sometimes a necessary evil. But the gratuitous showing of it on prime time television should, in my view, be up before the Forbidden Images Panel way before most sexual pictures!