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Write to a kinky author - draft letter

Posted by C_A_A_N on Sun 12 Jul 2009 to C_A_A_N's blog

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Following an excellent piece of action devised here, which anyone can join in with (and includes some addresses): http://www.informedconsent.co.uk/posts/241896/ here's a letter anyone can use, either word for word, or adapt it to your preferences, or just use it for ideas or to lift the links..

Please send one to your favourite kinky author!

Message title: Your books may be banned in the UK please help us fight?

Dear [insert name]

I became aware last week of a proposed new law to ban the possession of extreme pornographic writing in the UK. Activists are seeking solidarity from well known writers around the globe, whose work we believe may be illegal to own here, should this ban be adopted. You can see the proposed law here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld20080...

Common sense makes us think 'but surely they won't do that' but then we thought that when they proposed to ban possession of kinky porn images too. You may be aware that the UK government recently banned possession extreme pornographic images, a ban which has been in force since January 2009 and covers a lot of BDSM material. http://www.justice.gov.uk/news/announcement26110...

I and various others in the UK BDSM community, and from outside it are involved in a grassroots campaign network called Consenting Adult Action Network ( http://www.caan.org.uk ) which will be campaigning on this issue soon, we're trying to collect writers to sign up to our statement, and/or to send messages which we can quote in campaign materials and to the press.. or even ask to do interviews if they are willing, as we may get requests for this).

We would love to network with you if you are able to support us in this venture. CAAN includes various well-known supporters and activists already who you can check out on our supporters page. You can also find some links to news items about the writings ban here: http://consentingadultactionnet.spaces.live.com/...

If you have the time, please help us stop any potential ban on your books.. I want to keep mine!!

If you wish you can email me at the address below, or contact CAAN at info@caan.org.uk

In solidarity!

[insert your name and email]

Sign up to our statement of principles for the freedom of consenting adults to express themselves! http://www.caan.org.uk/sign.php

Please see our new website: http://www.caan.org.uk/

Reply by bursar on Sun 12 Jul 2009

Whilst I agree with the sentiments expressed here, there is a slight spin on the actual truth.

The real surprise is in fact that it wasn't this authoritarian and prudish government that came up with the proposal. It was a backbench Conservative peer, Baroness O'Cathain who proposed the "Christmas Tree' amendment to the Coroners and Justice Bill.

And before anyone gets exasperated about the awful Tories, the Conservative party hierarchy has disowned this amendment.

Baroness O'Cathain has a bit of a history on such topics and does bear watching in case she manages to slip something through.

As it is, her amendment failed due to lack of debating time in the Lords. This is not quite the end of it, she does have an opportunity to re-table the amendment when the Bill returns to the report stage in the Lords.

Our freedoms are important and must be defended. However, just because the powers that be like to use spin and hyperbole does not mean that we have to resort to the same. The argument against such things is all the more powerful for being reasoned, thruthful and proportionate.

Reply by Snowpard on Sun 12 Jul 2009

Love it! I will add the link to this page in the OP of the other thread.

Nice work -- it's friendly, straight to the point, covers everything and is less than a page long.

Should make things alot easier, thankyou for providing this.

ETA -- Reading the above post should I wait before adding the link?

Threads are like skirts. They should be long enough to cover the interesting details, but short enough to keep things interesting. :-*

Reply by C_A_A_N on Sun 12 Jul 2009

bursar wrote:
Whilst I agree with the sentiments expressed here, there is a slight spin on the actual truth.

The real surprise is in fact that it wasn't this authoritarian and prudish government that came up with the proposal. It was a backbench Conservative peer, Baroness O'Cathain who proposed the "Christmas Tree' amendment to the Coroners and Justice Bill.

And before anyone gets exasperated about the awful Tories, the Conservative party hierarchy has disowned this amendment.

Baroness O'Cathain has a bit of a history on such topics and does bear watching in case she manages to slip something through.

As it is, her amendment failed due to lack of debating time in the Lords. This is not quite the end of it, she does have an opportunity to re-table the amendment when the Bill returns to the report stage in the Lords.

Our freedoms are important and must be defended. However, just because the powers that be like to use spin and hyperbole does not mean that we have to resort to the same. The argument against such things is all the more powerful for being reasoned, thruthful and proportionate.

Hi thanks for your comments. all the facts are linked above and otherwise it's being kept short and snappy, as that's the best way to achieve what we want (what we want being people to get the idea simply and then read the more detailed information linked, otherwise you jam up messges with too much information for anyone to read) .

I note the word government in a sentence near the end may not be accurate, will alter. I think the proposed message does not get into party politics. The BAroness has already suggested this will continue, and common sense sugggests this proposal would receive approval from most of the same places the extreme porn ban did.

Sign up to our statement of principles for the freedom of consenting adults to express themselves! http://www.caan.org.uk/sign.php

Please see our new website: http://www.caan.org.uk/