Jerry Barnett’s ‘Porn Panic’ book is a must read for anyone interested in the UKs complex porn laws, especially in the wake of the Digital Economy Bill and Age Verification looming.

Porn Panic! charts the rise of a new anti-sex, pro-censorship movement. Unlike the old morality movements, this one is focused on the left of politics.

“Porn Panic! documents new and rising threats to free expression, and mounts a fierce and entertaining defence” – Nadine Strossen, former ACLU President

Starting a decade ago with attempts to censor porn and close strip clubs, the movement has broadened into a general assault on free expression and liberal values.

Free speech, an essential underpinning of democracy, is facing its greatest threat in generations.

Author of Porn Panic does readings from his recently released book Porn Panic and explains why freedom of speech and expression are under attack by censors and the impact it has on our culture, personal freedom and lifestyle choices.

“My book Porn Panic!, which was published in August by Zero Books, is an unusual book, and has had strong reviews – from those on both sides of the porn debate” says Jerry Barnett.

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“The book charts attacks on pornography – in part from a personal perspective – and then takes a big step back to take a broad look at the state of our society today; and concludes that we’re not in a good place, nor moving in a good direction. This is more than a book about pornography: it’s a book about fascism.”

“It’s no secret that authoritarians will always target sexual libertines, nor that authoritarian states consistently attempt to suppress the sexual urge. This is a lesson that has been learned repeatedly through history; every spike in sexual freedom has eventually been met with a conservative backlash.”

“The pattern is so marked, and so consistent, that it almost seems burned into our DNA. And of course, it is: sex is such a fundamental part of the human psyche that it plays a hidden role in most of our behaviours.”

“Sex is about far more than either reproduction or pleasure. It forms a vital role in our economic and social life; it is probably the most valuable commodity we as humans trade, and it was certainly the first. Sexual freedom offends, because it threatens so many vested interests.”

“From strip clubs, the movement surged forward, attacking sexual expression in all forms, and then expanding to attack free speech in general. It was a movement of the left that embodied all the worst attributes of the old conservative right: it began to attack concepts of racial and sexual equality that had been the outcome of the liberal revolutions of the 1960s.”

“It was inherently anti-science, preferring to create new facts that suited its ideology. This was a new fascism, and its ideas were entering the mainstream.”

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Those donating £20 or more to the Sex & Censorship campaign will receive a signed paperback copy of Porn Panic! (please make sure your donation includes a delivery address).

Porn Panic!, by Jerry Barnett, is published by Zero Book, and available through all good book outlets.