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Bisexuals will be the invisible victims in the imminent UK porn block

Bisexuals will be the invisible victims in the imminent UK porn block

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A porn block is imminent in the UK. With one data leak, people’s sexual interests could very easily become exposed.

Set for 15 July this year, the new measures are designed to stop people under the age of 18 viewing pornography online in the UK.

Websites that don’t comply could also see payment services withdrawn.

The government may also block them.

This means if you write in your credit card details and your name online, your viewing habits will be easily tracked.

This makes the possibility of someone being blackmailed or having their fetishes made public against their will a very real possibility.

The reason given is that it’s being done to protect kids. As a parent myself, I call BS.

We already have adult content filters. It’s also our responsibility to check our son’s devices.

How will the porn block impact the bisexual community? 

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I wonder how the porn block will impact the bisexual community?

We know, from research, bisexuals are more likely than gay or lesbian people to watch porn.

Users who visit adult sites several times a day are more than twice as likely to identify as bisexual as those who visit only once a week according to research by xHamster.

They also found that just over 20% of male viewers identified as bisexual, compared to just under 4% who identified as gay.

How some bisexuals use porn 

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But why is porn use so high among bisexuals?

For some bisexuals I’ve met, porn is a way for them to fulfill their sexuality without being unfaithful.

Many bisexuals in relationships don’t want to cheat or have open relationships. However, their hormones still lead them to want to express their attractions. Porn has become a harmless way to achieve this.

It is not about living up to the old trope that ‘bisexuals can never be satisfied by one person’, but about figuring out how bisexuality fits in to your life.

It’s also a part of coming out to yourself and allowing your mind to embrace its sexuality.

‘Unfortunately, because society enjoys making us doubt ourselves, bisexuals can feel a great source of guilt for viewing porn. If you’re a bisexual man dating a woman, and you’re watching gay porn, it can sometimes feel like cheating.’

Healthy use

Healthy porn use is a valid piece of the puzzle in the sexual expression of many bisexuals who practice monogamy.

Asking bisexual people to choose between porn and privacy shows the narrow-mindedness of this new policy. The UK government fails to understand how it will impact bisexuals in a way separate from gay and straight people.

Only 28% of bisexual people are out of the closet. This means many bi people could also now be outed in a data breach.

All of us, not just bisexuals, will be potentially impacted by this change in the law.

How many people will be publicly outed if just one porn site has a data breach? The safety and lives of LGBTI people will now be in the hands of tech companies.

Coming out is only something you can do in your own way and when you’re ready. The potential devastation to our young LGBTI people cannot be ignored.

Did the government not care about these issues when they decided to implement the porn block? Did they analyze the impact this policy might have on LGBTI people? Or did they not even bother thinking of it?

Lewis Oakley is a weekly bisexual correspondent on Gay Star News. Follow him on Twitter.

See also

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