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shortcomings of Australian Sex Party

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Australian Sex Party has some very progressive points in its policies; however, in many aspects it reinforces the stigmas that are rooted in the Eurocentric culture (that Australian politics are based on). ASP should be challanged to take a much more radical positions before a sex-positive individual can consider them allies.

The following errors of judgement should be corrected:

  • Bring about the establishment of a truly national classification scheme which includes a uniform non-violent erotica rating for explicit adult material for all jurisdictions and through all media including the Internet and computer games.
    • ASP should support consensual violent pornography and consensual "non-violent erotica". It should oppose the creation of non-consensual "non-violent erotica" as well as non-consensual violent porn. Current stress on violence shifts the focus away from the issue of consent, and that leads to the culture of rape, sexual abuse, and sexual slavery.
  • Introduce an R and X rating for computer games.
    • ASP should oppose rating system rather than trying to extend it to computer games, until such time when an infrastructure is created that allows the individual to gain access to and produce the material one wishes to have regardless of the rating.
  • To bring about the development of a national sex education curriculum as a first step in preventing the sexualisation of children.
    • ASP should not speak of "sexualisation of children". All humans are "sexual", we are not born as a blank sheet of paper onto which the society writes our sexuality; younger and older humans should be allowed to explore their own sexualities without interfearance from the government.
    • Sex education classes in schools is a positive step only when these classes are controlled and shaped by children.
  • To hold a referendum to create mandatory equal numbers of women in the Senate and State Upper Houses.
    • ASP should not create a culture where an individual may be forced to disclose one's gender identity without that individual's desire to do so. The demand for the equal numbers of 'men' and 'women' in different legislative bodies will force a person to do that. The gender of a person is that person's business and should be discussed by a person when one sees it relevant; if an election candidate believes that one's gender is relevant, one may disclose it, if one does not, then one does not.
  • Develop global approaches to tackling child pornography which focus on detection and apprehension of the producers of the material.
Note: This article is not intended to suggest that Australian Sex Party is somehow anti-sex, more likely it has internalised the inequalities that exist in our society, they should be helped to get rid of those prejudices.

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