Massachusetts Considers Ban on Granny Porn

Eugene Volokh has the sad, bigoted news:

Yup, the law (in Massachusetts) would make it a very serious crime — tantamount to child pornography — to make, and distribute “with lascivious intent,” “any visual material that contains a representation or reproduction of any posture or exhibition in a state of nudity” involving anyone age 60 or over, or anyone who has “a permanent or long-term physical or mental impairment that prevents or restricts the individual’s ability to provide for his or her own care or protection.”

This is a horrendously clear example of the political system being used to coercively prevent activity many people simply find distasteful. There doesn’t seem to be any policy goal here other than banning something the public doesn’t like: I can’t imagine any negative externalities arising from the production or consumption of elder or disabled porn other than the moral externalities of Puritans knowing that such perverse material exists. I guess the justification might be that people over 60 or with disabilities are not capable of consenting. This is, of course, just plain wrong and profoundly offensive. 

A  commentator at The Volokh Conspiracy makes what I guess is a facetious remark:

The whole genre of “granny porn” will disappear. 

Can BBW porn be next?

I wouldn’t bet against some people supporting this. Naked pictures of fat people are distasteful to many, and could be seen as promoting an unhealthy lifestyle. 

And yes, I do support the legalization of bestiality.

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One Response

  1. who or what is Massachusetts ?

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