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Jill Kirby: We don’t need a law against revenge porn. Just some commonsense

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As if our prisons weren’t full enough, Justice Minister Chris Grayling is bringing forward new laws to jail jilted partners who post online indecent pictures of their former lovers.

Urged on by an illiberal coalition of Lib Dem MP Julian Huppert and the permanently indignant former culture minister Maria Miller,  Grayling is tacking an amendment on to the forthcoming Criminal Justice and Courts Bill to make so-called “revenge porn” an offence punishable by up to two years in prison.

It’s a blatantly eye-catching announcement designed to win over the angry feminists and wimmin’s lobby, but you don’t need to be a Conservative to realise this kind of knee-jerk legislation is not only foolish but counter-productive.

Why is revenge porn a problem? Because women (and as we know at least one man, namely the recently disgraced ex minister for civil society) are foolish enough to take indecent pictures of themselves (or consent to their partners taking selfies of them coupling), and then send the pictures to each other. Having considered this an innocent but amusing pastime, these narcissists then complain angrily when the pics go astray, usually when the relationship sours.

Now, what would you suggest might be the best solution to their trauma? Invite them to instruct a lawyer and get their exes banged up? Or, dare I say it, let them work out that providing their loved ones with indecent images wasn’t such a great idea.

If you can’t face the idea of your intimate pictures going up on Facebook, don’t bandy them around in the first place. There’s enough porn on the internet without supplementing it for free.

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Jill Kirby
Jill Kirbyhttp://www.jillkirby.org/
Jill Kirby is a freelance writer, commentator and policy analyst specialising in social policy

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