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Iceland Wants to Ban Internet Porn

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Halla Gunnarsdottir next to an unidentified Icelandic man
Source: borgarafundur.info

As Avenue Q pointed out, the internet is for porn. Iceland is trying to change that with an outright ban on internet porn made possible by online filters like those currently used in China. The country has already banned the printing and distribution of pornography (and, recently, strip clubs) but now wants to bring the Nanny State into the 21st century.

Halla Gunnarsdottir, an adviser to the nation's interior minister, claims that:

This move is not anti-sex. It is anti-violence because young children are seeing porn and acting it out. That is where we draw the line. This material is blurring the boundaries for young people about what is right and wrong.

Clearly, Gunnarsdottir has little faith in the Icelandic family unit. She is willing to abridge the rights of everyone in her country just to give parents a boost in one aspect of multi-faceted job.

Birgitta Jonsdottir, a member of Iceland's parliament, sensibly points out that the ban has very little—if any—chance at passing, adding:

Introducing censorship without compromising freedom of expression and speech is like trying to mix oil and water: It is impossible. I know my fellow MPs can often turn strange and dangerous laws into reality, but this won't be one of them.

If, somehow, this outrageous proposition does make its way into Iceland law, history has shown us that we can expect two things: an internet uprising and the proliferation of a probably-dangerous black market economy.

Get excited, Iceland!

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55 responses to “Iceland Wants to Ban Internet Porn

  1. So if this did pass, would there be any reason at all for anyone to even talk about Iceland, much less go there?

    1. Easy blondes with relaxed attitudes to their baby daddies?

    2. As far as I know, the only reason for an American to have ever gone to Iceland was to get cheap flights to Europe. But I think that ended a decade ago when Icelandic Air jacked their rates.

      1. Or when the USAF base was still around, to have somewhere really boring to talk about when everyone chats about where they’ve been stationed.

      2. Soon, Icelanders can’t jack anything else…

        1. Well, they’re Mojacks.

    3. They eat ponies, don’t they?

      1. And let their damn volcanoes spew greenhouse gasses and soot all over the atmosphere, then complain about their glaciers melting!

    4. The best thing Iceland ever contributed to the world:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdaOT72ieXs

  2. What sort of porn is she into that she considers acting it out to be inherently violent?

    1. Something…something…pissing… Ke$ha…something…something

      1. I missed all the fun. Did Ke$sha do an r. Kelly video?

        1. You should ask nicole about it. She can’t get enough of the topic of Ke$ha and watersports.

    2. Someone is buying all that Nazi memorabilia.

  3. Gunnar should have taught his daughter about liberty and freedom of choice.

    And FWIW, she looks like a blonde version of Bill Murray’s ugly love interest in Meatballs

    1. I’d hit it.

      Aw, c’mon, SOMEONE had to say it!

    2. She has that rawboned, rustic beauty that I would pay to see more of if I paid to see more of.

    3. Dunno, thought this was a father and SON photo. Looks asexual to me.

      1. Don’t harsh my fantasy, dude!

  4. As Avenue Q pointed out…

    Heh heh heh. Excuse me, sir, but I have never heard of “Avenue Q.”

    1. It’s GQ’s city cousin.

  5. young children are seeing porn and acting it out.

    Oh, so *that’s* why kids go “Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, ….”

    1. Damn, you can learn something from porn???

  6. I dream.

    I dream of privately owned stealth bombers, flying over the nation-states of the world, dropping DVDs full of porn over Iceland, audiotapes of classic feminist writings over Saudi Arabia and Iran, thick leather-bound copies of The Wealth of Nations and The Open Society and its Enemies over wherever Progtards hang out?*

    *Okay, on little silk parachutes for NAP.

  7. YOUR PUNY MORALITY IS NO MATCH FOR OUR MIGHTY URLS

  8. (After watching an online movie on the solution to the garbage problem in New York)
    Fry: Wow. You got that off the internet? In my day, the internet was only used to download pornography.
    Farnsworth: Actually, that’s still true.
    (In the movie)
    Female Scientist: Now that the garbage is in space, Doctor, perhaps you can help me with my sexual inhibitions?
    Male Scientist: With gusto.

    1. I always felt Futurama was played out after the pilot.

      1. It looks like there are many, many people who disagree. Good thing you can watch something else while we watch Futurama.

        1. Hey, it had a decent start.

      2. I always felt Futurama was played out after the pilot.

        I strongly disagree, but that last line in the pilot is hard to beat.

        “Oh, my god… Everyone I know is dead.”

        –pause–

        “WHOOHOO. Everyone I know is dead!!!”

        1. My highlight was the Paris countdown to the 3000 New Year.

  9. Birgitta Jonsdottir has now appeared in a total of 4 reason posts. If she loses her seat in Icelandic Parliament I propose they give her Shikha Dalmia’s job.

  10. It is anti-violence because young children are seeing porn and acting it out.

    Sooooo, children having sex is violence? I don’t follow…

    1. You’re not meant to understand, $parky. You’re meant to OBEY.

    2. TEH PATRIARCHY!!!

      TEH MALE GAZE!!!!

    3. Warty’s webcam gets most of its hits from Iceland apparently.

  11. So I take it this dumb bitch has never heard of proxy servers?

  12. [Iceland] has already banned the printing and distribution of pornography

    Heh heh heh. I guess my dreams of Iceland as an anarchist paradise should be shelved?

  13. Why leave out the feminist reason they’re doing it? For the kids, is, and always has been, a smokescreen for them.

    From the dailymail article:

    Two years ago, the Icelandic Parliament ? led by female prime minister J?hanna Sigur?ard?ttir – successfully banned all strip clubs on the grounds that they violated the civil rights of the women who worked there and were harmful to society.
    This argument – that porn violates the rights of both women who appear in it and children who are exposed to it – is the cornerstone of the new proposals under discussion.

    1. Huh I thought a lesbian PM meant that libertopia was at hand. Good news for Ontario!

    2. How about the civil rights of those who want to masturbate?

  14. If, somehow, this outrageous proposition does make its way into Iceland law, history has shown us that we can expect two things: an internet uprising and the proliferation of a probably-dangerous black market economy.

    Iceland becomes just like the Dominican Republic, except with Nordic beauties instead of underaged Caf? au lait cuties.

  15. So I guess this means that Iceland has become a social liberal’s dream. The original social liberals were statist fucks and the modern liberals like to ban everything.

  16. How far the Vikings have fallen…

  17. watching two people fucking makes kids want to acts out violence,
    but watching two people try to kill each other doesn’t???

    I actually think this has a decent chance of passing in Iceland because it seems more uptight-woman-centric over there rather than uptight-man-centric like the rest of Europe; what with everyone being named after who-was-who’s-daughter rather than their who-was-who’s-son.

    1. They used to do that in Denmark, too, but stopped in the mid 19th Century, when the government cracked down on the use of patronymic last names.

      Denmark required all the “datter” names to be converted to “sen” names. In the 1870 Danish census, my great-great grandmother is listed as “Karen Nielsdatter”, but she’s listed as “Karen Nielsen” in the 1890 census.

      The government also attempted to “freeze” the existing patronymic names in place as real last names in the 1850s, but the unruly peasants (like my great-great grandparents) kept giving their children patronymic last names for decades after that.

      The problem for the government was that they couldn’t keep track of people. A given village would be full of people with identical names. Lars Andersen has a son named Anders Larsen, who in turn has a son named Lars Andersen. It gets confusing, especially the Danes uses a relatively small number of first names.

      The Danes are still very heavy-handed and legalistic when it comes to naming children.

  18. My apologies that I have not been keeping up with Icelandic politics since the election of J?hanna Sigur?ard?ttir as Prime MInister, but in a quick view of the wikipedia entry for the upcoming Icelandic election, it would seem that the Social Democratic Alliance and the Left-Green Movement are due to be tossed from government in a spectacular fashion.

    After the 2009 election that seemed to herald a historic shift to the left among the electorate as a result of the depression of the Icelandic economy why the apparent shift back to the center-right in just one electoral cycle?

    1. I’m impressed that you ever kept up with Icelandic politics. Certainly not a high priority for me.

  19. This seems to indicate either
    A. people know their children are watching porn but they’re too scared of confrontation with their child or of seeming like the Mean Parent to do anything but seek the help of government or…..
    B. People who don’t even have kids have thought about the idea of kids watching porn so much that they’re sure it’s really happening

    The first possibility is pathetic, the second is disturbing

  20. Men ruined ice lands credit, now women get to ruin Iceland’s men.

  21. Fuck the Althing with Ron Jeremy’s pole.

  22. Can you just imagine what a devastating effect it would have on the world if Iceland banned something?

    They have this band, the name is of Monsters and Men. It’s a guy and a chick that sing and play acoustic guitar. The chick is way more masculine than the guy. I think she could kick his ass. He looks like a fat leprechaun with a bad case of effeminacy.

    Yes, I’m a racist, sexist, bastard, and I hate the children. I no cares.

    I actually like a couple of their songs, that band from Iceland. I wonder what else is good there?

  23. If they want my internet porn, they have to pry it from my cold, dead, and very sticky hands.

  24. That would certainly help people who struggle with this addiction

    http://pornaddiction.com

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