Ridiculousness from Ukraine: possession of all porn is banned

The Ukrainian government has really outdone itself.

Oh, and the best part? You can still possess porn if you use it for “medicinal purposes.” Vague much?

As Gazeta.ua reports in an interview with Evgenii Zaharov, this new law is just more likely to give Ukraine’s notorious police force more room for abusing Ukrainian citizens.

Ukraine’s Rada – messing up the country one dumb law at a time.

8 thoughts on “Ridiculousness from Ukraine: possession of all porn is banned

  1. Exactly how is pornography used for medicinal purposes? Does it have strange curative properties of which I’ve hitherto been unaware? “It’s nothing to worry about, Mr. Jones. Take two copies of Playboy and call me in the morning.”

    It looks from that translation as though nude portraits could come under the heading of porn. Will there be a public burning of art, or will there just be an amnesty and some furnaces?

  2. Obviously ‘medicinal’ is a tool in the hands of those who wish to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, like that old line about prophylaxis: condoms “sold for the prevention of disease only.” When it is used not to increase a head of steam but to siphon off excess. There’s a fine line or something the minister is upholding.

  3. Sounds like something Utah might try, although Utah recently relaxed its drinking laws. You no longer have to have a membership to go into a bar.

  4. Why world, whyyyyyy? It kills me, just kills me.

    I’m scared of the way this stuff spreads, over here in NZ where until we elected a National government I felt almost safe from puritans. Silly me!

  5. Obviously, this law was drafted to be used selectively, perhaps against sexual minorities, though I don’t know enough about sexual politics in Ukraine to say for sure.

    The reason I’m quite sure the Ukraine government is FOS as far as actually wanting to ban porn is the fact that several years ago, the passed a law banning porn production. As anybody know their porn sites or webcams can tell you, that law rarely (if ever) enforced.

  6. Pornography is used in many medical procedures one being the harvesting of sperm for artificial insemination.

    Banning pornography is akin to banning books. It places the morals of one person above another.

    It also creates a potential of extortion and political persecution. It is a backward step.

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