We don’t get opinionated much on The Spanking Galleries, because we are here for fun and spanking. We do feel affected, however, by the plight of our British friends in the spanking scene. Furthermore, we are taking it personally, because it really does feel personal..
If you are here, you already know about the new UK laws banning certain types of pornography. You also know that it affects spanking, along with a litany of other perfectly acceptable things which you can do in your bedroom, but no longer on camera in the Great British Isles. If you think it is all just quite strange, you are not alone, however you may not know how this issue affects you as an American.
At The Spanking Galleries, our audience is primarily American, and like most of you, we have been mostly watching. Americans do that a lot, and we talk amongst ourselves, sometimes in a seemingly endless fashion. We typically shake our heads for far too long, saddling ourselves with frustration, before we finally act.
When the time comes, though, we rise to the challenge. Even during our worst days, we always overcome. There are not too many nations who can say that.
The United Kingdom is another state who can say that. We’re smart people, Americans, and because we’re such smart people, we tend to pay attention to the British, because we know they’re smart people too. We have been paying close attention for our entire existence as a country, and our interdependence has helped to make both countries as good as they are.
So if the British are unhappy, we think Americans should care. Not just because some issue at hand is affecting the British, but because history has shown repeatedly that what comes for them, comes for us.
You should care, because it is likely that America is next. Spanking is under threat.
Instead of defaulting to references of free speech erosion in the United States, please consider this law in a bit of a different light. From what we’ve read, it’s not just a law. This a movement, and one that is operating behind your back.
First, we’d like you to read the word “Quango”. Ever heard of it? That’s because you’re not British. Also, it probably shouldn’t even be a word.
This is the official term for a UK “not-public-but-not-private agency”, one of which, the ATVOD, is responsible for this anti-spanking law.
Quango. It sounds funny, until you understand that there are over 500 “quangos” in the UK, all with a kind of opaque authority over people’s lives.
Not so funny anymore. More sinister. It gets scarier when you add the bankers.
You see, in October of 2013, this opaque organization had a “sit-down ” with the UK banks and credit card processors, and they made a tactical plan to shut off your means to access spanking porn in the UK. It would be over a year, and only once the law was passed, that this would even come to the attention of these writers. Without going down the conspiracy road, let it suffice to say that as Americans or British, we know what hoodwinked looks like.
Obviously the banks would like you to think that they are just obeying the law, and unfortunately we are not able to provide some inside banking knowledge to the contrary. This is because we’re not bankers. The silence of the entire western banking establishment in the face of this law, does however speak volumes.
In America, we get a live feed of car chases, along with paid advertisements to sway our opinions, all from both the public and private sector. If we’re not interested yet, the media will make us interested, you can be sure. The means are in place to alert us to anything on the radar, constantly, yet nobody told us about a law banning free speech in Great Britain.
Because that’s what this is. Free speech. Also, banking. Also, lawmaking.
If we know anything, it is that the people who run the banks, also write the laws. Excuse us. They have them written, to suit their specific tastes.
So this is really about taste. We know that the issue is not pornography, because many types of pornography are still legal in the UK.
It seems to these writers that these powerful, opaque people, who run these powerful, opaque organizations, do not fancy spankos.
So this is really about the tastes of others, being imposed on you.
If you think “it can’t happen here”, it already has. One of the studios listed in our left sidebar has been shut off by similar payment processors. This is an American company, producing an American product, who has maintained domestic and international distribution through these partners for over twenty years.
That’s not right.
For these writers, this has become an American issue. We fight for the free speech of others, and we fight like hell for our own. This should include our lifestyle.
In this case, all we’re fighting for is freakin’ SPANKING. Our feeling pretty indignant about this, will only serve to make us more motivated troops. We hope you feel indignant too, on behalf of people you admire across the pond, as well as in defense of your own rights.
If there are any bankers reading, and even if you are leaning on the side of “banker” over “spanker”, we’d still like to offer you the following proposition:
If you’ll talk to the ATVOD, and get them to give “spanking” a pass on this whole R-18 thing, then we’ll all continue making great spanking videos for you to enjoy. After all, you guys got together to give a pass to 50 Shades of Grey, even though it’s the same content. It’s just Spanking, right…what’s the harm?
Just think about it. You’d be a hero! Instead of a “Banking Spanker”…You could be known as Mr. or Ms. “Spanko Banko”.
Doesn’t that sound better?
Since we’ve already written our lawmakers on this subject, we’re going to go ahead and post a whole bunch of content that is no longer legal to film in the UK.
While we still can.
Once you’ve written your own lawmakers, write the Brits.
You can start at the bottom…click for Pandora’s instructions on filing a ATVOD complaint.
Or you can go to the top. The UK Payments Council are the guys who called the “sit-down”. You’ll see the very definition of “shady”, in the first line in that wiki.
You can reach, ahem, these guys, on Twitter @Paymentscouncil, or via (anonymous we suggest!) email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell them that you have something for them to discuss in one of their upcoming “forums”. While you’re at it, ask them why they seem like a mafia, because PaymentsCouncil.org.uk looks as opaque an exercise in misinformation, as one of those whatchamacallits.
Listen to how this law has affected a pillar of our industry, Miss Pandora Blake:
Then, DO something, NOW…instead of having to do a lot more later:
Visit Backlash.uk for a whole bunch of ways, that you can help.
To read more about our discovery of this insane situation on The Spanking Galleries, click HERE.
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