Truth to Power

Oh no! Its elder porn!

New porn law includes older adults as “child porn.”

Precisely what astounding act has government done to warrant my attention today? In Massachusetts a couple of political morons are attempting to introduce new legislation to ban erotic images of anyone over the age of 60! I am not making this up. In my wildest imagination I couldn’t make up something as ridiculous and absurd if I tried. Truly this sort of stupidity is only possible to those who have spent a lifetime inside the halls of government–there even the most absurd and ridiculous ideas sound sane after awhile.

The Boston Herald said the new law “would add seniors and the handicapped to kiddie porn laws.” A rather scary woman, in a Janet-Reno-burn-down-the-damn-building-even-if-there-are-children-in-the-building sort of way, Elizabeth Scheibel is pushing for the law. As this sex Nazi puts it, she wants “to protect our two must vulnerable populations.”

Law professor Eugene Volokh has looked at the legislation and says that it is so broadly written that what it really does is make it illegal for older adults or the handicapped from consenting to a sexual activity they may enjoy: erotic photos. He says the law “is not limited to people who are mentally handicapped and thus unable to consent, or who are photographed against their will by their caretakers… The operative provisions cover people over 60 and the disabled whether or not they are incompetent.” </em>

As unsettling as it might be to ponder, grandma has the right to take pictures of her tatas in the bathroom mirror and send them to that lovely man down the hall of the retirement home if she so chooses. That this nincompoop nanny feels it’s within her jurisdiction what consenting adults do, well, that is the obscenity of this story.


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