Sunday, January 18, 2004


Heterosexual swingers - couples who like to swap partners - have announced that they are to challenge home secretary David Blunkett over recent changes to sexual offences legislation They claim that the law discriminates against them, by extending greater freedom to homosexuals to engage in group sex than is now legally available to heterosexuals. 'Contrary to its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights, the United Kingdom effectively criminalises swingers in contrast to the high degree of tolerance it rightly extends to gay men for precisely the same activities', argues a representative of the company Fever, which organises 'highly acclaimed parties for young swingers'

This gripe reflects the fact that while eliminating archaic prohibitions upon sexual activities from the law is no bad thing, attempting to use the law as a vehicle for ensuring diversity and recognising sexual identity will only come back to haunt the authorities, as it is impossible to cover every conceivable sexual interest. And if the government drafts legislation like the UK's recent Sexual Offences Act, where sexual activities are codified in such prurient detail that it ends up creating a vast bureaucracy of new sexual offences rather than eliminating old ones, then any number of people can criticise the legislation on its own pedantic terms, claiming that their human rights have been transgressed and their particular sexual pastimes have been discriminated against. In the wake of the Act, expect a lot more sexual adventurers to complain that they've been left out of the party.

From "Spiked"

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