New Book Covers Hot Button Topics Of Censorship And Moral Panic
Porn Panic!

A new book from author Jerry Barnett was recently published and is currently available as a digital download or in physical paperback form. The name of the book? Porn Panic!: Sex and Censorship In The UK.

Now I know what you’re all thinking “This has nothing to do with video games!” and you’re absolutely right, but some readers suggested for Barnett’s book to get a little face time here on the site and since it relates directly with the recent topic of heavy censorship both from the establishment and from party ideologues, it’s hard to dismiss it.

The book is actually about the recent rise in moral panics being spread throughout the media, as well as the prominent attacks on how we view sexuality in today’s society. It’s not too far removed from the current topic of discussion in gaming regarding various risque video games dealing with some sexual material that have been heavily censored or outright banned recently, such as Meiq or Criminal Girls 2, amongst many others.

In fact, Tokyo Mirage Sessions isn’t even a sexual game but things like midriffs and cleavage were heavily censored for the Wii U game, along with the artists going through the painstaking process of literally removing the female pelvic bones from the meshes of the characters so that you couldn’t see the indentations of the female pelvis.

According to Barnett, the idea behind the book was to cover how the current issues of attacking female sexuality and focusing on censorship falls back to a lot of identity politics, explaining in an e-mail…

“Although focused on sexual content, [the book] broadens to look at a range of censorship issues, and the way in which feminism and identity politics have become tools of censorship.”

Unfortunately we haven’t been able to actually have conversations about these topics. It’s all become a blur of blockbots, censorship, mass deletions and invectives thrown around like mud in a pit with pigs who have palms.

The book’s recent publishing has already garnered some positive feedback from verified purchasers who have taken to the review section to proclaim that Porn Panic! is a “necessary antidote” and one user, named Ness, wrote…

“It is sad today that many of these outlets purely wish to cause moral panic rather than helping people feel happy within themselves, whether that be sexual or non-sexual. Having experienced firsthand what the media will do to sell papers is unsettling.”

According to the reviews the book is very “factual” and provides plenty of evidence to back up its case. If you are interested in Barnett’s new book, which seem very relevant for the times, feel free to learn more by visiting his official website, which contains various methods for purchasing the piece.


Billy has been rustling Jimmies for years covering video games, technology and digital trends within the electronics entertainment space. The GJP cried and their tears became his milkshake. Need to get in touch? Try the Contact Page.

  • doctorwhocommentator .
  • C G Saturation

    People who say it has nothing to do with video games are just being ignorant, naive and simple-minded. Here’s something to keep in mind: the censorship we are aware of is usually only after the game is made and published.

    Now, think about how many things that get changed in development to avoid offending people, that we don’t know about. I’m sure there’s a lot, because I’ve had people assume bad things about me just for drawing female characters in any shape or form.

    As another example, we only know that Street Fighter V was changed during the development process, because its development was open to the public, or because work-in-progress footage was shown.

    In related news, there’s a story going around the net about a feminist mother who used the Washington Post to shame her two sons for not bending over to infinite nagging about rape culture and slut-shaming. She previously wrote an article to shame one of her suicidal sons, insisting that she is in no way responsible for it.

  • “Now I know what you’re all thinking “This has nothing to do with video games!””

    I think the people who scream “This has nothing to do with video games!” at articles seriously need to lighten up and broaden their horizons.

    I’ve been seeing this a lot at other site’s comment sections, such as NicheGamer. The moment NG produces a GamerGate political article (this is actually quite rare for NG nowadays) you always get the idiots who cry “WHAT HAS THIS GOT TO DO WITH VIDEO GAMES?!!”, or even stuff like “pointless GamerGate/politics bullshit”.

    That’s pretty damn close to sounding like authoritarian-type complaining.

    Sometimes it makes me wonder if they’re really SJWs in disguise who do not want the corruption to be brought to light; or simply the ethics-only members who close their eyes and cover their ears at the mere mention of the political side of the video games industry.

    Thanks for the article Billy. Always write what you want, don’t let anyone put you off.

  • Alistair

    The book proves notthing new, as UK Is more lax when it comes to sex.

    Especially in the 70s how ever thought seeing a full frontal naked woman in our living rooms.

    And that 60s book going to court the lady chatterly lover for being obscene the publisher won the case against them.

    Boobs in PG Films, pubics in 15 films, bart little willy in PG film.

    The only thing holds us back was BBFC yup our films are censored but it was for a weird reasons, out goes sexual violence of women, out goes horse falls and certainly out goes any penetration.

    But over the years BBFC Is now lax when it comes to films sexual violence is still the nurber one problem but a good example of lax is a restore rape scene in straw and a rape scene in soldier blue. Clockwork orange wasn’t censored at all according to the BBFC website. There were other versions and each one was passed uncut but each one had reduce running time.

    The true 1 version was passed uncut of 125 mins so it was the publishers themselves censored themselves.

    BBFC Had a rebranded name and look it wont be film censors but film classification on the back of video nasty in the 70s i spit on your grave had mutil rape scenes at that time. In 1984 the video recording act was brought in and rebranded BBFC ten years later 1994 BBFC was surely tested.

    With the film child’s play 3 what that film got no sexual violence or any thing nudity but it was in the news. A toddler james B got murdered by two boys and the news brought up the 18 rated film, as a copy cat killing that influence the boys. Will what did the BBFC do surely the film will have to get banned a stripped of its rating right or cuts in the film.

    None of them happen as BBFC rating to this day stays the same passed 18 uncut what it did however was a 1994 Act to be made and passes for making illegal to sold 18 films to minors and if caught a fine or jail. But no further censorship.

    when BBFC was in charge in rating games but its stict film guidelines a sex scene in farahight was passed a 15. At the time we thought BBFC Will crack down on video games when depiction of women characters.

    But no every game was pass uncut, even the 1st manhurt later that same game was in the news. It was manhurt 2 that fall foul of BBFC it wasn’t about the sexual scenes if any but the no avoided extreme violence. Was a caurse. Meaning the game forces the player to savage killed a NPC silly i know. Long history lesson coming to the end.

    That why we are immune to sexual themes and the way games are different from films was mindset to BBFC. They dont treat fictional characters like real actress.

    • Regarding UK attitudes towards sex, I still see porn magazines for sale on the top shelves of some Newsagent stores.

      The “lad’s mags” (Zoo, Nuts, etc.) have all shut down. I’m not sure if it’s because of deteriorating sales, but what I do remember was that a few years ago the feminists whined non-stop about them, going as far as to force stores to cover them up with wrapping and/or put them at the back of the magazines so that they cannot be seen.

      I think it’s a disgrace and just shows you how this is nothing more than an attack on media that’s appealed to and geared towards men because good-looking women makes the middle-aged landwhales feel bad.