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Peter Dutton Wants To Scan Your Face Before Letting You Watch Porn

Yeah, this isn't going to go wrong at all.

Remember when the government wanted to implement an age filter to all your favourite porn websites? It seems like wiser heads prevailed as that seems to have taken a back seat for for now. Until Peter Dutton and his Department of Home Affairs decided to pick the issue back up for some reason that is.

But rather than go with the age filter idea, ol’ mate Dutto decided the better option is to scan everyone’s faces before they get to indulge in some personal five-knuckle shuffle time.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Peter Dutton and his Department of Home Affairs has suggested that the best way to stop all this underage porn watching that’s afflicting Australia right now is to use face scans to confirm people’s age before they’re allowed to access.

The idea is to have the face scan match a person’s photo that’s already recorded with Home Affairs, such as a driver’s licence, and this will act as an age verification system of sorts.

The idea is to have this voyeuristic proposal be lumped in with the Federal government’s separate proposed facial recognition scheme, which the Morrison government was scolded for and told to redraft after it was rejected in October by the joint intelligence and security committee over safety and privacy concerns.

Worrying comparisons to George Orwell’s 1984 aside, this hypothetical porn facial scan thing is a logistical and privacy nightmare. Not only will everyone need some sort camera, this system will create a huge database of all those Aussies who watch porn that’ll cause endless headaches should it all be leaked, which going by recent history is quite likely.

And even if Dutto and Home Affairs have a good solution to these issues, circumventing the facial scan won’t be all that difficult given all the tools we have at our disposal these days. When you’re preventing horny people from getting their fap on, no facial scan or age filter is going to stop them from getting to their porn.

But in the worst case scenario that Peter Dutton and Home Affairs figure out a way to spy on your sex life, expect a booming new black market to emerge in Australia involving the selling of USB sticks with porn on them.

Time To Add STIs To The Long List Of Things That Are Sexist Towards Women

Can't even escape sexism when you're at the doctor's office or in bed.

It goes without saying that women have to deal with sexism nearly every day, whether it’s at work, at home or just walking down the street. It’s just awful and it’s about to get worse because we can add STIs to the long list of things that are sexist towards women.

Now this isn’t exactly a situation where a diagnosed case of chlamydia or gonorrhoea goes around saying inappropriate things to women, promoting men into higher management roles instead of women, or going around with signs that have “men’s rights matter” written on them.

Rather, it’s because STIs are “biologically and psycho-socially sexist at all levels” according to Dr. Hunter Handsfield (via CNN), a professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Washington Center for AIDS and STDs.

To put it simply, STIs are sexist because of a bunch of reasons:

  • You’re more likely to catch one if you’re a woman in a heterosexual pairing as infections are more readily transmitted from the man to woman than the other way around.
  • It is far more damaging to your health when you get an STI if you’re a woman and can affect fertility.
  • Symptoms are often more non-specific for women and and often be mistaken for something else.
  • It is far more difficult to diagnose an STI if you’re a woman compared to a man.

The reasons for this is biological rather than institutionalised sexism among viruses. The skin of a vagina is thinner than the skin of a penis, making it easier for infections to get through.

There’s also the issue of STIs getting passed on by men’s semen as if a dude’s bodily fluid stays within a bodily cavity, there’s a greater risk of catching an infection the longer it stays around.

Now this whole problem of sexist STIs isn’t anyone or anything’s fault, it’s just the way we’re hardwired sadly but it doesn’t make it any less irritating. Since it’s not exactly possible to teach STIs to not be sexist, the best course of action for women is to take care of themselves and get checked regularly.

As for the dudes, always wear a condom and don’t be selfish, you already have it good enough as it is.

Watchmen Is Getting Review Bombed By Fans Who Hate How, Uh, 'Woke' It Is

And the "politically correct" narrative rears its ugly head again.

Despite some initial skepticism over HBO’s decision to make its own TV adaptation of Watchmen, aka the greatest comic book of all time, the show has been nothing short of a revelation, garnering acclaim from fans and the all-important critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

While the show functions as a sequel/remix of sorts following the events of the Watchmen comic, this adaptation honours the source material while still managing to be its own beast as a searing and unsubtle take on racial conflict.

Now with so much emphasis on racial tensions and politics in a show that’s literally based on a comic book, you’d expect there to be some backlash from the puffy-chested bros who loudly (and often unironically) shout “keep the wokeness outta mah comics!”

And you’d be right actually.

While Watchmen has a glowing 96 percent “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, its audience score is a less-than-stellar 46 percent (at the time of writing) following a bout of review bombing from folks who are complaining about the show’s, uh, “wokeness,” its left-wing political stance, and for turning one of the comic’s major characters and fan favourite, Rorschach, into a symbol for white supremacy.

It really is.

Look, Watchmen is an excellent adaptation that isn’t without its flaws, but it appears once again that the internet had a knee-jerk reaction to something they clearly have no clue about while parading around and thinking they do.

Fans, particularly those of the original comic by Alan Moore, who are decrying HBO’s TV adaptation for being “woke” and left-leaning seem to conveniently forget how political and left-leaning the source material was. Moore was about as subtle about his political stance when writing the comic as a punch to the face from Nite Owl.

Even more than that, the Rorschach fans kicking up a stink about the show also seem to forget (or just not realise) that the character was extremely *checks notes* racist, homophobic, sexist, and a fascist in the comics.

In short, Watchmen fans are upset with HBO for making a woke comic book too “woke” and for making the problematic Rorschach into a problematic symbol. Make of that what you will.

But we should’ve expected this sort of response given how Watchmen is an adaptation of a beloved comic with a rabid fanbase, some of whom who don’t seem to really understand its underlying subtext.

Without digging too much into spoiler territory, the examination of race and white supremacists by HBO’s Watchmen is a perfect and logical sense continuation from the events of the comics, which honours Moore’s aim of examining the natural conclusion of how the existence of actual superheroes will coincide with real historical events.

After all the recent talk about “woke culture” (not a thing), Watchmen is another example of how the show is merely a reflection of the current culture and those deriding it are the ones who are being left behind or are refusing to accept that times have changed.

And besides, we’re allowed to watch what we want to watch without people review bombing it on Rotten Tomatoes as an act of bad faith. If Watchmen isn’t your thing, there’s plenty of other content out there.

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