Threesomes, privacy, and the law


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“Throw moderation to the winds, and the greatest pleasures bring the greatest pains” –  Democritus

One of my favourite online newspapers is the Telegraph in the UK. It tends to be a paper whose viewpoint is moderate. Typically British papers will carry affairs or the occasional well known person going to a swingers club; however, I do not see many articles about BDSM in the British media and when I read this one, it made me think. It made me think about using the internet to share our sexual interest, how alternative sexual practices are misunderstood, and the law.

In this article a man is being prosecuted for engaging in sexual activity in front of a child and possession of extreme pornographic material. The prosecution is the result of a social worker seeing online images of a child with him and a naked woman.

In my opinion, this article serves as a reminder when posting photographs no everyone will view them the same way as you and the need to be vigilant that any threesome photograph shows consenting adults in a legal consenting act. Otherwise, it may lead to criminal prosecution. Likewise, this author believes, this article demonstrates the need to keep a perspective and not become too enmeshed in the lifestyle where that it adversely impacts others.

At least from my perspective, I have to question if this individual did not post pictures on the internet, would he be prosecuted? My belief, he probably would not have and I feel, had he kept a balance in his life then he may not have taken his participation in the BDSM lifestyle too far. Finally I believe this article demonstrates the need to take any sexual practice, like threesome, in moderation without it becoming an obsession and the need to share everything online. If that perspective is lost and having a threesome becomes an obsession then more than likely, negatively consequences will follow.

4 thoughts on “Threesomes, privacy, and the law

  1. Another minor point is if you use a digital camera as most of us do now, be sure and turn off GPS locations on your camera. If your camera has a GPS then the default is typically to record the GPS location along with the image. A guy found this out a while back by posting some inappropriate pictures. The police looked at the image file saw it had a GPS then showed up at his house and arrested him.

    I’m not advocating that you do anything illegal, just be aware of taking a picture and having the GPS location recorded in it as EXIF data.

    • Good point, especially since laws regarding privacy very greatly to from location to location. For example US Constitution does not directly guarantee privacy. It has been construed from amendments such as the fourth and fifth with the first amendment setting a limit for privacy. The Constitution only applies to government not, private individual. Whereas the UK has the Data Protection Act that is directly applicable to individuals and the Human Rights Act Article 8, Right to Privacy, which has the power of a constitutional right. Article 8 protection generally protects individuals from the government and unlike the US Constitution Article 8 can apply, in certain situations, to matters between individuals. In essence this means UK right to privacy is much more stringent than the US. Thereby requiring individuals to be more scrupulous in their actions.

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