porn parade – questions

The Erotica porn industry exhibition (forgive me for not hunting for a link – !!!) got free advertising by way of the now infamous and highly controversial ‘Boobs on Bikes’ parade.

Auckland City Council tried to stop the topless ride down Queen St., but Judge Nicola Mathers allowed it, commenting that it was ‘not offensive per se for women to be topless’, and that her court was not one ‘of morals and it was her job to stick to the law.’  She also said, “It may well be that the parade is tasteless but equally it may be that in a more mature society the vast majority might consider it harmless.” (source)

Christians (not that they’re the only ones who protest) often react in quite predictable fashion, and I don’t wish to contribute to this ‘reaction’.  However, I am concerned about this, and have a few questions/concerns…

  • I’m curious – if in 10 years time, Steve Crow and Co. plan to have (for example) a live rape porn demonstration on Queen Street, what precedent are we setting for ourselves in order to stop it?
  • Who runs the city?  The people?  The government?  The police?  Steve Crow?
  • How strong is the reasoning of Judge Nicola Mathers?
  • At what point does behaviour become ‘offensive’ or ‘harmful’ enough to require the government to step in?  Is there no such point?

Protesters to the parade were heckled and had objects thrown, and 2 female media reporters were asked (in so many words) by various crowd members to take off their tops and show their ‘goods’…

Wow – this kind of event really brings out the best in our community, doesn’t it?

2 thoughts on “porn parade – questions”

  1. Funny thing is, I was at the The Rock FM’s screening of Tropic Thunder last night and the young lady from The Rock tried to get the audience excited by asking who had been in the city today to watch the Boons on Bikes parade. She was meet by a deathly silence.

    Undeterred she proceeded to try and give away some ‘mens’ calendars for those who had missed out, with little initial success. It took her having to open a calendar and some heckling of her predominately male audience to get a few guys to come down to grab a calendar.

    I’m not sure if this just represents that the porn business is still a very private (maybe shameful) part of some mens lives or that society as a whole really isn’t ready to fully embrace pornography for porn’s sake?

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