A British politician sparked outrage across the internet after she described consensual choking during sex as a "degrading and misogynistic practice."
Laura Farris, a member of British Parliament's Tory party, made the comments via Twitter. She posted a response to a recent article in Men's Health magazine that explored the motivations and mechanics of safe, consensual choking during sex.
In the caption of her tweet, Farris lambasted the magazine for what she called "irresponsible journalism."
Just weeks after Parliament legislated on exactly this issue, deeply irresponsible journalism from @MensHealthMag o… https://t.co/kzSEUnpquL— Laura Farris (@Laura Farris) 1595454022.0
Farris' tweet referred to The Domestic Abuse Bill, a piece of legislation which passed in the House of Commons on July 6.
Among several measures that ensure protection and justice for victims of domestic abuse, the bill states that defendants accused of harming their partners cannot point to "consent for sexual gratification" as a legal defense.
In other words, the bill prevents perpetrators of domestic violence from avoiding justice by merely claiming that the victim consented before they were hurt or killed. The amendment aimed to address very particular, serious situations in which domestic abusers knowingly hurt or kill their partner, and exploit kink culture to cast doubt on that judgment.
Of course, many practitioners of sexual kinks and kink culture never encounter violence. Consensual choking during sex shouldn't end with injury or death, as Farris' tweet implied.
Several people across Twitter laid that distinction out loud and clear.
@Laura__Farris @MensHealthMag It's not "deeply irresponsible" to teach people how to practice a kink SAFELY. Two co… https://t.co/DNPoRKREym— Dani Cole (@Dani Cole) 1595507081.0
@Laura__Farris @MensHealthMag i’m SURE you’re not conflating a kink (the safe practice of one, no less) with domest… https://t.co/D0ohgl6dsN— pony starwars (@pony starwars) 1595510259.0
Some also took Farris to task on her presumption of genders.
@Laura__Farris @MensHealthMag I don’t think you can call it degrading or misogynistic, it’s not something that’s do… https://t.co/dOdwfdZaPN— Sam 🌹 (@Sam 🌹) 1595512195.0
And others made sure to remind people that The Domestic Abuse Bill is so much more than the minor piece Farris launched into the front and center.
@Laura__Farris @MensHealthMag prison didn't make an honest mistake, and it's very very difficult to accidentally ki… https://t.co/GdMxDGsr2J— Alya Zayed (@Alya Zayed) 1595516048.0
@Laura__Farris @MensHealthMag This is not what they legislated on.— Franki Cookney (@Franki Cookney) 1595527298.0
At this time, the Domestic Abuse Bill awaits approval from the House of Lords before it can be signed into British law.
If the content of the bill is any indication, it's safe to assume that the discussion will cover a whole lot more than Farris' hangups about safe BDSM practices.