Submit on Dirty Sesh misogyny

Dirty Sesh may have underestimated exactly how offensive New Zealand finds stabbing women in the post-Sophie Elliott world:

Chief censor Bill Hastings told NZPA the Department of Internal Affairs had submitted the video to the Office of Film and Literature Classification.

Interested parties, including Move the Crowd Records, Rape Prevention Education, the Society for the Promotion of Community Standards and the Department of Internal Affairs, were yesterday invited to make comments on the video.

They would be given two to three weeks to make comments before they were considered by the Censor’s Office and classified.

I’m curious about who has been invited to make comments, so checked this out with the Office of Film and Literature Classification.  They will accept any submissions, from any organisation or member of the public, as long as they are received by Friday 9th April.  The best way to submit is via email or fax 04 471 6781.

The relevant legislation is here, in particular:

In determining, for the purposes of this Act, whether or not any publication (other than a publication to which subsection (2) of this section applies) is objectionable or should in accordance with section 23(2) be given a classification other than objectionable, particular weight shall be given to the extent and degree to which, and the manner in which, the publication—

  • (a) Describes, depicts, or otherwise deals with—

    • (i) Acts of torture, the infliction of serious physical harm, or acts of significant cruelty:

    • (ii) Sexual violence or sexual coercion, or violence or coercion in association with sexual conduct:

    • (iii) Other sexual or physical conduct of a degrading or dehumanising or demeaning nature:

    • (iv) Sexual conduct with or by children, or young persons, or both:

    • (v) Physical conduct in which sexual satisfaction is derived from inflicting or suffering cruelty or pain:

  • (b)  Exploits the nudity of children, or young persons, or both:

  • (c) Degrades or dehumanises or demeans any person:

  • (d) Promotes or encourages criminal acts or acts of terrorism:

  • (e) Represents (whether directly or by implication) that members of any particular class of the public are inherently inferior to other members of the public by reason of any characteristic of members of that class, being a characteristic that is a prohibited ground of discrimination specified in section 21(1) of the Human Rights Act 1993.

If you care as much about it as the comments suggest, submit.

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