The Scottish government intend to outlaw smutty innuendo. The Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill, due to become law in September, includes provision for a new offence of “communicating indecently”. The Bill reads:
If a person (“A”), intentionally and for a purpose mentioned in subsection (3), sends, by whatever means, a sexual written communication to or directs, by whatever means, a sexual verbal communication at, another person (“B”)—
(a) without B consenting to its being so sent or directed, and
(b) without any reasonable belief that B consents to its being so sent or directed,
then A commits an offence, to be known as the offence of communicating indecently.
If this was enforced rigidly, most of my friends would be in prison. These luddites aren’t living in the 20th century, let alone the 21st. Are the Scottish government actually insane? Or do they merely hate free speech and civil liberties? Either way, this is an absurd law.
As Reuben Bard-Rosenberg of OurKingdom points out, if someone says something sexual to you that you don’t like, you can always tell them to fuck off.