Monday, April 05, 2021

seen on Tim Pool's show: the Brits made sex illegal??

On Tim Pool's "Timcast" show, the claim was made:  the British have made sex illegal (presumably as a pandemic-related measure).  Here's the article that Tim cites (it came out last year, during the early summer):

British government faces mockery over coronavirus sex ban (June 2020)

From the article:

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government faced widespread mockery on Tuesday over coronavirus rules which were cast by some media as a “sex ban”, though a junior minister said the regulations were aimed at keeping people safe.

Under amendments introduced to English rules on Monday, no person may participate in a gathering which takes place in a public or private place indoors and consists of two or more persons. Britain’s tabloid media cast it as a “bonking ban”.

“What this is about is making sure we don’t have people staying away from home at night,” British junior housing minister Simon Clarke told LBC radio when questioned about the ban.

When asked if the rules allowed couples to copulate outdoors, Clarke chuckled and said: “It is fair to say the transmission risk of coronavirus is much lower in the open air than in internal space, but obviously we do not encourage people to do anything like that outside at this time or any other.”

On Twitter, #sexban was trending in the United Kingdom.

So it sounds to me as if the "sex ban" notion is an interpretation of the actual ban.  While the ban probably does result de facto in a lack of sex, the point of the ban wasn't specifically to prevent copulation.  Interpretation or not, this doesn't worry me; I suspect the Brits are clever enough to figure ways around this incovidenience.  After all, if you use a condom, you're technically not touching your partner.  (Just refrain from all other skin-to-skin contact.  This gives new methodological meaning to "wave your hands in the air like you don't care.")

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