If this sounds like something that is so absurd that it should have been covered by Leftystrat instead, you’re probably right. We’ll forgive his oversight because of his dental problems.  (Get well soon, and if the dentist looks like Steve Martin, wait for the next available one!)

It seems that anytime breasts are shown in their natural state, from now on, in the nation of Australia, they must be larger than A-cup.

(Let it sink in.)

Not because Australian males are obsessed with breasts it seems, but because their board of classification (analogous to our MPAA) believes that small breasts being shown might lead to pedophilia.

Where do they get the energy to make these huge leaps in thought? Can it be true?

[from the Australian publication Crikey, by way of Reddit ]

The internet has its “outraged” face on over news that the Australian Classification Board plans to refuse classification to films depicting A-cup breasts in case it encourages pedophilia.

The story was kickstarted by a press release on Wednesday from the Australian Sex Party on the censorship of female ejaculation in film, which included the statement:

The Board has also started to ban depictions of small-breasted women in adult publications and films. This is in response to a campaign led by Kids Free 2 B Kids and promoted by Barnaby Joyce and Guy Barnett in Senate Estimates late last year. Mainstream companies such as Larry Flint’s Hustler produce some of the publications that have been banned. These companies are regulated by the FBI to ensure that only adult performers are featured in their publications. “We are starting to see depictions of women in their late 20s being banned because they have an A cup size”, she said. “It may be an unintended consequence of the Senator’s actions but they are largely responsible for the sharp increase in breast size in Australian adult magazines of late”.

The piece was seized upon by website Somebody Think of the Children (“discussing censorship and moral panic in Australia”), blaring the headline “Australia bans small breasts”:

after a few other non-essential items we go to –

For its part, the Australian Classification Board has responded to the original Somebody Think of the Children post:

A spokesperson for the ACB told me today that publications which contain offensive depictions or descriptions of persons who are or appear to be persons under the age of 18 (whether they are engaged in sexual activity or not) must be classified RC. They said the Board classifies publications on a case by case basis, in accordance with the Guidelines for the Classification of Publications, the Code and the Classification Act and that the Publications Guidelines do not specify breast size.

Not that the internet seems to have taken notice, as the original story continues to gain traction around the web.

Never let the truth get in the way of a good trending Twitter topic.

This will become great fodder for the people against everyman publishing, and they could be right. On the other hand, there are hoaxes covered every day by the main stream media, so I believe we are at a Mexican standoff.

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