Re: Private Activities This Film is Not Yet Rated is pretty interesting and somewhat relevant to the topic. It points out some pretty absurd examples, like a film getting (or nearly getting? It's been awhile since I saw it) an NC-17 rating because it showed a woman's face during an orgasm, but films full of brutal murder are easily rated R or even PG-13. A woman's moment of pleasure is somehow more offensive than brutal murder when it comes to film classification in America, and that is pretty ridiculous.
Re: Private Activities >I still think the restriction comes from ordinary consensus. Mothers rate things and governments follow their consensus.
It's mothers, wives, insecure women, nuns, donation-conscious pastors and pussy-whipped "males" in and out of government... It's also sex-challenged people who are on Big Pharma (70%) and/or fat and over-weight so much they are embarrassed to strip down to fu_ck or watch others strip down and fu_ck.
In summary: ANYONE WHO DOESN'T LIKE FUCK_ING OR CAN'T FU_CK HATES PEOPLE THAT CAN AND DO.
And to present this on a movie screen just rubs it in. So, since these a-sexual "people" can not stop fuc_king in real life -- because it's illegal to barge into someone's bedroom -- they do the next best thing: censor movies and network TV, etc. and make prostitution illegal and anything they can do to stop pleasure.
Remember, the state must always be able to use PAIN to control populations. The state cannot use PLEASURE to control populations.
The National Guard isn't going to stop the current riots carrying a dildos to give the crowds PLEASURE, they are going to be carrying bats to give the crowds PAIN.
So the government has a vested interest in PAIN and sees PLEASURE as its enemy. This is why we see all the laws and social conventions anti-pleasure (anti-sex) but pro-pain (pro-violence).