posted on Feb, 10 2005 @ 06:22 PM
There are reams of Japanese Manga with titles like "Ogre Rape", and they captivate a huge percentage of the market share for reading material in
Asian countries, and especially Japan. There are also countless movies that SEEM to depict underage sex, but the majority of them must carry a
warning message before the feature saying that nobody being depicted is under that age of 18. That seems pretty ridiculous to me, because it sets a
sort of precident. Does that mean fiction writers like myself no longer have the option to write about child abuse and the effects of it?
The supreme court says that pornography is anything that has no artistic merit and inspires sexual thought. Artistic merit is a matter of taste, and
you CANNOT legislate taste, it's impossible. Therefore the rule is hollow, because one mans pornography is another's art. My writing might be
considered by some to be pornographic because of excessive violence and sexual situations, but because my intent was to create a piece of art, that's
what I'm going to call it. Anyone who disagrees with me is free not to buy my book, but censoring it because some people don't like my vision is
illegal and immoral. The idea of a free press should be boundless. People don't like the idea of Nazi literature used for recruiting, well neither
do I, but there's nothing that can be done about the printing of it! I think it should simply be illegal to recruit members for certain
'terrorist' organizations, but that sort of infringes on the right to free assembly.
Basically what it comes down to, wait to bring charges until the crime has been committed. If we want to try prevention that's fine, but we have to
work within the confines of a generally accepted framework. You cannot prosecute people for thinking, or for wanting, or for painting and writing
about things that are deemed offensive by some. It will end badly. The only solution is to try and educate our children better and not abuse them,
so they don't grow up to be sick, violent child predators. As for the non-violent child molesters, as I said in my earlier post (which nobody
appeared to read judging by responses), they are acting on their natural instincts and if you want to hold them accountable, we have to do something
other than just lock them up or shoot them as some advocate. That's like shooting your mailman because he has blonde hair, and you are deeply
offended by that particular color. It's insane, and in the end no better than killing for any other physical or mental byproduct of evolution.
There has got to be a better way, perhaps if children were better protected, child predators wouldn't have the oppurtunities they currently do. Most
parents don't even watch their kids these days, is it any wonder so many are kidnapped and abused? This whole situation makes me really mad, because
it deflects a huge portion of the responsibility from negligent parents and our apathetic society, and it places it on those whose instincts compel
them. I repeat, there has got to be a better way!