I feel that if we seek to change the sex laws and sexual behaviors of the west. It’s important that we leave no stone unturned because every inch of American sex law is corrupt. I personally believe that our perception and combative strategies against child pornography need to be changed as well.
Teens and adults both routinely get put in prison for ‘‘possession of child pornography’’ and honestly I think our definition of what constitutes as child pornography on a legal level needs to change because the subject definitions of child pornography are vast.
I personally believe that selfies taken by teens of their own nude bodies shouldn’t constitute as child pornography but there are many ways that teens can expose their own bodies in a picture. Some of them don’t even take selfies but rather sit the camera on some structure giving the impression that the picture was taken by someone else and believe it or not, teens can consent to asking another person to take a picture of their exposed bodies. There are also parents who go to jail for taking pictures of their young children in the bathtub or at a fucking pool party where they are half-naked. And because mental abuse is a major component of child molestation, it’s pretty difficult in some cases to determine whether or not a picture of a nude minor or a minor in a sexual act was taken with malicious intent.
Because of these issues, I propose the following solutions:
Possession of child pornography should only be a punishable offense if the media in subject displays obvious sexual violence. If the media in question comes from a movie, it is disqualified as child pornography. At the same time, I do not believe that any federal authority should be allowed to use state surveillance to track and locate individuals who have questionable material on their private devices. It’s a hard pill to swallow that the USA routinely uses state surveillance for this goal and many others under the guise of ‘‘national security’’. State surveillance is easily abused and is a violation of human rights and privacy.
Alternatively, I would also suggest a lack of punishment for possession of child pornography but rather criminalizing its production, meaning that rather than going after people who have media displaying sexual violence of children, we go after the people who produced it. I feel that this would make a bigger difference as a person who possesses media displaying sexual violence for children isn’t really harming anyone if they keep it to themselves and if they keep sharing it, the source material becomes increasingly murky. I also believe that if we place the porn industry under federal supervision as all industries should be, we could end up cleaning up the porn industry in a manner that alleviates sexual violence in pornographic material entirely. The only reason why the porn industry is as shady and chaotic as it is, is because there is very little to no federal supervision over it.