My favorite part about it all right here. What I love about these arguments is that they’re almost completely identical to the words shouted by conservatives, protesters, and detractors regarding LGBTQ rights.
Child pornography is defined as, and limited to, depictions of ACTUAL children being subject to sexual exploitation and abuse. This is because child pornography depicts an actual person, and would not exist, by definition, if that person were not exploited or abused in some manner.
It does NOT include depictions of fictionalized, or otherwise nonexistent ‘persons’.
Nobody deserves to be put in jail over a fantasy, be it a drawing, the written word, or computer-generated image.
The same arguments being made over and over!
The idea that pedophilia could become normalized by media which presents it in a positive light shows exactly how weak-willed, emotional, and irrational these types are. They’re not liberals. They’re behaving just like their grandfathers during the Civil Rights era by demonizing and villainizing something that is harmless and not at all likely to cause harm and does not contribute to any harm!!
It reflects a lack of faith and confidence in society to know the difference between real life and fiction, both in the context of action and desire.
“But it’s pedophilia! They want to harm children! They fantasize about it!”
So what? They’re fantasies. There are plenty of people who fantasize about worse things than this who do NOT go on to act on their desires, namely those with rape fetishism, exhibitionism, etc.
There’s a reason why the DSM-5 made a delineation between pedophilia and pedophilic disorder.
The research, although complicated, does not show a causal relationship between having these types of fantasies and actual CSA, nor is there any evidence that it could progress to real-life harm or harmful acts.
This is not the liberal way. These are emotionally-charged arguments with absolutely no empirical ground to stand on.
This… pedo-populistic hysteria, this literal moral panic witch-hunt mentality we’ve seen come about more frequently against cultural icons or antecedents just goes to show how regressive this mentality is.
We’ve got our work cut out here with this… I’m almost tempted to sign just so I can comment how stupid these people are being, but I know for a fact that it won’t do much. I can see other users commenting that it’s harmless, that it isn’t CP, and that it’s legal. But for everyone saying things like that, there’s another stack of irrational messages and posts.