I guess I feel the same way a movie buff would feel about coming to the defense of someone who imported a snuff film from the Philippines. Just because the two share an interest in works created through the medium of film doesn’t mean the two are alike.
First off, WOW. Comparing Handley’s lolicon manga and a fucking snuff film is inexcusably irresponsible! BTW, funny that he specifically brings up the Philippines. Is that a racist stereotype, or is he just psychically foreshadowing the infamous Peter Scully (who was apprehended in 2015 and whom we’ve talked about before on this forum)?
I’m a big believer in free speech and the First Amendment, I just don’t think images showing young children being sodomized is something comic book fans should feel an obligation to defend. I don’t have anything against pornography, or a person’s right to make it, own it, view it, or sell it. I really don’t. I just draw the line when it comes to pornography that objectifies children as sexual objects. Do I think that the First Amendment gives pedophiles the right to procure images of children being anally penetrated by adults? No, I sure don’t. That doesn’t make me a bad person. Really.
It’s a fucking comic, numbnuts. NOBODY’S actually getting sodomized (except maybe you, cuz you seem to have a massive stick up your ass)! “Doesn’t make me a bad person” fuck on outta here…
What I really don’t understand are those that argue that drawn child porn isn’t really child porn because it doesn’t involve real children. Its only “lines on a paper”. For a long time now, we have been trying to convince people that graphic novels can be just as substantial or as important as works created in other mediums. This “lines on paper” argument seems to negate that.
The Punisher violently murdering criminals is lines on paper, but I don’t see anybody going out en masse and shooting up drug deals. Fiction doesn’t effect reality like that. Otherwise, we’d have wannabe Caped Crusaders all over the map! “Ceci n’est pas une pipe!”
And that last bit about how “lines on paper” somehow devalues the comic/graphic novel medium… I don’t even know what to say to such nonsense. Video games are just pixels on a screen, but Goddamn if certain story-driven games didn’t make me cry like a baby! Telltale’s The Walking Dead, man. Now THAT’S a video game designed to hurt you on an emotional level…
Yes, it IS in fact just pixels on a screen and lines on paper, but those stories still MEAN something to us. But no matter how serious or sad a story is, it’s still fiction. I’m bawling my eyes out at sad movies and games, but they’re still just that: movies and games. And thinking they’re gonna have a 1-to-1 effect on reality is foolish. A character I’m attached to dying is NOT the same as a real person in my life passing away, and they never will be quite the same. Only people who have no strong IRL attachments or those who emotionally cannot distinguish between fictional characters and real people would struggle with this.