Following the U.N.’s proposal to outlaw lolicon and shotacon (see posts here and here), the OHCHR have posted letters from certain respondents to their website. Official statements from State parties and organizations were made public. However, as far as I am aware, letters from individual respondents, such as myself, were not made public. Many States replied with criticisms on the proposed ban, including Japan, Austria, and perhaps most surprisingly, the USA.
Time to commit another suicide in less than a week, this time academic suicide. The United Nations are planning to change its definition of “child pornography” to include work that do not involve actual children. At first glance, that sounds like a good idea, but let me show you why it is not. I have […]
About a year ago, I found myself watching a documentary on “adventure playgrounds” in the U.K. Adventure playgrounds, I discovered, were places where there was no soft, man-made flooring to fall on, no shiny plastic jungle gyms. Instead, there was dirt and grass. Bits of junk like planks and bolts were scattered on the floor. It wasn’t pretty and groomed; it resembled more of a junkyard than what we would recognize as a “playground” today. But as you heard the kids laugh and play as they swung across a pond on a rope, you knew that they were excited to be there.
Ole Martin Moen began his 2015 essay with the following statement – “Pedophilia is bad”. The reason it is bad, he wrote, is because of the amount of harm it can cause. However, practices that do not harm children are morally “all right”. In this article, I will be responding to his argument that adult-child sex is immoral.
I sent the MAP Starting Guide to Ipce these days and today none other than Frans Gieles replied to my email . He published the text on Ipce , although erroneously attributed only to me, when Hikari co-authored the text with me (I already asked him to correct it). Gieles, who is virtually the owner […]
Because this seems to be one of my most popular posts, I would like to give a disclaimer on the information presented here. These are anecdotes. They are not meant to be evidence of anything other than some people claim to experience some child-adult sexual activity as positive.
These anecdotes tell us very little about the riskiness or prevalence of positively experienced sexual activity between children and adults. If you would like more scientific information about the riskiness or the prevalence of positively experienced child adult sex, I can recommend these posts:
The following is a work-in-progress compilation of positive experiences and memories, gathered from people who experienced child-adult sex as children. I am looking for co-authors to help me add and organize these accounts. The accounts must be verifiable.
Todd Nickerson (2007) writes: “[T]here are enough assholes out there who can manipulate kids into doing things they don’t want to do, perhaps causing them real distress and such, and they could easily hide behind such laws by convincing children that they had consented when they hadn’t or to pressure them to say they did anyway. In an ideal society there would be plenty of discussions and places where children could complain if they didn’t like what was being done, but we’ll never have an ideal society. Thus, I agree that children, who are especially vulnerable to coercion and manipulation, deserve speacial (sic) protections in certain areas, and I would say that sex is one of them. That, in a nutshell, is why I am against dropping the laws.”
I can concede that our current society is dangerous for children to consent in – however, I believe that there are several root causes of abuse which can be eradicated or at least their effects greatly mitigated; these include poor quality sex education, adults’ sense of entitlement over children, and shame and embarrassment in talking about sex. These have proved to be consistent inductors of CSA within cultures around the world. Not only do I believe these issues can be addressed, but it is our duty to address them, for without doing that, CSA will continue to flourish. Because of its dubious effects at preventing sex or sexual abuse, I do not believe that the age of consent laws are the most effective way to prevent child sexual abuse – awareness and openness are. The age of consent may indeed have negative effects in that it criminalizes both harmful and harmless relationships and creates an atmosphere of secrecy which may be more inductive to isolation and abuse than a visible relationship.