I Conservative MP s proposing a new law to ban stories about the sexual abuse of children. Of course I detest the sexual abuse of children. This is a grave crime and must be punished as such. Of course it rather depends on one’s defintion of child and abuse. But that is another matter.
No child is harmed by the writing or the reading of a tale. As there is no victim there can in truth be no crime. If he wished to ban works that write of the sexual abuse of childrent his would have to include Lolita, the Bible, the Koran, Romeo and Juliet. Saying that stories beofre are certain date are exmpet makes no sense. Ok these works do not relish in under age sex. the fact is that under age sex happens. I do not think it is a good thing. If it is 2 underage people that is plainly not as harmful as an underage person and a mature adult.
Why does this man have an unhealthy fixation with this topic? Is he trying to hide his own proclivities by posing as this crusader in defence of children? He is leading a witch hunt.
I have not read any such stories but I am sure that many of them are repugnant. People always speak wryly of the Marquis de Sade. In fact his 120 Days of Sodom was banned for over a century after he died. I have read a brief summary of it that doe snot contain any quotations from the actual text. The story is about little girls and boys being kidnapped – taken to a dungeon – tortured and raped for months. This is patently a harrowing tale that would disgust any right thinking person. However, I do not wish to impose my moral or artistic tastes on others.
By banning these revolting stories we invent a thought crime. We watse police time – the courts’ time and taxpayers money. We fill prisons where dangerous men might otherwise be held. It starts us on a very dangerous course of forbidding things because most people find them distasteful.
The said Tory parlimentarian said that these stories may fuel the fantasies of paedophiles. That may be the case – but I know of no such evidence. It is wrong to prohibit it on suspicion. Moreover, such tales may in fact sate some men rather than tantalise them on to act out their sick fantasies.
The fact that porn is forbidden in Saudi Arabia and the like does not prevent rape there.
We do not ban war films because it will lead to wars.
There is the trouble of what one categorises as child porn tales. A colleague of mine had a worrying penchant for stories about child abuse. The novels did not talk up child abuse as a positive thing but seemed to sympathise with the victim and seek to highlight what a ghastly thing the abuse is. I know this only from the bumpf on the back cover.
Liberty should be robustly defended. These moral authoritarians are bullies. I am afraid that the mob will be easily swayed to do injustice. A vicious assault on liberty is in the offing. This is a very emotive topic. Anyone who speaks up for something as fundamental as the freedom to be unpopular will likely to denounced in the most libellous and foul terms.