Child porn is being 'normalised' by panic merchants

January 13, 2004

Like most of you, I have never seen any explicit images of adults having sex with children. Of course, the idea is repulsive. But I am also sickened by those seeking to prey on our emotions by turning child pornography into an all-purpose moral panic for our times….Instead, the crusade against the spectre of child pornography reflects society’s obsession with regarding children as potential victims of abuse, and adults as potential paedophiles. So parents worry about taking pictures at the school play for fear of what others might think, and anybody trying to photograph a child at the local swimming pool risks being sentenced to summary drowning. One effect is to taint the innocent pleasure of looking at pictures of our offspring. Perhaps the police should set up checkpoints to search men’s wallets for photos of little boys and girls…

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