It’s not a thread, it’s a post. Stupid cat.

Hi guys. I try not to write about the same thing too often so I was not planning to talk about sex, or capitalism again for quite a while. But some things just need to be addressed.

In this post I will be writing about how current child pornography laws actually have nothing to do with protecting children, and are instead intended as a means to legislate away certain kinds of sexuality, both harmful, and harmless:

Read this article.

Summary: three girls, two 15 and one 14, who took nude photos of themselves and sent them to friends (something popular enough now to have its own name: ‘sexting’), have been charged with the distribution of child pornography. These are federal offences and if convicted they will face jail time and decades on a sex offender list where they can be identified by everyone as someone who traffics in kiddie porn.

I have a question for the police, prosecutors and lawmakers:
ARE YOU TOOLS COMPLETELY OUT OF YOUR FUCKING MINDS?!?!

Sending this nice lady around is a much better way of stopping teens from having sex.

Listen I have no problem with child rapists and repeat offenders being on a list so they can be monitored. But this has gotten completely out of control.
It isn’t an isolated incident either. Here are two more articles about the same phenomenon.

Quote:
“kids need to understand that this is dangerous.”
No, it isn’t! As far as I’m concerned it’s safe sex. Sure many of them will look back on those images when they are older and feel really silly, but you know what? That’s life.

Forms of oppression this stupid really are too annoying for me to deal with.
Yes, I said ‘oppression’. What would you call it? Because this isn’t about porn, it’s about trying to legislate away normal sexual expression.

I shall now demonstrate the truth of that statement.

Constantly making up for his better known cousin, Pedobear

See the argument in favour of these ludicrous laws is that they are in place to try and protect children. Let’s look at that shall we: Hmmm…..
Well shit, I guess the law completely failed on this one. Not only have the laws failed to protect these kids, but the law is actually being used to traumatise them. Jail time and then going onto a sex offender list as a distributor of child pornography? Sorry kids, your lives are now over.

And as those articles mention this isn’t an isolated case and I haven’t even mentioned all the cases where 2 underage teens have consensual sex with one another and both are charged with sexual abuse of each other, both get jail time and both go on the sex offender registry.

And think about this: the entire idea behind the laws are that they prevent or punish child abuse. Well where the hell is the abuse here? Have these kids abused some other kids? Ummm…nope, they have not. Have these kids somehow abused themselves? Ummm…double nope, because that’s impossible. You can’t ‘abuse’ yourself. All abuse involves an unfair power relation between people whereby the abuser uses their power to render the victim powerless and then perform other forms of harm on them.

Well you can’t disempower yourself. That’s impossible. If you make a decision to do something, and then you do it, that is the very definition of being empowered. If someone forces you then, naturally, that is something quite different, because once again that involves an unfair power relation. And any feminist will tell you that no one has any business controlling who those girls can and cannot show their bodies to. Those are their bodies and these are their decisions to make.

Some will of course say that these girls’ pictures will live on via the Internet, and never go away. Well that’s true, and if it embarrasses the girls and boys involved then that certainly is a negative consequence.

But you can’t legislate away negative consequences. Either these kids know what they are doing, or they don’t, but in either case you can’t use the law to punish people for doing something stupid.

The only time, the only time, that the law should step in is if it can prevent harm to someone.

“Everyone should be allowed to do whatever the heck they want as long as they don’t hurt anyone else.”

I believed that simple statement when I was 12 years old, and the older and more educated I have become the more perfect, true and vitally important it has become. There is no such thing as a victimless crime. If there isn’t a victim them it shouldn’t be a crime. Thus far I have not found a single exception, and if you can think of one please post it :)

These kids have done nothing wrong. Leave them the hell alone. If you think they have done something bad then educate them, and get them some therapy. Sending them to jail is so over-the-top that it is truly obscene, unlike their pictures which were simply part of natural sexual experimentation.

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