What's wrong with child pornography?© 5 November 2018 Marthijn Uittenbogaard
Most people believe that the moral laws in our society are justified. If not, these moral laws would have changed already. But looking back, we see that the morality has changed. When you look at the sexual morality, then you see a lot of changes compared to one hundred years ago, but also when you compare it to some decades ago. Sex outside marriage is much more accepted nowadays. Homosexuality is much more accepted. Contraception is much more accepted. Adult pornography is much more accepted. Some things are still not accepted by a large majority of the people in Western countries. Abortion and prostitution are still under fire by many people, and everything concerning child erotica, child sexuality and child pornography. I predict that all these things are going to be accepted by a large majority in the future.
In the 1950s, writing about sexual stuff could lead to the prohibition of that writing. Books with the word ‘neuken' (fucking) in it were banned. The morality police would come into action. Porn magazines were not allowed, and what was considered porn at that time also included images like sexy lingerie photos we today see in public advertising on billboards.
The adult porn movies and magazines were partly to satisfy our feelings of lust. But they were also at the same time of a political nature: they challenged our sexual norms. That is why many porn videos were shoot in civil household situations. Not in a modern looking art décor household, but in an old fashioned one. To challenge our norms. Let us be thankful to those early pornographers.
Most child porn today is produced by children themselves. This I read in De Groene Amsterdammer (18 October 2018). We as a society want to warn the children not to make sexy images of themselves. We always want to solve this problem with the repression of children's sexuality, because that is what we don't want: sexual active children. We lie to them, that we just want to protect them. There is nothing wrong, in my opinion, with minors producing porn. There is nothing wrong with minors uploading these images and videos on the internet. It is only wrong if someone does upload stuff without the permission of those involved. We have privacy laws to prevent or punish such behavior.
When pornography, including child pornography, will become more accepted, then the shame will at the same time decrease. So involuntarily sending someones nude picture to a friend of yours would be, while still wrong, less damaging. Less unnecessarily suicides will occur. We just have to learn people, of all ages, to be kind to each other, not to bully each other, and to respect their wishes, their privacy.
Only looking at pictures never should be illegal. Even if these pictures are of an abusive nature or placed online without the consent of the children. Almost every adult is interested in child pornography. It is a lie to say only so called pedophiles are interested in these images and videos. Also children are interested, of course I would say, in child pornography.
In the same article in De Groene that I mentioned, we can read that the Dutch morality police does not want to arrest all child porn viewers anymore. They have not the capacity to do so. (No public institution ever says we have too much people employed.) They pick the dangerous ones to prosecute. People working with children, they consider a threat. And of course if you are caught by someone that informs the police they will prosecute. Or if you are a prominent figure. So when the Dutch morality police has a list of hundreds Dutch IP addresses they don't go after all of them. How kind of them… I still see them as bastards destroying lives of innocent people. You only need to go after persons that do bad things. I'm convinced these people (doing bad things) are a minority of the people caught by the morality police. I also hope the Dutch morality police will not share foreign, like US, IP addresses but I'm afraid they do without hesitation, knowing about the cruel and inhuman life destroying convictions in many countries.
So when more and more people are producing child porn, more and more minors producing such stuff; when more people are watching it, then in the end the morality police and our society as a whole will say: it's normal, let's change our laws. That is how it always goes with morality laws.
So when you read that a man is caught looking at improper images concerning minors, then hope for him that his friends will not turn down on him, hope that he will not get punished very harsh. See him as a hero doing things you wanted but not dared to do. I write he/him because women are more sexually repressed and they are still behind, they will one day also enjoy child porn as much as men do and hopefully as children do. I believe in freedom for all.