All characters depicted in this image are 36 years of age or older, divorced and very, very mean.
We’ve been hearing about this case since sometime in 2006 when customs officials opened up a package for Christopher Handley, a U.S. Otaku from Iowa, containing a couple of lolicon manga volumes. Now a court has seem fit to Jail him for 6 months for possession of “obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children.”
Now, considering the maximum sentence he could have got was 15 years, he got off easy. But this case raised serious issues about what constitutes harmless artistic expression, even if pornographic, when it comes to depicting seemingly underage characters.
Now, I hate child abuse in any form as much as the next guy, but punishing for mere drawings seems like an exercise in thought-crime and a dangerous precedent for artistic expression. Add this to the fact that from the many lolicons I’ve met in my life not one of them has been into actual children; hell, not one of them was into actual human beings. These people usually suffer from a very deep case of 2D complex and while they are messed up in more ways than one, they’d first die of seclusion than commit an act of abuse against any human being.
A charged topic if I ever saw one, what’s your take?
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