Dream wrote:gmalivuk wrote:Dream wrote:but people buying fake underage porn are low on my list of people who's rights need defending.
The problem with pedophilia is the potential to hurt children. Adults pretending to be children aren't children, so here we have someone finding an outlet for what must be a pretty terrible sexual preference to have, in a way that doesn't hurt anyone. So I'm sorry if I don't lump those folks in with, you know, people who *actually* rape kids...
Neither do I. But as I said, furnishing people with fake child porn is not something I'm about to make a freaky stand about. I'd guess (and it's only a guess, not an argument) that pervasively available fake child porn would also tend to normalise desires for young partners in those for whom such thoughts are a fleeting occurance which they might otherwise reject as unwelcome. It would certainly help those who need an outlet for a sexuality they are aware is damaging to its victims (where they exist). But there is therapy, psychiatry and support groups, or there should be, to help with that too. I don't see much need to add fake child porn. It's not child porn methadone.
Alternatively, I would like to make a distinction between people who can tell the difference between reality and fantasy, and people who can't. Just because material is available doesn't mean the desire will be normalized, just as people who read superhero comics don't necessarily believe in vigilante justice, or people who play violent videogames don't necessarily think violence is the solution to everything. Those who can't tell the difference between fantasy and reality, have deeper issues.