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Reddit: No More Suggestive Content Featuring Minors 722

First time accepted submitter say_hwat writes "Today Reddit announced that it has banned subreddits dedicated to posting sexualized imagery of people under the age of 18. Last year, the site came under fire for r/jailbait, a subreddit dedicated to posting images of people under 18. The subreddit was shut down, but many others, such as r/gaolbait and r/bustybait, continued existing or sprung up afterwards. The policy change today came hours after a thread on Something Awful called for a public campaign against Reddit's lax attitude towards the sexualization of children. The Something Awful thread creator claims that Reddit's administrators know about child pornography being traded, but refuse to act. Among others, the thread creator cites r/preteen_girls as being particularly egregious."
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Reddit: No More Suggestive Content Featuring Minors

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  • by bonch ( 38532 ) * on Sunday February 12, 2012 @10:56PM (#39015511)

    Probably a lot of normal people's reaction to Reddit's policy change is "You mean sexual imagery of children wasn't already against the rules? How is that not firmly established from day one?" Unfortumately, the Reddit admins' bizarre six-year acceptance of child porn on its site is reflective of an overall lax attitude in online geek communities. Rather than seeing themselves as what they actually are--just nerds running computers--they like to perceive themselves as freedom fighters battling all forms of censorship in the world. This lack of practically toward obviously illegal stuff leads to a lot of eye-opening attitudes toward issues of sex and gender. For crying out loud, Reddit's statement actually refers to this new rule as a "slippery slope," as if it's somehow more difficult for them not to censor legitimate information if they can't have a subreddit named /r/preeteen_girls devoted to underage photos submitted by creepy Facebook stalkers.

    The lax attitude toward this sort of thing even comes from community leaders like Richard Stallman, who wrote on his blog [stallman.org] that "[P]rostitution, adultery, necrophilia, bestiality, possession of child pornography, and even incest and pedophilia ... should be legal as long as no one is coerced. They are illegal only because of prejudice and narrowmindedness." And he told an interviewer [arnnet.com.au] that people who redistribute child pornography are "not participating in the crime" and so shouldn't be censored. Hell, even bringing this up on Slashdot risks copious downmods from Stallman fans (it's happened in the past).

    There has to be a line drawn between OMG-FREEDOM-AT-ALL-COSTS and posting sexual pictures of children. Living in a civil society requires some level of protection of the innocent. Reddit should shut the hell up about slippery slopes and do what it should have done six freaking years ago.

  • Jeans (Score:5, Insightful)

    by erick99 ( 743982 ) * <homerun@gmail.com> on Sunday February 12, 2012 @10:59PM (#39015539)
    Now, if we could get the folks who market jeans and other clothing to teens to stop using sexually suggestive images of people under 18 . . .
  • Moral Panic (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Nicknamename ( 2572429 ) on Sunday February 12, 2012 @11:00PM (#39015541) Journal
  • It wasnt really CP (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 12, 2012 @11:08PM (#39015587)
    I mean photos like : http://imgur.com/d4Ymc [imgur.com] dont qualify as CP do they? cause thats what most of the content was
    Oh, and thanks SA for pushing people who watched photos minors willing took and posted of themselves towards the darker parts of the net where actual children would be being exploited for photos
  • by decora ( 1710862 ) on Sunday February 12, 2012 @11:08PM (#39015591) Journal

    entitled "lax attitudes towards child labor", then we could throw in the entire tech industry and the mountain of factories in china.

  • Re:Jeans (Score:5, Insightful)

    by OzPeter ( 195038 ) on Sunday February 12, 2012 @11:10PM (#39015607)

    Now, if we could get the folks who market everything to anyone to stop using sexually suggestive images . . .

    Sadly I have to go with FTFY

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 12, 2012 @11:11PM (#39015609)

    You obviously don't know what they mean by "Slippery Slope". The problem is when you start censoring stuff that isn't against the law technically, then you have people trying to do it more and more over stuff against their political, religious or moral codes irregardless of anyone else's. And from what I know (don't actually use Reddit but did RTFA from news.com) they already removed child porn when it popped up but only the stuff that actually could be classified as such, the problem is people kept trying to push the envelope as far as they could so they could post it and still keep it up. So they finally had to implement this to keep from having to dance that fine line over and over again and giving them headaches doing it and any legal risks that came with it.

    There is a big difference between a 7 year old doing anal sex and a picture of Lisa and Bart Simpson having sex.

  • by jamstar7 ( 694492 ) on Sunday February 12, 2012 @11:12PM (#39015613)
    Depends on what you consider kiddie porn. Way the hell back when, the JC Penny & Montgomery Wards catalogs used to print pictures of child models wearing underwear and pajamas. When the laws in the US started getting weird, those pictures disappeared. Seems somebody convinced the marketting department that said pics of child models could be used by pedophiles as porn. Being wary of their potential liability, the ads died. To me, it's all in the eye of the beholder. If you're searching out porn with a vengance, you'll find porn in anything you look at.
  • by Darkness404 ( 1287218 ) on Sunday February 12, 2012 @11:15PM (#39015637)
    So, in other words we should ban things because you don't like them?

    Your logic is no different than the logic used to ban all sorts of things.

    Living in a civil society requires some level of protection of the innocent.

    Protection from what? Protection against someone looking lustfully at a picture? A picture that, in most cases, you took and posted on the internet?

    If you want to talk about slippery slopes look at what you are saying, that a PICTURE is the same thing as actual harm. Laws against such things border on the absurd, for example the man who was convicted of photoshopping "pornographic" pictures that looked underage. Where was the crime there?

    There is a pretty huge difference between the rape of a child to suggestive pictures (most likely) posted by a minor.

    Possession of a picture should not constitute a crime.

  • by wisnoskij ( 1206448 ) on Sunday February 12, 2012 @11:18PM (#39015659) Homepage

    If they banned all content that was illegal there would not be much/any left.
    Of course it is a slippery slop. What happens when Muslims ask for all any anti Muslim content to be banned? What if Ireland asks for all any Christian content to be banned. What if China asks for all anti government content to be banned? What about gay porn?

    And who defines child porn? Even the US states cannot agree on a single age of consent and an age limit is not universal.

    "[P]rostitution, adultery"
    Adultery obviously should be legal, why involve the government in the affairs of a marriage?
    Prostitution is legal in most countries.

  • by king neckbeard ( 1801738 ) on Sunday February 12, 2012 @11:21PM (#39015683)
    The attitude of 'online geek communities' is probably due to the fact that 'child pornography' laws are often quite ridiculous, especially given the degree that they conflict with age of consent laws and the behavior of minors. Teenagers now have easy access to cameras and the internet (often on the same device), and being packed with hormones, often share risque pictures of themselves, which likely makes up a significant amount of the content if not the overwhelming majority on this subreddit. In most of the western world, the age of consent is 16, so anybody above 16 and below 18 can engage in all kinds of crazy sexual acts with just about anybody else above 16, but if someone distributes a nude picture shot by the teen, it's possibly 'child pornography.'

    Regarding Stallman's point, I'd say you pretty much have to be nuts to disagree. The question is that with necrophilia, bestiality, and underage sex, it is questionable whether or not one party is capable of truly giving consent, and if that is the case, then they would be considered coerced under all circumstances. Incest raises some questions regarding offspring, but I think Stallman was willing to have a condition that such couples must use birth control. Realistic studies of prostitution seem to suggest that at the very least, decriminalizing it leads to much better means of stopping sex slave trade and other abuse of prostitutes, because the victims are no longer criminals that take big risks in seeking help.
  • by MightyMartian ( 840721 ) on Sunday February 12, 2012 @11:25PM (#39015705) Journal

    It doesn't surprise me at all. Stallman is a fanatic, and fanatics tend to lack that element of pragmatism that shows where a philosophical position may have necessary limits. I'm certainly not one of his disciples, that's for sure.

  • by anonymov ( 1768712 ) on Sunday February 12, 2012 @11:25PM (#39015709)

    He has stated multiple times that he doesn't believe in censoring child pornography or preventing its distribution (see links here).

    Yes, he also doesn't believe in censoring collateral murder videos and animal abuse videos in those same links. That surely makes him a latent pedophile, murderer and cat strangler.

    Trying to dismiss his writing as sarcasm is absurd when he has repeated his views on so-called "voluntary pedophilia" and child porn elsewhere.

    I thought "I often enjoy rhinophytonecrophilia (nasal sex with dead plants)." is quite a giveaway. Your missing sense of humour aside, 'Richard Stallman, who wrote on his blog [stallman.org] that "[P]rostitution, adultery, necrophilia, bestiality, possession of child pornography, and even incest and pedophilia ... should be legal as long as no one is coerced. They are illegal only because of prejudice and narrowmindedness."' is quite a way to frame a quote, don't you think?

  • by dbet ( 1607261 ) on Sunday February 12, 2012 @11:29PM (#39015739)
    Except there was no child pornography. I never heard of this subreddit before the controversy yesterday, so decided to check it out. It was pictures of fully clothed children. The threads had lewd comments (like "mmm yeah") which gives it a sexual context. But where's the line? Is discussing the sexualization of children a crime?

    I'm on Reddit's side because as a web site operator, you can't afford to be in the gray area opening yourself up to costly legal battles over issues you might not even care strongly about. I just don't think the content was as objectionable as actual child pornography would be.
  • Re:Jeans (Score:5, Insightful)

    by dgatwood ( 11270 ) on Sunday February 12, 2012 @11:30PM (#39015747) Homepage Journal

    Now, if we could get the folks who market jeans and other clothing to teens to stop using sexually suggestive images of people under 18 . . .

    ...or get the parents to stop letting their kids dress that way. We're not talking about kiddie porn here where someone is being abused. We're talking about idiot teens dressing like hookers by choice, posting pics of it, and then everybody getting all up in arms because those pics get spread around. Don't want those sorts of pics to be so common? Try telling your kids "no" once in a while. Just saying.

    Treating the symptom doesn't cure the disease. The pictures are the symptom.

  • by black3d ( 1648913 ) on Sunday February 12, 2012 @11:30PM (#39015751)

    Your comments pretty much prove exactly why Reddit calls it a "slippery slope". You talk of a "six-year acceptance of child porn on its site", with the example given being "underage photos submitted by creepy Facebook stalkers."

    The issue is the two are not the same, yet many people like to treat them as such. The slippery slope is that sooner or later nobody (not even parents) will be able to post pictures of their own children on the internet. At many public events parents are banned from taking photographs of their _own_ children. With posting, the problem that arises is "what constitutes a sexual picture of a child?"

    To some, perhaps even yourself, merely the context of the individual posting the pictures deems the pictures to be "child porn". They believe if someone's posting in alt.preteen.hotties (not a real newsgroup), then its child porn, no matter the content.

    Does any aspect of nudity make a picture pornographic, in which case are pictures of your kids playing in the pool topless, child porn? Or the many millions of parents who've taken pictures of their childs first bath - are they porn producers? If it's not porn, then someone gets that picture and posts it on alt.preteen.hotties, is it NOW porn all of a sudden?

    Is it the pose? In which case, if a girl is posing on her back with her undergarments exposed, it's pornographic, but if there's a photo of a girl whos fallen over backwards and her undergarments are exposed, is it also pornographic?

    As I explained before - the slippery slope is that soon nobody will be able to post any photo of a child on the internet, because of fear-mongering by think-of-the-children bleeding hearts who don't even understand their own position.

  • by JoshuaZ ( 1134087 ) on Sunday February 12, 2012 @11:31PM (#39015759) Homepage

    There's a decent argument for most (not all) of Stallman's position. The essential problem with pedophilia is that children can't consent in an informed fashion. But that's not much of an issue for most of the rest of that list. If someone states in their will that people can use their body for necrophilia, then why should society have a problem with it?

    The issue of possession of child porn is a really interesting case. What actual benefit comes from having laws against possession of child pornography? One can argue that exposure to child porn will make people more likely to go out and molest children. That's an interesting argument, but there's nor real evidence that exposure does make it more likely. Moreover, one could easily make an argument in the other direction- that people with pedophilic tendencies will be less likely to act on them if they have outlets in the form of porn. There's some corroborating evidence- in general rape levels go down when internet access goes up- http://www.toddkendall.net/internetcrime.pdf [toddkendall.net]. Now, you could argue that the continued distribution of child pornography will further traumatize the children who were abused to make it. But if one believes this argument, then one shouldn't have any problem with porn that has been digitally altered to look like it is child porn, something which is currently illegal. And one shouldn't have a problem with child porn when either the children are dead or as adults they've stated that the material's continued distribution doesn't bother them. Yet, again, the law doesn't allow this.

    In the case of the subreddits this is particularly interesting in that according to the people who actually spend time in these subreddits, these pictures aren't taken in any coercive fashion but are often simply found on the internet, taken from Facebook profiles, or taken at public beaches and the like. There's no real difference then than creepy individuals watching teenagers in public locations. Creepy and disturbing but not illegal. Moreover, this sort of thing runs into serious issues of legality between countries. While pretty much everyone agrees that a 12 year old can't consent, the actual age of consent varies a lot from country to country, and many are much lower than those in the US. So using a standard of 18 years essentially forces the US standard on an international internet community. In any event, it is very difficult to argue that anyone is being actually harmed by this content.

    The behavior in question is sick, disturbing and morally repugnant. But the actual measure of how much one really allows freedom of speech and tolerance is not what one allows that one doesn't mind, it is how much one allows that one does mind. In a similar fashion, one isn't demonstrating incredible tolerance when one supports gay marriage if one doesn't have a moral problem with gay marriage. The individual who has a moral problem with homosexual activity but still supports it being legal is exercising tolerance. The situation is similar in this case. The fact that we find these people to be sick and morally repugnant is all the more reason that we need to think very carefully before we say that this behavior isn't protected as free speech and basic autonomy.

  • by king neckbeard ( 1801738 ) on Sunday February 12, 2012 @11:35PM (#39015791)
    So, everyone who was aroused by the music video for '...Baby One More Time", featuring a sixteen year old Britney Spears, is creepy?
  • by betterunixthanunix ( 980855 ) on Sunday February 12, 2012 @11:36PM (#39015799)

    Children can't legally or emotionally consent to sex; there's no such thing as "voluntary pedophilia."

    Certainly at the extremes, but unfortunately there are places where an 18 year old can be accused of pedophilia because he (it is almost always males are the accused) has sex with a 17 year old. Nobody wants to see a grown man who raped a 6 year old walking free, but I think it is a stretch to say that someone is a pedophile if they had sex with someone who was only a few months younger. Unfortunately, attempts to add some sanity to these laws are politically difficult and open politicians up to accusations of not protecting children from pedophiles.

  • by wisnoskij ( 1206448 ) on Sunday February 12, 2012 @11:38PM (#39015811) Homepage

    "Children can't legally or emotionally consent to sex; there's no such thing as "voluntary pedophilia.""

    They can consent, it is just that they law does not care if they do, in this case.
    And I disagree, "voluntary pedophilia" seems like a completely reasonable term.

    Lets try to get this straight. It is not that a 17 year old is not able to make informed decisions, it is just that the law does not care about their opinions.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 12, 2012 @11:44PM (#39015849)

    Possession of a picture should not constitute a crime.

    I agree, and (most) drugs should be legal, birth control shouldn't be a subject of national debate, and creationism should be kept out of schools. But unfortunately, America is a democracy and the moral majority would rather focus political and judicial resources on issues that strike intelligent people as trivial.

    Americans are charged with producing child pornography for taking bath-time pictures of their own children. Teenagers are charged for taking topless photos of themselves. So, given that absolute fucking insanity of these laws and the people who enforce them, I'm glad that reddit is taking a sensible approach by purging material that is of no interest to 99% of its users.

  • by QuasiSteve ( 2042606 ) on Sunday February 12, 2012 @11:46PM (#39015867)

    Children can't legally or emotionally consent to sex; there's no such thing as "voluntary pedophilia."

    Setting aside the lack of distinction between pedophilia and pedosexual actions (hint: one is actually disgusting and illegal, the other is just incomprehensible (to me))...

    While children can't legally consent to sex, at which point can't they emotionally consent to it?

    Apparently children (and I'm using the legal definition of child here) can, in fact, emotionally consent to it - with other children. A lot of children do. Like it or not, statistically speaking, somewhere in that crowd of highschoolers in the school yard, is going to be at least one couple that has had sex with each other.
    If they can consent to having sex with another child around their own age, then why not with an adult?

    Similarly, some jurisdictions essentially say "the age of consent is 18" - leading to the oft-cited example of an 18-ear old having sex with their 17.997-year old SO potentially ending up being listed as a sex offender; of if only they had waited another day.. then that SO would have been capable of emotional consent, just like that, like magic.

    Now don't get me wrong - I know a line has to be drawn somewhere and I certainly appreciate the fact that pedosexuals would use similar defenses and then try to extend them to suggest that having sex with a 6-year old is totally okay, too.

    But just because the nuances are uncomfortable for us to even think about, doesn't mean they're not there.

    Thus you can place Stallman's statements into a slightly less black-and-white context.
    When he says that it shouldn't be illegal if nobody is coerced, take it exactly as such. Just because a child can 'voluntarily' have sex with an adult doesn't mean there wasn't coercion; they're just not mentally developed enough to recognize the coercion at play. In bestiality, the animal is practically always coerced. In necrophilic sex coercion is the default unless there was some manner of written contract that the deceased actually gave permission. In practice, Stallman is saying that in fact all of these things would still be illegal, except in those cases where it is demonstrably consensual. And in those cases, what would be the basis for it to be forbidden?

    Similarly, child pornography is indeed not enough reason 'to censor the internet', as the question was. Keep in mind that in order to stop child pornography completely, you're looking at having to stop such things as TOR. This is actually a nice new hot topic in The Netherlands due to an investigative reporter going on TOR, finding plenty of child porn traders, and busting a guy who actively sought out children to pretty much abuse. So half the government cries foul and next thing you know it they'll be having a debate on whether or not TOR should be blocked - even though that very same thing is helping dissidents in IRAN to get around political censorship.

    His statement regarding redistributing is another matter. Is the redistributing party aware of the content? If not (such as ISPs, TOR nodes, etc.) - how are they participating in the crime? If they are aware, however, then I very much believe they're participating in the crime by virtue of helping to sustain a market for the materials in question.

    As for the lack of reporting.. not really - Stallman is a bit out there, after all. Remember him eating stuff off of his foot during a show? Yeah, the world doesn't generally pay attention when people like that make (seemingly) controversial statements. Outside of Slashdot and the IT world at large, I wouldn't imagine people to even know who he is.

  • by Colonel Korn ( 1258968 ) on Sunday February 12, 2012 @11:48PM (#39015883)

    Depends on what you consider kiddie porn. Way the hell back when, the JC Penny & Montgomery Wards catalogs used to print pictures of child models wearing underwear and pajamas. When the laws in the US started getting weird, those pictures disappeared. Seems somebody convinced the marketting department that said pics of child models could be used by pedophiles as porn. Being wary of their potential liability, the ads died. To me, it's all in the eye of the beholder. If you're searching out porn with a vengance, you'll find porn in anything you look at.

    The western fashion and glamor industries have spent the last few decades building an female ideal based on looking like a child. Models strive to have essentially prepubescent bodies, and wrinkles, even normal facial features that normal teenagers have, must be blurred out with Photoshop or Botox. If Reddit is doing something that encourages illegal and unethical behavior, I'm glad they're changing that, but I highly doubt Reddit is a root cause. The causes are legal and backed by lobbying power, and every time people buy an issue of Cosmo or a "Barely Legal" DVD they're paying to spread the same unhealthy sexual views. Media targeting both men and women emphasize the sexiness of youth - when magazines are telling 23 year old women secrets to look 18 and movies are telling men that 18 is hotter than 19, it's no surprise that some people extrapolate and get the sense that 17 must be better yet.

  • by 0100010001010011 ( 652467 ) on Sunday February 12, 2012 @11:48PM (#39015889)

    Who said anything about beating off to pictures of 14 year olds? I said that 14+ is not a pedophilia. It's not. A person who abuses cocaine is not an alcoholic. Someone that builds houses isn't a cobbler. Slashdot erupts at people calling crackers/hackers. This is the same thing. It's not the definition of the word. It doesn't fit the definition of the word. It's not the word to use.

    As a medical diagnosis, pedophilia (or paedophilia) is defined as a psychiatric disorder in adults or late adolescents (persons age 16 or older) typically characterized by a primary or exclusive sexual interest in prepubescent children (generally age 13 years or younger, though onset of puberty may vary). The child must be at least five years younger than the adolescent (16 or older) to be termed pedophilia.

  • by Junta ( 36770 ) on Sunday February 12, 2012 @11:51PM (#39015895)

    Naked pictures of a 14 year old girl are illegal.

    I don't think that's so simple. I never did medical school, but I sure hope my kid's pediatrician had an education that included anatomical texts with nude underage people. I'm also pretty sure there exist nudist colonies where children are allowed. Also who doesn't have parents with embarassing childhood pictures that include nudity? 14 may be a bit old for the childhood pictures bit, but the other two scenarios seem likely enough.

    Other than that, I agree. The only exception is how people pining for 17-year olds are horrible people but people pining for 18-year olds are not. Any delineation must unfortunately be arbitrary, but some people embrace that delineation with an inappropriate degree of zeal without recognition of the situation as a continuum rather than a step function, with immature people over 18 and mature people just shy of 18.

  • by betterunixthanunix ( 980855 ) on Sunday February 12, 2012 @11:52PM (#39015899)

    Possession of a picture should not constitute a crime.

    Neither should possession of a plant, but we have a long history of imprisoning people and increasing the power of the police over plant possession. The possession of child sex abuse imagery crimes are partially an effort to catch the truly dangerous pedophiles (there are certainly cases where children have been rescued from abusive homes during child pornography raids), but mostly an effort to further increase the power of the police, especially signals intelligence and surveillance power. It is telling that the justice department is trying to distract the public from the question of whether or not the goal is actually the protection of children by pushing the claim that people who look at child abuse imagery are themselves abusing children (as if victims can sense every time someone views such an image).

    I am all for catching people who sexually abuse children, but the police tend to go after the low-hanging fruit, the people who stupidly download child sex abuse imagery and who are the least likely to be producing that material or abusing children. There are people out there who have been abusing children for years, and posting images of that abuse, and they take a lot of precautions -- catching those people requires substantial investigative work, large budgets, and often results in small numbers of arrests (thus making it harder for the police to ask for more money and equipment). It is hard to keep the public afraid enough to allow budgets and powers to continue to grow when you take 5 years to arrest less than 100 pedophiles; thus possession has become "abuse," and people are guaranteed to meet at least one pedophile as their go about their daily business.

  • by betterunixthanunix ( 980855 ) on Sunday February 12, 2012 @11:55PM (#39015925)
    Then I guess there are a lot of "fucking sick" people out there, because Hollywood loves dressing teenagers in provocative, sexual outfits. You have probably crossed paths with dozens of "fucking sick" people in the past week under your own definition of the term.
  • by phantomfive ( 622387 ) on Sunday February 12, 2012 @11:58PM (#39015939) Journal

    Hell, even bringing this up on Slashdot risks copious downmods from Stallman fans (it's happened in the past).

    It happens to YOU because you bring it up at every moment, even at times that are completely unrelated. It's annoying, I wish you would stop it.

  • by Junta ( 36770 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @12:14AM (#39016039)

    As such, many of us, in fact, agree with him.

    Actually, I would say the vast majority either do not know him or vaguely know him as the father of the GPL and nothing else. Every last tech person I talk to who has gone into more depth than those facts into his stance has deemed him a nutjob. Though some comments in his defense put fourth the theory that there is an underlying valid point but that point is lost in poor communication choices.

  • by cheekyjohnson ( 1873388 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @12:29AM (#39016113)

    He was completely obliterated. All logic just vanishes when it comes to children.

  • by artor3 ( 1344997 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @12:31AM (#39016123)

    That's fine as a medical definition, but when people speak in the actual world, they use a different (usually broader) definition. If I say I'm going to eat pizza or Chinese for dinner, I don't mean there's a chance I'll eat both. If I say I'm feeling depressed, I probably don't mean clinically depressed. If some jackass tailgates me while blaring on his horn, I'll call him a psycho, even though he's probably not one. And if someone is sexually attracted to a fourteen year old, I (and most everyone else) will call them a pedophile, even if they're technically a ephebophile.

  • If people are too stupid to use words correctly, whatever they say is irrelevant.

  • by bky1701 ( 979071 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @12:55AM (#39016247) Homepage
    Then why do we let them join the military?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 13, 2012 @12:56AM (#39016253)

    Oh nonsense. I joined the US Army at 17, yes 17. It was perfectly legal to do it, all I had to have was my parents permission and they gave it. So don't give me this crap that we don't let children do things. We do. We let them do really important things. I had my learners permit at 15 and 6 months, and bought my own car. I had my first job at 12 delivering papers at 4am in the morning. I had my first employee, another person to help with my paper route because it was too big at 13. I went on my first search and rescue as part of the CAP at 15, and that's where I saw my first dead body.

    Dear god, give off your high horse. We let "kids" do lots of things, they are not stupid, you're making them stupid by delaying the process of letting them grow up. Guess what, I had sex too before I was an adult! As often as I could, and I drank beer too, and even passed out at a college party on a school night! Whoopoode god damn do. And after I got out of the army I went to college, got a commission and went back in, got married, bought a house, retired from the army, started a business and turned out just fine.

    News flash: kids do all sorts of things, and most of them are plenty smart. Sex is just one more part of life, people under 18 have sex, sometimes with older people and most of the time it's consensual. And it doesn't hurt them when its consensual either. And guess what, people under 18 can in fact consent to thing that are "adult". There's no magic age when someone becomes responsible, hell I know people that are in their 40s who aren't responsible.

    But sure, stay up on your high horse, and pretend that people nder 18 are stupid and need to be protected from the world, pretend that people nder 18 are doing all the things that scare uptight people. the world is just fine without nannie state prudes. People under 18 are better off being allowed to grow up, treat them like kids and guess what they won't ever stop acting like kids.

    Hope you like having your kids living in your basement when they are in their 30s.

  • by EdIII ( 1114411 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @01:22AM (#39016343)

    The real problem is the battle between our biology and our society. It is not abnormal, for a male of any age, to be sexually attracted to a young girl who has already gone through puberty. If she has a decent rack, decent ass, etc. our dicks tell us to hit that shit hard. We can try and deny it all we want, but that is just bullshit, and we all know it.

    Where it gets abnormal is being sexually attracted to children, aka preteens. The vast majority of men don't fall into this category.

    Not every 14 year old girl looks like a child, and not every 20 year old woman looks like a woman either. I've seen some young girls with "developed" bodies to say the least and some porn stars (obviously filling a market) that look like children. It's not black and white.

    I find it strange and counter productive to be labeling what is normal attraction as some sort of psychological disorder. Far from it.

    None of this is an endorsement of sexual activity with young girls. There are damn good reasons why our society is out of step with our biology. You can go back to a point in time where average life span was much lower, standards of living were lower, education was less available, etc. Societies at that time were set up to allow much younger people to marry, or otherwise engage in some kind of relationship. It was not even abnormal for an older man (20-35) to take a younger wife (14 years old). We don't say that those men were sick perverts do we? Not to my knowledge. We evaluate that as part of our history and understand why society was set up that way to begin with.

    At this point in time a young girl lacks the maturity, sophistication, resources to deal with the consequences of being sexually active. For shits sake, they have TV shows about really young and stupid people that drive that point home fairly well.

    That pragmatism we all seem to be talking about boils down to the arguments we all have with our dicks about wanting to pile drive into some high school girl for an afternoon. The only thing our dicks understand is biology. The average man though has to consider a lot more about the consequences of those actions will be, which is largely driven by society and a mature understanding that it won't be beneficial for the young girl or himself either.

    Yes, I can get horny looking at bunch of high school cheerleaders giggling and moving around. That's normal. What's also normal is that I have ability to control those impulses.

    It does not help us to deny biology and try lumping in just about every man alive with somebody that is genuinely disturbed and attracted to a child.

    Reddit is full of shit because there is no public interest served by allowing pictures of preteen girls to be shared on their site in a clearly sexual context. It's not censorship because they are not obligated to do anything. In fact, there is a valid public interest in not allowing that content to be shared.

    Censorship is not black and white. There are some things we can come to an agreement on, and I am pretty sure this is one of them. Saying it is censorship and oppression is equating it to blasphemy under Islam like that poor dude that will most likely be put to death for his tweet about losing faith in the prophet. Hardly equal at all.

  • Re:I Left Today (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Karganeth ( 1017580 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @01:30AM (#39016367)

    The bottom line is that Reddit has been, and can be, an interesting site full of interesting content. But the willingness of the admins there to allow such abhorrent (and clearly illegal) content until publicity won't allow them to continue to do so is a glaring flaw in the organization of the site, and I'd rather not be associated with such a wild west approach to such things, especially when their morals seem to be dictated more on whether something will affect their reputation than whether or not it's right.

    The admins NEVER allowed illegal content on their site. Child pornography was never allowed. Not caring about what people in each subreddit did was not a glaring flaw. If you didn't like a subreddit, you didn't go there. It worked pretty well actually - reddit is very popular.

  • by Corbets ( 169101 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @01:47AM (#39016455) Homepage

    Who said anything about beating off to pictures of 14 year olds? I said that 14+ is not a pedophilia.

    If you'd RTFA, the most active subreddit now banned by Reddit was called /r/preteen_girls. But hey, enjoy your +5.

    What's up with the moderation to this article? Everyone opposed to trading child porn pictures on Reddit is getting modded down, and everyone defending possession of those pictures is getting modded up. Please tell me Slashdot's moral compass isn't that horribly screwed up.

    No, but those of us who agree with you are not logged on to Slashdot 24/7, unlike those who disagree with you, apparently (draw your own conclusions!). Therefore, the initial mods sent you down, but in the time since then you've been modded back up.

  • by artor3 ( 1344997 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @02:08AM (#39016531)

    I'm on a high horse?? Listen to yourself.

    Why did you wait until you were seventeen to join the military? Because society is smart enough to know that we shouldn't let thirteen year olds join up.

    Why did you wait till 15 to learn to drive? Because at twelve you would have killed someone.

    You did some underage drinking and turned out okay? Good for you. One of my sister's friends drank a liter soda bottle full of vodka on the school bus when she was fifteen and had to have her stomach pumped. Another kid I didn't really know died from choking on his own vomit after drinking at a party in tenth grade.

    You had sex as a kid and turned out fine? Glad to hear it. I lost count of how many girls in my school dropped out after getting pregnant.

    It is self-evident that infants shouldn't be allowed to do whatever they want. It is equally self-evident that adults should be free to drink or drive or fuck or whatever. Therefore there is clearly some line in between at which it becomes okay. That line shifts from one person to another, and so society can never perfectly nail it down, but to say we shouldn't have lines at all, or that they should all be back around puberty, is fucking stupid.

  • by cheekyjohnson ( 1873388 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @02:11AM (#39016551)

    there is no public interest served by

    I fail to see why something needs to serve the public interest.

    pictures of preteen girls to be shared on their site in a clearly sexual context.

    I don't understand. As far as I know, the pictures were of clothed people, were they not? Does the fact that someone, somewhere looks at the picture sexually change that? Does it even matter in the least?

    In fact, there is a valid public interest in not allowing that content to be shared.

    Such as...?

    Saying it is censorship

    I'd say it is censorship (even if you agree with it).

  • by artor3 ( 1344997 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @02:13AM (#39016565)

    It's not "incorrect". Words have different meanings depending on context. If you're claiming you've never used a word for something other than it's technical definition, then you're a goddamned liar.

  • by artor3 ( 1344997 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @03:00AM (#39016797)

    When it comes to sex, there are adults out there who want to manipulate children into having sex when they aren't ready. The law is there to protect the kids, not punish them. There are no adults who try to trick kids into being bad drivers, so we can draw the line at a younger age in that case.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 13, 2012 @03:14AM (#39016839)

    And when it comes to war, there are adults out there who want to manipulate children into killing and dying for ideology when they aren't ready.

    Either teenagers are already able to conciously manage risks - then why do they need protection against persuasion - or they are not - then why they are allowed to make decisions like getting driver's license or enlisting.

  • by Lord_Jeremy ( 1612839 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @03:17AM (#39016853)
    You're totally missing the point. Police go after people possessing part of a dead plant to combat the production of said plant. Police go after possession of child pornography to combat the production of child pornography. Theoretically, by making the possession of child pornography more dangerous, they are reducing the value of it. Which in turn reduces the demand for production and thus the value inherent in producing it.
  • by bill_mcgonigle ( 4333 ) * on Monday February 13, 2012 @03:25AM (#39016881) Homepage Journal

    Then why do we let them join the military

    Because 25-year-olds rarely sign up to take bullets for some corrupt politician's psychopathic ambitions.

  • by lightknight ( 213164 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @03:25AM (#39016883) Homepage

    Sadly, I find myself in agreement with you. I browse Reddit as often as Slashdot, and while I am not subscribed to the subreddit in question, posts from it do occasionally find their way to my front page (popularity / cross-posting, I guess?). Needless to say my eyebrows were raised the first time I ran across it, however, upon closer inspection, there does not appear to be any illegal / illicit content; perhaps there is some illegal content, but none that I am aware of (as a mod (albeit for a different subreddit), I'm fairly certain any user posting that kind of stuff would be nuked off the site immediately -> instant banning / vaping).

    The problem, of course, is that once someone uses the sword / accusation / mention of CP, everyone dives out of the way to avoid being seen as anything other than "100% totally against, tear everything down, no appeals, no trials." Loads of fear around it, more so than being accused of murder, rape, or (since this is /.) copyright infringement; and to be honest, that fear is justified -> the mere accusation of sexual misconduct in today's society will end someone's career and have them shunned / shot at / killed, even if the charges are proven fraudulent (the townspeople didn't catch that newscast saying that the charges were dismissed? Too bad, they'll wake you up at 3 AM, to the smell of your house burning down, with you in it). And yes, I believe it does qualify as censorship (it's in the same territory as thought crimes): having done nothing illegal, there is no crime. We are dealing with a situation in which someone wants something outlawed because of what other people "might be doing in their own minds." And last I checked, your mind is a private, sacred place, where no one may intrude.

    And yes, the "public interest / policy" can go visit r/spacedicks, for the one of two reasons, whichever one you think is more sound / pleasing: 1.) the US Constitution (that old rag of a document, that supposedly has some sort of inalienable rights etched onto it...freedom of speech / freedom of the press, all that jazz), or 2.) because in faraway but similar land, a certain group of people sewed yellow stars on their garments as it was in the "public interest" of the people, of that time, to identify and rid themselves of a less desirable group. - That has your set-in-stone supreme law of the land / living document open to repeated reinterpretation argument wrapped up cleanly.

    On a final note, what is truly bothering to me, is how easy it is for everyone to support / defend popular speech, but how lacking that support / the defense is for unpopular speech. We're all like "Rah rah rah! Freedom of Speech! Greatest country on earth!" but when it comes time to test that belief, we're all like "Blasphemy! Burn the witch!"

    TLDR; This place is silly.


  • by AK Marc ( 707885 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @03:40AM (#39016929)

    What the hell is with all the people trying to rationalize pedophilia on this site?

    I've seen nobody rationalizing child abuse. But the pedophilia response seems so insane that anyone logical and not overly emotional should be on the side of the pedos. Not that it's "right" but that laws against an image are silly. Lying and calling an 18 year old having sex with a 17 year old "pedophilia" is stupid, and in accurate.

    I'd say the "think of the children" pedophiliaphobists cause more harm to children than help. Throwing children in jail for taking pictures of themselves, and such. That does more to detract from those actually abusing children than help them. There's so much effort on targeting 17 year old "victims" who aren't victims any more than Tracy Lords who forged a passport to do porn (a passport so authentic that the US government accepted it as ID multiple times) that the innocent children harmed go uninvestigated.

    It reminds me of MADD. At this point, MADD should just declare victory and disband. Instead, they focus on prohibition, rather than safe driving.

  • by Taco Cowboy ( 5327 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @04:03AM (#39017015) Journal

    Agreed. I guess that's just the types we get around here.

    'scuse moi, but just WHAT types are you referring to?

    Tell me, is a picture of a little girl biting a banana considered as "Child Porn" ?

    That picture may be just an innocent picture of a little girl enjoying a sweet banana, but to the minds of some, that innocent picture is "sexually suggestive" and therefore, HAS TO BE ABSOLUTELY BANNED !!!

    Who is sick, may I ask?

    The child, who enjoy the banana?

    The guy (or gal) who took the pic?

    Or the person who saw porn when there was none?

  • by crossmr ( 957846 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @04:25AM (#39017071) Journal

    It's the culture of fear.
    It's hard for the media and other figures to justify their moral crusade if they can't use a scary word like "pedophilia" to refer to 25 year olds who are attracted to a 16 year old because she's built like a pin-up girl.

  • by Beelzebud ( 1361137 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @04:30AM (#39017097)
    If your statement starts with, "I'm not defending child porn, but" ,you should just stop typing, and quit while you're ahead.
  • by eggstasy ( 458692 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @05:22AM (#39017257) Journal

    You seem to think 18 year olds or 21 year olds or even 30 year olds are necessarily mature.
    I think there's something wrong with your argument ;)
    Idiots are everywhere and they exist in all ages.

  • by ruvablue ( 2571043 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @05:39AM (#39017293)
    "Children have fully adult brain function at an average of age eight. The rest of childhood, as far as the brain is concerned, is learning stuff, beginning with the word "WHY"! I think this author seems to disagree with you: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/10/teenage-brains/dobbs-text [nationalgeographic.com] Brain scientists are leaning toward saying that our brains are not mature until they are around age 25.
  • It's true, ordinary language evolves and differs between contexts, which is the reason people invent technical terms, which have exactly one definition. People who know what a technical term means should fight to defend that term from usurpation and ambiguity just as corporate lawyers fight to defend trademarks from being genericized. Cancer is an astrological sign as well as a metaphoric term, which is why doctors call it a "malignant neoplasm". If you call some other medical condition a malignant neoplasm, a doctor will tell you to STFU and adhere to the correct definition.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 13, 2012 @06:11AM (#39017389)

    I'd think it was the person who created an Internet forum dedicated to collecting hundreds of pictures of little girls for the purposes of sexual gratification, and all the people who then subscribed to that Internet forum.

  • by nu1x ( 992092 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @06:40AM (#39017449)

    The wider question is why is unforced sex bad in any case.

    Why are photos of children brutally mutilating other children ok, but some suggestiveness, that harms none, bad at all ? WTF.

    What has happened to human species that they started to associate sex with bad things ? Religion ?

    This is on the level of making a sin out of eating, and people only eating in secret and begging "forgiveness" to"god" for the sin they are making, think about how absurd that would be.

  • Re:I Left Today (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Cainam ( 10838 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @08:59AM (#39017893) Homepage

    Better stop using the internet. I hear it's full of bad stuff, just like Reddit!

  • by OeLeWaPpErKe ( 412765 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @09:05AM (#39017929) Homepage

    That's cute. Let's now consider the same picture with the term "jailbait" below it (or as a section header, or ...).

    What exactly does said pic refer to then ?

  • Re:Jeans (Score:4, Insightful)

    by fafaforza ( 248976 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @09:49AM (#39018193)

    I honestly despise FTFY responses. You're putting words on people's mouths, or telling them that they misrepresented their own thought in what they wrote. It seems very rude and presumptuous. Honestly, why are you a better judge of the thoughts that are in my head than me?

  • by bjwest ( 14070 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @11:45AM (#39019603)

    I'd say the person who put it online in a part of a website dedicated to sexualised images of children, and the site which knowingly lets that happen. Cut those two out, and the problem is gone.

    The problem is no more gone than if you were to take a cup of water off the counter and pour it down the drain. The water still exists, you've just removed from your sight.

    The only thing you've done is removed the images from your view, thereby makeing yourself feel like you've "helped the children" when in fact you've done very little to solve the problem.

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