What is lolicon? Since this post is about the non-Japanese definition, I’ll use that one: It is a theme of anime, manga, and eroge in which underage/child-like female anime characters are sexually depicted.
As many of my long time readers and most of my on and offline friends know, I am a fan of lolicon and some shotacon. I have never ONCE denied that or tried to hide it. I’ve been interested in it since 2006 or 2007. In the years that I’ve been interested in it, I’ve heard a very common and ignorant statement. That statement? That ALL lolicon fans are pedophiles and lolicon is CHILD PORN. One of those are false and the other one varies by country.
First I shall address the “pedophile” part. Pedophilia is a psychiatric diagnosis. The “in a nutshell” medical definition of a pedophile is the primary/exclusive sexual attracted to children. The definition of a child is a person below the age of majority. A person is defined as a human. By definition alone, you can’t accurately call someone a pedophile simply for being attracted to drawings that look underage.
I’ve had a few people mention “pedophilic tendencies.” If you want to get into “tendencies” then we’ll have to look at what actual experts would call “pedophilic tendencies.” …wait, there is no such thing as “pedophilic tendencies.” I wasted 15 minutes of Google’n for nothing. Well, let’s look at what would result in a diagnosis of “pedophilia” by the EXPERTS:
DSM-5: “To be diagnosed as a pedophile, the individual has to either “feel personal distress” about their sexual interest OR have a desire or behavior that harms another PERSON or involves “unwilling or persons unable to give legal consent.”
To go into further explanation,
“Pedophiles would be diagnosed with pedophilic disorder if their attractions toward CHILDREN are causing them guilt, anxiety, alienation, or difficulty in pursuing other personal goals, OR if their urges cause them to approach children for sexual gratification IN REAL LIFE.” -Ray Blanchard, PhD, adjunct psychiatry professor at the University of Toronto and Sexologist
There are a few keywords there: PERSON, CHILDREN, and IN REAL LIFE. I don’t think I have to repeat the definition of a person or child, and I think you all know what “in real life” means.
So, as you see, that’s what makes a pedophile. There are to pedophilic tendencies unless you’re referring to personality traits, of which there is no general consensus on. Nowhere is there any official definition(medical, legal, or dictionary) that includes an attraction to nonhuman things such as anime characters that appear to be or are “underage” as “pedophilic.” An attraction to a flat(or small) chest, small body, immature behavior, etc is not a pedophilic tendency and I say this based off what I’ve seen in my 8 years as a lolicon fan.
So I’m sorry, but there is no expert or definition that would make a person attracted to drawings into a pedophile. Now if you still believe ALL lolicon fans are pedophiles, then you must also believe that people who love Grand Theft Auto and horror movies are Psychopaths. That too is a medical diagnosis. You are out of your mind
The point is, not all lolicon fans are pedophiles and you have no proof or logic to support the claims that they all are. I’m not a pedophile. I honestly don’t like pedophiles and I find human children to be physically repulsive and annoying. To be fair, I’ve met many lolicon fans that were pedophiles. I have also met many that were not pedophiles. I have experience with these people(lolicon fans) and lolicon in general so I am fairly sure I know more about lolicon and it’s fans than you do.
NEXT, I shall address the “Lolicon is child porn” claim. Child porn is banned in almost every country. Lolicon is legal in most countries or not yet address in the legal books. Japan, it is legal despite public opposition. In America, it is legal but in a legal grey area according to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. It is legal in Switzerland too and that country is know for common sense laws. Hell, it is legal in most countries or simply not legally addressed yet. So, Lolicon is not child porn for 2 reasons:
1) The United Nations and most countries define a child as a HUMAN below the age of majority. Anime characters aren’t humans.
2) Child Porn, as I said, is illegal. Lolicon is not. The law defines Child Porn, not you.
Finally I’d like to address the jackasses that want to ban lolicon. There is NO good reason to ban lolicon. Lolicon is fake. The second most common reason for banning I hear is “Lolicon will make people sexually abuse children!” No it won’t. There is countless research that shows more porn = lower sex crime. There is a very detailed study from Ayako Uchiyama and Milton Diamond, PH.D. that shows countries with more porn availability have lower sexual crimes. Might I also add that the same studies that have been conducted on video games and violence can be used as reference too? Those too show no connection between games and crime. Also, Sexologists Rik van Lunsen and Erik van Bee in the Netherlands concluded that it is best to legalize virtual child porn for this very reason. And, in 2012 a Danish newspaper pubished a study ordered by the Justice Minister in Denmark to see the effects of fictional child porn and it concluded that there is NO CONNECTION between fictional child porn and the sex abuse of actual children.
The another common reason people give for wanting it banned is because it’s “disgusting”. Fine, don’t like loli? Shota? DON’T LOOK AT IT! Banning something because you don’t like it isn’t a reason to ban it. It is a reason for you not to look at it.
I think I have made my point very clear. Liking lolicon doesn’t make you a pedophile, it’s not child porn, and your reasons for wanting to ban it is down right retarded.
Public survey on if loli/shota/virtual child porn should remain legal: Sodahead
Anime erotic subculture goes mainstream(MSNBC Article mentioning Lolicon)