(SISTER POST: My 2-D attraction isn’t the same in real life)
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 a person with a primary/exclusive sexual attracted to children. You see that world CHILDREN? Well, 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, regardless of if you go by the medical definition or social definition. Now, I’ve had a few people mention “pedophilic tendencies” to me after I mentioned the definition of pedophilia and child and 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 widely accepted definition for “pedophilic tendencies.” ….Wasted 15 minutes of Google’n for nothing. So, 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
A said some of this before, but I feel the need to say it again: There are a few keywords in that definition: 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 someone a pedophile. There are to pedophilic tendencies unless you’re referring to personality traits, of which there is no general consensus on. There is no dictionary, medical book, or expert on this PLANET 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 grounds for a diagnosis of “pedophile,” socially or medically.
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. 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(if they defend their attraction or actions) and I find human children to be physically repulsive and annoying along with many adults. And 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 half of all country. Lolicon is legal in most countries or not yet addressed legally. In Japan, it is legal in spite of opposition from much of the government. 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. So, in saying that- 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, as I keep saying.
2) Child Porn, as I said, is illegal. Lolicon is not. The law defines Child Porn, not you. Yep, we are back at those pesky definitions again.
Finally I’d like to address the jackasses that want to ban lolicon. There is NO good reason to ban lolicon. Lolicon is fake. One of the few reasons I hear people give when calling for a loli ban is that “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 fiction and crime. 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(no harmful impacts). Hell, 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. That was a study ordered by a woman that was hoping to provide proof that there IS just cause to ban fictional child porn and that blew up in her face.
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. And, you know what? If you still, after all this, want to see loli/shota banned, then lets try this: DRAWINGS DO NOT HAVE ACTUAL AGES. That is one of the many reasons why it is stupid to criminalize loli/shota. Let me ask the anti-loli’s something. Are you proposing police throw people in jail if a girl depicted in fiction LOOKS 8 or actually has an ASSIGNED age by her CREATOR that puts her under 18? If we are talking about your crappy definition of a “child” then how can you tell the difference between a 17 year old and 18 year old anime character when it’s hard enough to do it in real life without an ID? A 17 year old is a child after all(in many countries), right? Or is it different in your mind? Since Anime characters do not have IDs, what do you propose we do to solve this – drop the age of consent? Will you then call for people with sexual anime images of girls that appear to be under 12 to be arrested? Can you tell the difference between 12 and 13? Are fictional girls that are 14 or 16 not worthy of protecting from sexualization in your world? If you are going to go by looks, will you eventually demand pornography depicting adults that look under 18 be banned, thereby treating adults that look young like children? Are you going to then call for adults that have sex with adults that appear to be underage be arrested for child molestation? If you are proposing criminalizing fiction, it’s pretty easy to see a big ass slippery slope not to far out in the distance.
Just as an extra, I’d like to address a statement I’ve seen non-Japanese anime/manga fans repeat a lot: “Lolicon hurts the image of anime.” Some of you may have heard this statement, some may have not but allow me to point out how extremely ridiculous and inaccurate that statement is. There, I did it. Now allow me to save myself time by saying why it’s wrong by default: If you’ve paid any attention to the multiple attempts the Japanese government have tried to regulate loli, you know that a majority of active Anime studios, well-known staffers within the industry, manga/magazine publishers, and authors of manga have spoken out AGAINST the very suggestion that the Japanese government pass any laws or regulations against anime/manga/eroge that sexually depict what appear to be “children.” The fucking industry in Japan obviously has no issue with it by majority, so let me ask you this: Who knows more about what is best for the industry? The moron that is against loli or the industry? If you are too ignorant to know the answer, I’ll give it to you: THE INDUSTRY! So, is loli harmful to the industry? No. What is harmful is governments trying to restrict the creativity of those in the industry.
Also, another thing: Anime/manga piracy websites that take a stand against lolicon because it MIGHT be illegal is about is ridiculous and hypocritical as a terrorist taking a stand against gun violence. You’re either within the law or outside the law and piracy websites are just as much in a legal grey area as loli, but the difference is that the feds seem to care more about piracy than loli so
I think I have made my point very clear. Liking lolicon doesn’t make you a pedophile, it’s not child porn, your reasons for wanting to ban it are down right retarded, and you’ll have a tough time enforcing the laws.
Public survey on if loli/shota/virtual child porn should remain legal: Sodahead
Anime erotic subculture goes mainstream(MSNBC Article mentioning Lolicon)