What is lolicon? 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 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. A pedophile is an adult that has a PRIMARY attraction to children under the age of 13. Now, unless you are qualified to make medical diagnosis it is safe to say you don’t know shit. AND if you are dumb enough to say anime characters are children, then you REALLY don’t know shit. You see, a child is defined as a HUMAN below the age of majority. Are anime characters humans? Are they a “person”? No. It would be nice if they were, but they aren’t. By that alone, any chance of you being able to accurately label all lolicon fans pedophiles just died.
Now if you really 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 am an anti-pedophile activist. I’ve met many lolicon fans that were not pedophiles. I have experience with these people and this controversial form of porn/erotica. I am fairly sure I know more about lolicon than you do.
NEXT, we shall address the “Lolicon is child porn” part. Child porn is banned in almost every country. Lolicon is legal in most countries or not yet address in the books. Japan, it is legal. 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. They are the people who would know the legality of it more than you and I. It is legal in most of Australia. I could go on. 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 most common defense I hear is “Lolicon is harmful to our children!” No it isn’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. Sexologists Rik van Lunsen and Erik van Bee in the Netherlands concluded that it is best to legalize virtual child porn. Also, 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.
Look, I could go on. Even if a minority of lolicon fans do abuse children or are pedophiles, that doesn’t mean lolicon is to blame and it damn sure doesn’t mean you should punish the majority for the actions of a minority. I think I have made my point very clear. 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.
ADDITIONAL READING: Anime erotic subculture goes mainstream(MSNBC Article mentioning Lolicon)