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10 November 2010 @ 04:24 pm
What The Hell?  
This is all kinds of wrong: The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure by Phillip R Greaves the 2nd.

His product description reads:

This is my attempt to make pedophile situations safer for those juveniles that find themselves involved in them, by establishing certian rules for these adults to follow. I hope to achieve this by appealing to the better nature of pedosexuals, with hope that their doing so will result in less hatred and perhaps liter sentences should they ever be caught.

Oh. A kinder, gentler way to sexually abuse children.

Nick Mamatas has a great post about the slipper slope of banning such works about criminal activities. Sad but true.

Mamatas then links to a post on The Smoking Gun where the author says he has sold only one title and claims he has never, as an adult, engaged "in sexual acts with children" as TSG called it. OK, then, how do you have the knowledge to write the book? Hmmmm.

One of the commenters there offered this link to a similar-themed book on Amazon: Understanding Loved Boys and Boylovers.

One thing is obvious: the internet has made pedophiles bolder. Now that they are in touch with each other, no pun intended, they think they are some kind of oppressed group. So why not openly publish how-to books?

I'm thoroughly sick now.

UPDATE: Amazon Defends "Pedophile's Guide"
W. Lotus: Mr. Creazilwlotus on November 11th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
I don't blame you for being sick!
No. No. No. There is no justifying this. If you "love" that person so much, wait until they are the age of consent to make ANY move. Period. Case closed. I will not hear anything else on the matter.
Tapatitapati on November 11th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
Re: I don't blame you for being sick!

almighty_patsyalmighty_patsy on November 11th, 2010 03:20 pm (UTC)
I don't think the internet has introduced a new ability to be in contact, just higher LEVELS of it. My experience with the Catholic church suggests to me that within its ranks, pedophiles have known each other and communicated and helped each other out, for at least fifty years (I see absolutely no reason not to assume that the same has been true for many years before that.) I'm sure others could testify to similar groups in other insular communities where abuse is allowed to continue.
Tapatitapati on November 11th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
My cousin's husband was part of a pedophile group pre-internet, but I suspect it was much smaller than these internet networks. He traveled a lot for his job so he had exceptional access.

Now, the sheer numbers they can get in touch with makes them feel more and more like this is a normal thing. I've seen that line used in SVU and I suspect it comes from real cases, from their research. The internet is unparalleled when it comes to helping people network with like-minded people.
Phatchick: Whup A$$ladybrigid on November 11th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
It may not be illegal to publish such books but IMO it is unethical. While anybody can write anything (I'm a firm believer in the 1st amendment, even with shit like this going on) but Amazon is a business and has some obligation to its customers. IMNSHO, this is like hearing someone say he'd like to rob a bank and then hand him a loaded semi-automatic and the blueprints for the First National Bank. If the cops arrest a child molester and this book is found among his belongings, I sincerely hope the kid's family sues Amazon for their part in the crime.
Tapatitapati on November 11th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)

First, great icon!

Yes, I can't argue that publication should be outlawed but Amazon does have a choice about what it sells. Is turning away pedophile customers such a big deal? I agree, they should be sued if such a thing happens and the perpetrator has this book.