Shortly after Sex at Dawn came out, I started receiving emails from a guy who wanted to enlist my support in his campaign to change the laws prohibiting sexual relations between adults and children. I guess he figured that since Cacilda and I had
But I have to wonder about the recent arrest of Phillip Greaves, the author of a book about pedophilia. The law prohibits the visual depiction of sex involving children, but Greaves' book contains no pictures—only words. I'd agree with most readers that words describing or advocating sex with children are offensive and probably dangerous in some ways. But is that reason enough to arrest Greaves and others who write such words?
I doubt it. I don't hear anyone talking about outlawing books about murder, rape, genocide, or torture. Nor, for that matter, do I hear much talk of outlawing the visual depiction of these crimes, which is a constant presence on TV. To be clear, I don't think these things should be prohibited. Hell, I'm a big fan of Deadwood, The Wire, and I even
How can it be perfectly legal and respectable to make movies in which kids are dismembered with a chain saw but it's illegal to write a book about having sex with them? Am I missing something or is this a wide-open window into the soul of an utterly irrational society?