As for the material, itself, I don't necessarily equate manga depicting younger characters with pedophilia. Many characters in manga are not portrayed in particularly realistic fashions. Kids are often more mature, both mentally and physically than they are in real life. I have also met several people in the past who have had an interest in “loli” manga and art who lead perfectly normal lives and have perfectly normal girlfriends well within the legal limit. Hell, I've even met straight girls who are into that stuff.
I bolded a certain important part of this for discussion.
it's true that drawn stuff tends to be vastly different than child porn in my opinion for this very reason. Those drawn children aren't real, and most of the time they don't even look like REAL children. How many 9-year-olds do you know who has an D-cup set of breasts? How many 9-year-old girls have curvy child-bearing hips when it's usually only teenagers who start to develop child-bearing hips once they get past being 13-year-olds?
And this isn't only applied to Japanese hentai. I see plenty of dirty American pornographic cartoons which draws people in simlar ways. ever seen images of underaged teenage boys with impossibly giant dicks, underaged female characters from cartoons such as kim impossible having an massive set of breasts for some reason?
So for this reason I just can't seem to visualize that anybody would automically become an pedophile if they were to look at such images, and possibly enjoy it. it's like those cartoon characters might as well be adult midgets, rather than real children.
I'm also curious to see what people think about drawn depictions of underage boys having sex with older women. I find it is one of the biggest inconsistencies in the US since we tend to be far more concerned with depictions of young girls than young boys, to the point where professional publishers can put out comics depicting this sort of scenario without anybody batting an eye about it being pedophilia.
you know, this is something I've been pissed off about lately. I fucking hate this double standard.. (pardon my cussin').
It's been competely proven in dozens of studies that young boys suffer just as much as young girls do should they be preyed on by members of the opposite sex. In fact Young boys tend to react much worse than young girls in such situations. The trama tends to leave such a impact on those young boys that they will actually turn into serial rapists, pedophiles, and even serial murderers.
Yet despite all this information out there making it very obivous that the effects on a young boy by an oppsite sex preadtor is more or less the same as when the situation is reserved…. people still somehow seem to accept it.
Adult men who doesn't even understand what it's like to be preyed on, will even joke: “Lucky little bastard!! Where were those women when I was young? LOLOLOLOL!!”
I wonder if they would still joke about it if they were able to look into the said young boy's future and see him growing up to be an serial murderer of women.
So if people aren't allowed to have lolicon on this ridlicious notion that owning those makes one a pedophile, then they shouldn't have Straight shotacon (younger women with underage boys), neither.
Also, I've heard that same old tired arugement regarding normal porn. people once thought upon a time that porn could cause a man to go out and rape women, etc…..
Turns out that the opposite is true. it actually doesn't cause men to become more horny than they normally would be in life. In fact it actually cuts down on the chances that a man would go out seeking to get laid one way or the other. After all, if you want to get a fix, just look up porn on the net and whack off!
there's also a study out there that provided that it reduced violent urges in inmates, and that in areas where porn was readily allowed, there was a dramatic drop in rape and murder cases.
So following the logic here, shouldn't lolicon and shotacon do the same for any supposedly pedophiles out there? Despite the fact that those “children” doesn't look like children to start with?
This is why it's even tolerated in Japan at all, they basically believe in this logic.