Pat Califia: The aftermath of the great kiddy-porn panic of ’77…


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Date: December 06, 2018

01) The aftermath of the great kiddy-porn panic of ’77

“How would you feel if you could be sentenced to spend twenty years in prison for owning a nude photograph of your lover and another twenty years for actually having sex with her or him? If your partner is a minor, you could easily receive such a sentence under new kiddy-porn laws and old age-of-consent legislation. It is a federal offense to produce, own, or distribute sexually explicit material if the subject is sixteen or younger. Thirty-five states enacted similar legislation in 1977 and 1978. The penalties for “statutory rape” (sex between a legal adult and a minor) are grim. Convicted pedophiles may do more time for having sex with minors than they would for manslaughter. Once incarcerated, they have a difficult time securing probation or parole, and other prisoners harass, beat, and even kill inmates who are known to be “child molesters.”

The kiddy-porn laws were passed during a flurry of public outrage over violent child abuse and the sexual exploitation of children, but they have done nothing to diminish the brutal treatment of young people. Children and teenagers are still being sexually abused, beaten, and sometimes put to death by their adult custodians. Young people are still the property of their parents (or, if the parents are not appropriately conservative, the state). They are the poorest group in our society. A minor who attempts to become self-supporting faces discrimination in jobs, housing, and every other area of her or his life. Minors have no control over their educations, their places of residence, or their religious beliefs. They are routinely denied the full protection of the Bill of Rights and thus are subject to searches, curfews, and other indignities that would be illegal if applied to any other group. The laws that make it illegal for minors to work in the sex industry or have adult lovers also make it unlikely that a young woman or man will be able to escape from an abusive family. So, under the guise of protecting children, the great kiddy-porn panic has intensified their oppression.

These laws are being used against segments of our society which are far more vulnerable than the porn business. For instance, artists often do not have the resources or the experience to successfully defend themselves against vice charges, and they may have suspect politics or unconventional lifestyles, making them ideal targets for censorship and harassment. Photographer Jacqueline Livingston’s 1980 Village Voice interview was illustrated with erotic photographs she had taken of her son, Sam. These illustrations prompted the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children to insist on a meeting with staff members of the Voice to discuss “kiddy porn” in their newspaper. Livingston was accused of child abuse, investigated by the Tompkins County Department of Social Services, and only narrowly missed losing custody of her son.”

Go read this…

I would repost the entire article here…but, I’m uncertain if it’s been published under the Creative Commons license, or not.

I know a lot of stuff that ends up on wikis is published under Creative Commons [kind of like Public Domain, but not exactly]…yet I see no attached designation.

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6 thoughts on “Pat Califia: The aftermath of the great kiddy-porn panic of ’77…

  1. Eric Tazelaar

    Sadly, Pat Califia “changed her mind” on the subject of intergenerational relations in later years and asked that earlier articles she had written in their support be removed.

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  2. feinmann0

    All very good and closely allied to Brongersma’s work and pronouncements at that time. I would guess the article was written nearly forty years ago, and what exactly has happened in the interim? An intensification of the problems Califia raises.

    He says: “nobody is fooled when we proclaim that the gay movement has nothing to do with kids and their sexuality. Lesbians and gay men don’t magically spring into existence at some arbitrary age of consent. Many of us know from the time that we are small children that we are attracted to members of our own sex. Many of us – both women and men – had our first homosexual experiences with partners who were older than ourselves. Parents start looking for signs of homosexuality in their kids at about age two. Sexual repression isn’t one hundred percent effective, but it does keep some young women and men from forming gay identities. To leave that repression unchallenged is to leave a major bastion of gay oppression untouched. It’s absurd to say that sex between a man and a boy or a woman and a girl is not a gay issue. It certainly isn’t a heterosexual issue.”

    So yes, forty years on gay oppression is still very much in evidence, much of it down to politically correct gay activists doing the oppressing by wilfully ignoring at least three elephants in the room: childhood sexuality, childrens rights and intergenerational sexual relationships.

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    1. eqfoundation Post author

      This is a gem of an article, for sure.

      Gay oppression continues, for sure…not the least of which is signaled, by Pats “changed mind”, referenced by Eric…

      Forty years ago, these giants had no idea how much things would change…and how badly they’d be subjected to the ignorant masses, over the coming decades.

      I’ll tell you…even in just the last two decades of being in the online BL/MAP scene…things are quite a lot different today…

      …I wouldn’t say there’s anything I specifically regret writing/recording…but there is no doubt, it’s all subjected to far more vicious people, hellbent on smearing me and my own content.

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