Date: June 09, 2021
“The report published by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) addresses how government policy can be used to protect children from harmful, abusive and violent content online. Its conclusion is based on a European study of 19 EU countries that found in most countries, most children who saw pornographic images were “neither upset nor happy.” In fact, the report UNICEF relies on says that 39 percent of Spanish children were happy after seeing pornography.
The 2020 EU Kids Online Study concluded that some children and young people “intentionally seek out sexual content” for a variety of reasons and that seeing sexual images “might also represent an opportunity” to provide answers to questions about puberty and sexual identity. The study encouraged “seeing the nuances” which lead children to seek out and view sexual content online.
UNICEF says any efforts to block children from accessing pornography online might infringe on their human rights. UNICEF bases this claim on an expansive interpretation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”
This needs to be acknowledged and shared.
I notice how the detractors are reaching for a variety of controversial red herrings, instead of acknowledging and responding to the substance of the actual report.
That is how things work with them…They have a zealous, dogmatic agenda, which centers around themselves holding control over others…and anything which gets in the way of that, must be neutralized…censored…crushed…done away with…however you want to put it.
Yes…there is a lot of controversial pornographic content that gets put online…No, I would not suggest that everything is fit for sexual education.
Here’s the thing…
…I remember as a kid the sorts of pictures that were typical in pornography…Playboy, Hustler, Penthouse, Etc…and it was typically just straight forward sex shots.
Okay…Yes…I never saw gay porn [nor other forms of porn] before coming online…and I know there is a lot of branching into niche interests…Plus, I’ll need to read this study report more thoroughly to know for sure…but they’re likely to be talking about photographs [and video] of very basic, non-violent and culturally common sex acts taking place.
There simply is no established path, where a child or youth seeing two people engaged in a sex act, objectively harms or injures that child or youth…
…And No!…You do not get to cite every negative thing that befalls that child or youth in life thereafter, and blame it on porn watching!
We all have crappy, hard lives, breaking down and devolving towards death…everything becomes harder and harder, after a point…and we all have difficult, scary and unnerving social and personal obstacles we are forced to navigate, and it’s hard…maybe extra hard for some…
…You cannot take typical social phenomena that happens to a vast portion [or even all] of the population, formerly abused or not, exposed to sex or not, etc, etc…and claim that it all boils down to “being abused”…or in some way being exposed to something, which zealot cultural architects do not want you involved with.
I call B.S. when people do this…It is not a sound counter argument for anything.
…It always galls me, how there is literally no acknowledgement by the governments and organizations in power, of the very real children and youth who’ve had positive experiences involving sex…which skews people’s understanding of the issues, and leaves them with a grossly distorted perception of those issues.
To make things worse, we get the “Beware: Here Be Dragons!” treatment, out of these governments and organizations…which really causes public perception [and emotion] to go completely off the rails…
…And the second anyone with a microphone, on a substantial social platform, has the bravery to talk about this whole other world of ignored facts and experiences…they’re descended upon by “the proper people”, to be condemned as social heretics [and in some way morally/rationally deficient]…often threatened and intimidated into silence…if not by the people and organizations with power and influence, then by the hordes of abusive followers they have.
This silence and censorship has always been maintained, by threats, intimidation, abuses and making example of others who’ve broken the silence.
There is literally no public place set aside for mass consumption…where this kind of dialogue can even take place…
…They even habitually come to small projects like my own, right here…and attempt to get them shut down, if they at all can.
There are people in political and social power [with masses of faithful followers]…who hold complete intolerance towards discussing these kinds of issues, and facts of life…the realities of many people’s very existence.
These very real issues are not allowed a substantial public space, where they can be discussed, communicated and understood…negotiated over, even, by the general population.
The second it gains any social attention or traction, somebody is immediately working to snuff it out…usually in underhanded ways.
This state of affairs is dead wrong.
Date: March 10, 2021
Title: Exploring the Use of Online Forums in those who are Sexually Attracted to Children
What is the study purpose? You are invited to participate in an online study aiming to understand the use of online forums by people who are sexually attracted to children. We have no financial interest in conducting this study.
Am I eligible to participate? You are eligible to participate in this study if you are age 18 or older and if you identify as an individual who is sexually attracted to children under the age of 15 years old. As the survey is in English, you should also be confident in your ability to understand the English language.
What does my participation involve? You will be completing an anonymous online survey that will take between 20 to 30 minutes to complete. No personally identifying information will be collected (e.g., IP address). There will be no way for the investigators to link to your specific survey and you will remain anonymous through your participation.
What will I be asked? You will be asked questions about your participation in online forums/support groups aimed at those who are sexually attracted to children. You will not be asked about past or present sexual behaviour.
What are the benefits? Your survey data will contribute to the literature on the role of online forums for people who are sexually attracted to children.
What are the risks? You will be asked to volunteer information regarding aspects of your sexual preferences, experiences within online forums, and about individuals in your personal life who might know about your sexual attraction to children. Some of these questions could make you feel uncomfortable.
Efforts to safeguard and anonymize information have been taken; however, you may want to take additional precautions to protect your anonymity. For example, you might choose to avoid completing the survey in a public space, delete browser history, or use other security measures. The survey has been hosted on Soscisurvey, which allows you to complete the survey if you are using TOR browsers.
You may contact Dr. Michael Seto or the Research Ethics Board at the Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research if you have any concerns. Please remember that by contacting the researchers or the Research Ethics Board, we will be aware of your participation in the study, but we will not be able to connect you to your individual responses.
What will be done with my information? The information you share will be anonymous and will only be used for research purposes. You will be anonymous as no personal identifying information will be gathered. This means that you cannot be connected to your responses to the survey.
Privacy. Your privacy is protected by the server http://www.soscisurvey.de (no storage of IP addresses; use of SSL encryption with a signed certificate; server is secured against unauthorized access according to common standards; access to the server is SSH-encrypted; the questionnaires do not use any cookies). The data you provide is securely held on a server in Germany. There is very little risk associated with storing data in an outside server in Germany; in fact, “in an international comparison, Germany offers a very high level of data protection – both with regard to the obligations of companies as well as with regard to governmental/agency access and interference” (see https://www.soscisurvey.de/en/privacy). Further, the data are subject to legal regulations such as the Federal Data Protection Act, and the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
Please note that you are free to withdraw from the study at any point in time by closing your web browser and incomplete studies will be deleted manually; however, due to anonymization it is not possible to delete data after completing the survey.
The data will be stored on password protected computers belonging to the researchers and will be stored for ten (10) years. The only individuals allowed to access the information will be members of the research team. Once data is collected and analyzed, the results will be shared through presentations, journal articles, or seminars.
How can I withdraw from the study? Your participation in this study is voluntary and you may withdraw at any point in time by exiting your web browser. If you choose to withdraw, your data will be destroyed and not analyzed. Once the study is complete, researchers will not be able to remove your answers because no identifiable information will be included.
How can I get more information? If you have any questions about the study or would like to see the results, you may contact the researchers by email:
Michael Seto, Ph. D., C. Psych,
Director, Forensic Research Unit
The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research
Kailey Roche, MSc.
Department of Psychology
Please note that if you contact the investigators directly, you will be identifying yourself and it will be known that you have completed the survey. Results for this study are anticipated to be completed by September of 2021 and will be available upon request by email. You can also find a summary of results on the online forums where we previously posted recruitment information.
Certification: This study has been reviewed and approved by the Institute of Mental Health Research REB as study #2021-001. If you have any ethical concerns about the study, or the way it is conducted, please contact the REB office: email@example.com”
Date: March 03, 2021
I should credit Volshebnik for sharing this.
“To write a book on pedophilia is to take the risk of being suspected of having a penchant for this type of behavior. There are subjects that stick to you, under the gaze of others, in a way to the skin. So the first question asked of Muriel Darmon during her anorexia investigation was about her probable past with an eating disorder! This suspicion is all the greater as the sociologist or sociologist wishes to maintain a certain neutrality by not condemning those who defend such behavior, but by attempting to reconstitute their argumentative logic. As a preamble to The Forbidden Child, Pierre Verdrager therefore feels compelled to make it clear that he is not a pedophile. He takes a second risk, that of arousing discontent on the part of those who prefer forgetting. Pedophilia strikes the conscience and public opinion so strongly today that it is hard to imagine that a few decades ago it could have been defended by respectable people or groups. Everyone, or almost, has an interest in this occultation: the defenders of the pedophile cause to be forgotten, the contemptors not to mix historical relativism with one of the great prohibitions of contemporary societies.
On the social construction of reality This question of moral relativism, associated with the social construction of reality, in this case of the category “pedophilia” – the first work which, in France, bears the term “pedophile” date from 1980, and the term “pedophilia” from 1988 – constitutes one of the interests of the book. One of the most frequently used arguments in symbolic struggles is based on the schema of constructivism. This is clearly noticeable in debates about gender and in queer thought. The differences of sex are interpreted according to cultures and times in different ways, they are part of gender, socially variable. This is proof, say those who take the queer point of view, that no trait depends on the biological truth of sex. These supporters therefore believe that gender is, to a very large extent, a social construct. It is therefore possible to question these stereotypes, these prejudices, these naturalistic and moralizing illusions. We could establish a list of uses of this argument which lead to a certain relativism. Thus, in La Reproduction by Pierre Bourdieu and Jean-Claude Passeron, the statements on the “arbitrariness” of what constitutes school culture may have had the effect of making people believe that the value of this culture is strictly independent of its content, that it exclusively reflects a certain balance of power between the classes, imposing on the whole of society the recognition of a superiority of the culture of the dominant. In The Forbidden Child, Pierre Verdrager takes pleasure in showing that , contrary to popular belief, the argument of social construction, coupled with relativism, does not itself have any intrinsic force! Indeed, attempting to promote pedophilia, these promoters sought to prove that it was appreciated at certain historical times, in certain cultures, and therefore that his conviction is subject to evaluation. And by a nice turnaround, Pierre Verdrager, carefully reconstructing the arguments, dated, of this valuation of pedophilia in the years 1960-1970, observes that such relativism depends on certain social and cultural conditions. Relativism, based on social construction, is itself relative! In debates, therefore, relativism cannot prevail over the opposing argument of the intrinsic force of the prohibition. In the case of pedophilia, he was beaten. This important observation allows us to outline the social conditions for the reception of relativistic positions…”