An editorial dated June 1st in Pigtails in Paint (now here) tells how FSM, a German Internet watchdog organization, pressurized their Internet provider in order to demand the removal of two posts entitled Stolen Dreams and the Japanese School and Dream Girls, claiming that they depict “child sexual abuse material” and are “potentially criminal” under German Criminal Code. The site had to comply in order to keep their provider.
I have seen these two posts before their removal, and there is nothing “sexual” nor any “abuse” in them. Indeed, there are no sexual acts, nor any gestures hinting at such acts, nor any obscene poses; nowhere is there any highlighting of buttocks or genitalia. You see just nude photographs of young girls made by artists. These girls are beautiful and healthy, they look happy. No decent-minded judge living in a civilized country could call that “pornography”.
Private watchdog organizations play a role of moral vigilantism, denouncing artists, harassing and threatening those who display their works (Internet sites, art galleries, etc.), in order to impose their own restrictive interpretation of law, based on moral fears. All this under the fraudulent pretext of “child protection”, as in fact their zealotry protects no one from any real harm or danger.
Couvrez ce sein que je ne saurais voir.
Par de pareils objets, les âmes sont blessées,
Et cela fait venir de coupables pensées.
Molière, Le Tartuffe ou l’Imposteur, acte III, scène II, vers 860–862
How do they see “sex” and “abuse” in innocent nudity? One can suppose that they have some sexual feelings while viewing such images, and that they become afraid of them. Bigots are frightened by their own desires, and repress everyone in order to cleanse themselves from sin. Recently, during a debate on freedom of speech, a Turkish academic explained that the danger to freedom comes when people become afraid of themselves; because then they will call into power “strong men” like Putin, Erdogan or Orban, in order to “protect them” … from themselves.
Continuing their momentum, the zealots of Internet purity could demand the eradication of any classic artwork showing juvenile genitals or buttocks. A prime candidate for this withchhunt is Caravaggio, whose Amor Vincit Omnia represents a perfect prototype of “child pornography”. It seems indeed that he already suffered such censorship in Australia. Then why not ban the Original Coppertone ad, this compound of bestiality and child sexual assault!
I will now present shocking images showing revolting things happening to children. But they are not sexual, so neither the images nor the things depicted will incur the censorious indignation of FSM.
First a child infected by the malaria parasite, whose spleen has been hugely inflated because of it. After WW2, it was found that the cheap and long-lasting insecticide DDT was very efficient against the mosquito that carries that parasite. So by spraying indor house walls with DDT, this disease was eradicated in North America, Europe and the USSR, and contained in other continents. But as farmers in Europe and North America had polluted environment by repeatedly spraying massive quantities of DDT in their fields, in the early 1970’s the USA moved to impose a total ban on DDT, not only for agricultural use, but also for indoor house spraying. At the same time, poor countries could not afford the best anti-malaria medication, artemisin. As a result, the epidemic rose in Africa and Asia, killing up to a million people every year.
Next, a ghostlike child suffering from a famine in Africa. Hunger and malnutrition remain the cause of the majority of childhood mortality across the world, with millions of victims. Moreover malnutrition in the first two years of life leads to permanent physical and mental impairment. While some countries are afflicted by famine, others undergo a crisis of food overproduction—from the point of view of the market, not of human needs. About this photograph, CBS News says:
Mihag Gedi Farah, a seven-month-old child with a weight of 3.4kg, is held by his mother in a field hospital of the International Rescue Committee, IRC, in the town of Dadaab, Kenya, Tuesday, July 26, 2011. The U.N. will airlift emergency rations this week to parts of drought-ravaged Somalia that militants banned it from more than two years ago, in a crisis intervention to keep hungry refugees from dying along what an official calls the “roads of death.” Tens of thousands already have trekked to neighboring Kenya and Ethiopia, hoping to get aid in refugee camps. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
Now children killed by airstrikes of the US-led coalition in Afghanistan. About this photograph, Scientific American writes:
The lifeless bodies of Afghan children lay on the ground before their funeral ceremony, after a NATO airstrike killed several Afghan civilians, including ten children during a fierce gun battle with Taliban militants in Shultan, Shigal district, Kunar, eastern Afghanistan, Sunday, April 7, 2013. The U.S.-led coalition confirms that airstrikes were called in by international forces during the Afghan-led operation in a remote area of Kunar province near the Pakistan border. (AP Photo/Naimatullah Karyab)
For the sake of East-West balance, I also show a Syrian child wounded by shrapnel from a Russian bomb. Our great beacons of civilization, decency and protection of children (from sex and nudity) spend much more money for their armies than for the fight against hunger, malaria and AIDS in Asia and Africa.
I have absolutely no complacency towards Islamists, so I also show one of their child victims:
When poor people from Africa and Asia finally decide to flee hunger, poverty or war, they find the borders of fortress Europe closed, with walls and barbed wires to keep them out. Attempting to come through the Mediterranean, thousands meet their death there:
Child abuse? Don’t forget to send your protest against censorship of art to email@example.com (with a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org), referring in it to “unique report number 54892”.