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    It's perfectly legal to watch other horrific crimes like murder, torture, assault, and robbery. So why is it illegal to watch this equally bad crime?

    It's very difficult to find people who will talk seriously about this subject, because people have a bad habit of speaking upon their instant reactions - "How horrific, people who like that stuff are disgusting and should be locked up!" - so I am hoping that at least a few people will be able to make some rational arguments (on either side) here: what are your views?

    I myself am of the opinion that it probably should be legal to watch, but I am curious as to the reasonable rationale behind those who think differently (which is most people, I know!), and I'd also like to know the actual reason for the law being like this.
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    (Original post by k_bourne)
    It's perfectly legal to watch other horrific crimes like murder, torture, assault, and robbery. So why is it illegal to watch this equally bad crime?

    It's very difficult to find people who will talk seriously about this subject, because people have a bad habit of speaking upon their instant reactions - "How horrific, people who like that stuff are disgusting and should be locked up!" - so I am hoping that at least a few people will be able to make some rational arguments (on either side) here: what are your views?

    I myself am of the opinion that it probably should be legal to watch, but I am curious as to the reasonable rationale behind those who think differently (which is most people, I know!), and I'd also like to know the actual reason for the law being like this.
    Because, child pornography is watched and performed by pedophiles. So that means you have to be a pedophile to want to watch it, and as its a child who haven't fully physically developed yet so sex is usually painful for them.

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    Because its a child.

    I'm sure the other horrific crimes you listed above are also illegal to watch, if its a child.


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    "The age of consent is 18, persons under the age of consent are considered to be exploited because they are not able to give consent.
    As a society we have laws to protect children, such as the age of consent law,until the are old enough and hopefully mature enough to make their own decisions.

    As a society we agree that sex or sexual attraction to a child (prepubescent) is an aberration.

    Post pubescent children, although appearing to be mature physically, are not emotionally mature and are protected by law until age 18."
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    Well 1 and this is the most important one...children aren't hot...they're just annoying.

    Anyway rationale argument.

    Psychologically children are much more prone to manipulation then when you are older. This is due to a child having it programmed into them that older people are the ones in the right so thus are much more easily swayed by pedophiles and such into performing sexual acts when they don't actually really know or understand fully whats going on and it can leave a psychological damaging effect on them due to repressing the memories into their subconscious which could severely affect their future development.
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    (Original post by johnny09)
    "The age of consent is 18, persons under the age of consent are considered to be exploited because they are not able to give consent.
    As a society we have laws to protect children, such as the age of consent law,until the are old enough and hopefully mature enough to make their own decisions.

    As a society we agree that sex or sexual attraction to a child (prepubescent) is an aberration.

    Post pubescent children, although appearing to be mature physically, are not emotionally mature and are protected by law until age 18."
    :nah:It's 16 over here buddy
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    (Original post by 9MmBulletz)
    :nah:It's 16 over here buddy
    Okay buddy, sorry for the mistake!!
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    :facepalm:Don't even go there
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    I think it's illegal to close the market.

    If watching child porn was legal, this would require people forcing children to have sex. But as it's illegal this prevents the problem.
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    (Original post by k_bourne)
    It's perfectly legal to watch other horrific crimes like murder, torture, assault, and robbery. So why is it illegal to watch this equally bad crime?

    It's very difficult to find people who will talk seriously about this subject, because people have a bad habit of speaking upon their instant reactions - "How horrific, people who like that stuff are disgusting and should be locked up!" - so I am hoping that at least a few people will be able to make some rational arguments (on either side) here: what are your views?

    I myself am of the opinion that it probably should be legal to watch, but I am curious as to the reasonable rationale behind those who think differently (which is most people, I know!), and I'd also like to know the actual reason for the law being like this.
    Because it's the most despicable crime to take advantage of someone young and vulnerable and abuse them. I'm surprised you come up with such a provocative question really. If you were seriously into discussing the topic like you suggest you are, then I think you would have posed a more intelligent question. You say its perfectly legal to watch murder and torture - really? Are you talking real or as part of some television drama? You are vague about what you mean to say.

    Firstly, if its actual murder and torture you mean, then I am not sure it's legal. Secondly if it is, do two wrongs make a right? Of course not. The world is full of the evil that humans do so why argue for child porn to be legal just because you think other evil acts are legal? What you say makes little sense at all to me.
    http://www.popcenter.org/problems/child_pornography/2
    Also if it were legal it would only serve to increase the related abhorrent problems of human trafficking and child sex slaves/ prostitution.
    http://www.marieclaire.com/world-rep...aped-sex-slave
    http://www.love146.org/europe
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    It is a horrible thing to do as the child is not able to make that decision themselves.
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    Because the children involved are below the age of consent...
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    Isn't it self-explanatory?

    Firstly, going back to the this commonly used argument: children are often more impressionable than adults, and the fact that most children still haven't had a full capacity of being independent makes child porn illegal.

    Secondly, if people were allowed to watch child pornography, then why make it illegal? The very notion as to why it's illegal are the sexual acts between a minor and an adult whose effect is to stimulate sensual pleasure. This encompasses the 5 'major' senses.
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    (Original post by k_bourne)
    It's perfectly legal to watch other horrific crimes like murder, torture, assault, and robbery. So why is it illegal to watch this equally bad crime?

    It's very difficult to find people who will talk seriously about this subject, because people have a bad habit of speaking upon their instant reactions - "How horrific, people who like that stuff are disgusting and should be locked up!" - so I am hoping that at least a few people will be able to make some rational arguments (on either side) here: what are your views?

    I myself am of the opinion that it probably should be legal to watch, but I am curious as to the reasonable rationale behind those who think differently (which is most people, I know!), and I'd also like to know the actual reason for the law being like this.
    I'm glad that you agree in the view that child abuse is bad but have to disagree that it should be legal.

    If you make it legal where are you going to get the material from? It's wrong to use material already in existence because a child was abused to make it. They had no say in it and were taken advantage of. You would have to legalise child abuse surely? Which is absurd.
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    (Original post by k_bourne)
    It's perfectly legal to watch other horrific crimes like murder, torture, assault, and robbery. So why is it illegal to watch this equally bad crime?

    It's very difficult to find people who will talk seriously about this subject, because people have a bad habit of speaking upon their instant reactions - "How horrific, people who like that stuff are disgusting and should be locked up!" - so I am hoping that at least a few people will be able to make some rational arguments (on either side) here: what are your views?

    I myself am of the opinion that it probably should be legal to watch, but I am curious as to the reasonable rationale behind those who think differently (which is most people, I know!), and I'd also like to know the actual reason for the law being like this.
    Very few people are actually answering your question here (as was foretold). The reason it's illegal to watch child porn is a policy reason: if there is no market for it, then it will cease to be profitable. The act of watching child porn itself harms no-one, but it perpetuates a practice which does: producing it.

    Other reasons at play include public intolerance of paedophilia - it isn't a practice which society is prepared to condone. I'm afraid* this is based on the same sorts of visceral (rather than cerebral) reactions to the issue which you have asked people to put aside, but the fact is that the public's gut holds sway over a good deal of policymaking, and lawmaking by implication.

    *To be clear, I'm not criticising the intolerance of paedophilia here, but the wider influence of pubic opinion on lawmaking irrespective of how people might arrive at their opinions.
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    (Original post by k_bourne)
    It's perfectly legal to watch other horrific crimes like murder, torture, assault, and robbery. So why is it illegal to watch this equally bad crime?

    It's very difficult to find people who will talk seriously about this subject, because people have a bad habit of speaking upon their instant reactions - "How horrific, people who like that stuff are disgusting and should be locked up!" - so I am hoping that at least a few people will be able to make some rational arguments (on either side) here: what are your views?

    I myself am of the opinion that it probably should be legal to watch, but I am curious as to the reasonable rationale behind those who think differently (which is most people, I know!), and I'd also like to know the actual reason for the law being like this.
    Because people don't profit off murder, torture, assault and robbery videos. Child porn would be a profitable business if watching it was legal and this would encourage further child porn to be made.
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    I think people here are missing the point of OP. The OP is not disputing the fact that making child pornography is illegal - just the act of watching it. As an example, nobody disputed our right to watch the hanging of Saddam Hussein. :dontknow:

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    (Original post by CJKay)
    I think people here are missing the point of OP. The OP is not disputing the fact that making child pornography is illegal - just the act of watching it. As an example, nobody disputed our right to watch the hanging of Saddam Hussein. :dontknow:

    I know that some people get a hardon from watching people die, but child porn's made specifically for pleasure's means, hence any form of sexual/sensual stimulation deriving from it makes it illegal.
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    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=1304779
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    How would you feel if that was your child in the film? Child pornography is illegal because they haven't reached the age of sexual maturity either physically nor mentally, and such lewd acts inflicted on them can cause serious mental and physical health issues. It's illegal as to prevent child abuse. I have to admit though this becomes a grey area in sexually matured girls who are below the age of consent but look otherwise, jail bait in common terms.

    Edit add on: It's okay to watch violence, because we know that in those Hollywood films nobody really dies, at the end of the day the stuntmen and actors pack up and leave to live a normal life. But in child pornography the abuse is real, and even by watching such scenes you are indirectly condoning and facilitating real life child abuse which can ruin people's lives. I can understand the what the OP is trying to argue, but it doesn't hold credit.
 
 
 
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