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    Canada - Henry Sheppard for child pornography, North Vancouver, 2011

    Once again, I'm reminded as to why I cannot accept most anime and manga. I realize that this form of graphic art has millions of readers but I've been appalled again and again at the sexism and blatant child and teen pornography depicted in so many seemingly "harmless" graphic novels. Totally my own opinion, but I don't like the message it sends. I realize that we have many aficionados on board but I think it's really a gateway for some less than stable young people. I watched as one of my sons moved from edgy manga to an addiction to adult porn.

    Sad that the sentencing was so lenient for Canada, that even the judge mentioned it.


    http://www.nsnews.com/news/Sailor+ja...tml?id=5655930

    Sailor jailed for child pornography

    "A U.S. sailor caught with hundreds of images of child pornography while his ship was docked in North Vancouver has been sent to jail for 18 months. Henry Carlton Sheppard, 25, of Seattle, was arrested Sept. 6 after Canadian Border Services officers boarded the vessel Global Sentinel and found the child pornography on a laptop in Sheppard's cabin. Officers examined an external hard drive and found 500 still photos and 50 videos, all containing explicit images of girls between five and 10 having sex with adult men....." [NOTE: Not having sex--being raped!!]

    and

    "...He said he first became interested in depictions of child pornography though Asian comic books. Those depictions got him interested in 'looking for the real stuff,' he told psychologists..."

    and

    "...Sheppard was sentenced Oct. 27 in North Vancouver provincial court after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography. In handing down her sentence, Judge Carol Baird Ellan said she was concerned that Sheppard's interest in child porn was apparently a "long-standing habit" and about his lack in insight into the harm associated with it.


    More at link

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    Over and over, US courts have found that certain forms of Japanese graphic novels are indeed pornographic. Here's an interesting and in depth article on wiki:

    Lolicon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    "Lolicon, also romanised as lolikon or rorikon, is a Japanese portmanteau of the phrase "Lolita complex". In Japan, the term describes an attraction to underage girls (whether prepubescent, pubescent, or post-pubescent) or an individual with such an attraction. It is also commonly used when referring to lolicon manga or lolicon anime, a genre of manga and anime wherein childlike female characters are often depicted in an erotic manner..."
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    I am so SICK AND TIRED of people putting blanket statements on everything.

    For every lolicon/hentai manga, there are 100 good mangas.

    Mangas that have even been used in American classrooms (at least college and I think I've heard of some high school ones as well).

    To the OP, read Naruto or Fullmetal Alchemist. Both provide fun and are thought-provoking, and completely chaste.

    Well, there's violence, but nothing too explicit.

    I am actually working on a manga right now (about a shapeshifting girl who mails herself (she's cheap, lol!) to her best friend, after finding out said best friend has started a magic act.) Only problem is I can't draw!

    But yes, as an anime and manga fan I stress that not all mangas are bad.

    Please, accept it as an art form. Don't let the bad apples ruin the bunch for you.

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    I certainly accept it as an art form. However, I've had some very bad experiences with it, sadly. Our schools in Ashland, Oregon started carrying manga and anime novels in their libraries ten years ago. I was told that the kids wanted it. I was quite appalled when I spent some time looking through some of the novels. I consider myself a very liberal person but am quite conservative about children's literature--especially that which is geared for the 10-13 year old readers. I started out flagging pages and passages that worried me and ended up just taking the novels in to show the Director of Special Ed. Each novel seemed to follow a formula which included young teen girls bursting out of their skimpy school uniforms, horrid bullying, violence, humiliation and romanticization of cutting. I abhor most censorship but what I saw was pornographic and NOT for middle schoolers. I've posted on this subject before and feel that so much depends on the stability and life experiences of the reader. I have no idea when this man became interested in anime/manga but it surely took a wrong turn along the way.

    An art form, yes. Concerning to me, indeed.



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