Neil Gaiman defends freedom of speech and lolicon

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http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2008/12/why-defend-freedom-of-icky-speech.html

In this case you obviously have read lolicon, and I haven't. I don't know whether you're writing from personal experience here, and whether you have personally been incited to rape children or give inappropriate hugs by reading it. (I assume you haven't. I assume that Chris Handley, with his huge manga collection, wasn't either. I've read books that claimed that exposure to porn causes rape, but have seen no statistical evidence that porn causes rape -- and indeed have seen claims that the declining number of US rapes may be due to the wider availability of porn. Honestly, I think it's a red herring in First Amendment matters, and I'll leave it for other people to argue about.) Still, you seem to want lolicon banned, and people prosecuted for owning it, and I don't. You ask, What makes it worth defending? and the only answer I can give is this: Freedom to write, freedom to read, freedom to own material that you believe is worth defending means you're going to have to stand up for stuff you don't believe is worth defending, even stuff you find actively distasteful, because laws are big blunt instruments that do not differentiate between what you like and what you don't, because prosecutors are humans and bear grudges and fight for re-election, because one person's obscenity is another person's art.

Because if you don't stand up for the stuff you don't like, when they come for the stuff you do like, you've already lost.
 
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If there doing it in the privacy of there own home, what harm could it do?
 
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If only he didn't write such crappy stuff.
 
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Was this really worth making a thread about? You're really beginning to stretch for these threads of yours HaiTien.


Bolt said:
If only he didn't write such crappy stuff.

Eh ... Gaiman's work is kind of a mixed bag. He's done some good stuff, such as his run on the MiracleMan comics and the original 1602 from Marvel. He gets way more credit than he deserves though. A lot of fanboys seem ready to praise everything little thing he does. I felt his novels American Gods and Good Omens were pretty average/mediocre, but I constantly see people on forums going crazy over them like they are some sort of masterpieces.
 
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I am trying to read American Gods. I like/hate that I still have no idea what is going on because Shadow doesn't know/care what is happening. I like that the story itself is interesting. But WOW is it a dry read. It's hard for me to read it for too long. I may get the bf to tell me what happens and then move on to the next book on my list. We will see though. I would rather read it myself. Or atleast try.
 
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