I am one writer with a strong opinion about pedophilia. I am against it. I don't need statistics to tell me that it demolishes a person's ability to trust in the same way lava leaves an ever so slight mark on a mountain during a volcanic eruption. Today, as Amazon invokes the idea that selling pedophilia and an instruction manual on how to do it, I find myself not half as disgusted with them for promoting the rape of innocent children as I am the offensive reasoning behind their choice.
Free speech is protected in the Bill of Rights, a part of the US Constitution, which is upheld by government (legal) institutions. And I believe Amazon needs to explain when believes it became tasked with the role of government.
Each and every bookstore is a business, which has its freedom of speech protected by the law. That means they may sell anything which does not violate the first amendment. Hate speech is not protected and is in violation of the law and a book teaching people how to have sexual relationships with minors and evade the prosecution for their crime, is repulsive, but not hate speech. It is classified as being as benign as "How-to-Make-a-Fortune-Selling-Socks."
Yet Amazon sells the pedophilia instruction manual.
But Amazon is not tasked with upholding the amendment. They do not have to provide every book to the public, even the Library of Congress does not see that as its objective, though they are governed by the principle of free speech, too. In fact, Amazon can exercise their free speech by not providing certain books. For example, do they have to teach people how to sell socks? That is how a business such as a bookstore expresses its freedom of speech: through their selection.
Children do not know they shouldn't trust pedophiles who are most often family members or people close to them... and trusted. They only know that sexual activity may feel good at the time or that they don't want to upset authority figures, loved ones, or they are unable to defend themselves against coercion. The effects of this violation of trust may last an entire lifetime.
Amazon has no more rational for providing an instruction manual on getting away with these criminal acts, than Borders does for placing that same book in the childrens section or next to the self help books for those dealing with the aftermath of incest, rape, and the deepest betrayals a person can endure...
While I understand that talking about an issue may draw attention to the presence of the book on Amazon, I write this in clear conscious. I learned only recently in my personal life that I had to speak against the exploitation of children who are too young to understand sexual activity and consequences involved. While many may choose to ignore it and attempt to silence others in the false hope that "it" may go away, I've not found that does not happen. To say "do not sell this book" is to say "do not supply weapons to pedophiles." That is how I am going to exercise my freedom of speech...by drawing attention to the fact that Amazon has made this available and remind it that as a business and a bookstore, it has no business acting as a body of government. Can Amazon arrest bad writers? Perhaps a few more pedophiles will download the book because I tweeted and I wrote this article, but everyone affected by child molestation will know that this writer supports their recovery and acknowledges what happened to them as a crime.
You deserved better and Amazon is wrong for perpetuating this crime.Always the pedophile is the criminal and not the person who speaks up. And I support each and every individual who wants Amazon to remember that it is a bookstore, a corporate entity, and not the US Government itself.
At least with my government, I have a vote.
Amazon has chosen to supply every book, even very detailed explanations of how to wreak havoc throughout an individual's life by deception and betrayal when they are most vulnerable. And they do so with the excuse that they are adhering to the ideal expressed in the US Constitution by the first amendment. Freedom of speech is meant to protect society and our rights on an ideological level, but as a business, they are only promoting pedophilia...that is how they are choosing to exercise their free speech.
I do not buy their argument that a person or business is morally obligated to say everything just because the US government protects their right to do so. That is ludicrous and it's the worst argument to support pedophiles that I have ever heard.
For more information, visit Tech Crunch. Peevish Penman will not be providing links on the subject, but only wishes that each and every individual affected by the trauma of a childhood sexual violation, either personally or through a connection with another, the best recovery and firmest support. We also support free speech on an ideological level, but the book in question is not a book, it's a weapon.