So I just hear now that Australian censors have been banning adult films in which actresses (I don’t know why it’s gotta be women, but so far I’ve only heard of women) look underage. This is quite outrageous if I may say so. If it’s happening in Australia I imagine it’s happening, or is about to happen, pretty much everywhere else.
What is the “underage look”? Doesn’t it depend on the beholder? Doesn’t it also depend in the culture, and yes, on the biological differences between different ethnic groups? If this means that 30% of 30-year old Australian would-be porn stars of Asian descent are banned from participating in the industry, whereas only 5% of the 30-year old Caucasian ones are, can they prepare a class action suit against the state for discrimination? [I made up the statistics, but you get me]
So let’s get this straight: if a 30-year old actress appears in an adult film where she explicitly portrays a 30-year old woman, after showing legal documents proving that she is indeed 30 years old, and yet she looks under 18 to the censors, this should be somehow illegal???
The matter bears directly on anime. We are being led to the view that depictions of underage fictional characters committing acts illegal in real life are themselves illegal. Now, a lot of lolis in anime these days are technically magical creatures hundreds, if not a thousand, years old. I imagine the censors will argue that they still look underage and thus liable to be banned from performing certain acts. Let us not be misled by these crafty manga writers that would have us believe these little kids are ancient so as to circumvent common decency, right? But hold on, fictional characters don’t have any age. They’re fictional. They don’t exist. Oh, but it doesn’t matter because this filth still encourages people to go out and do things to real underage people. That’s the theory, anyway.
Back to real life. True story: I have a friend (and no, it’s not me) whose girlfriend was in her early twenties. She was small and youthful. They visited a theme park in another country where people look “older”. The couple learned that kids under 12 years old could go inside for free. The man paid for his own ticket and waited to see if his girlfriend would be charged. She wasn’t. They had a nice day at the park.
Soon, relationships like this one will be banned. It will be argued that even if the woman is 22 years old, the simple sight of her youthful self walking hand in hand with a man clearly in his twenties will provoke unholy lusts in other men’s hearts and lead to crime. And if something can lead to a crime then it is a crime.
If tomorrow we could build a race of sexbots modeled after 10-year old children, and people purchasing them would have to implant a microchip inside of them that would self-destruct if they ever even approached a real 10-year old child, would governments around the world allow these machines on the market? A few years ago I would have answered “Of course, why not?’ with confidence. Today? I’m not so sure.
Next will be lollipops. At least, I definitely think they should ban them. Whenever I see a woman licking a lollipop, no matter how hold she may be, I immediately think of her as a girl. She could be 94 years old and my mind’s eye will slap, if only for a moment, imaginary pigtails on her gray head (with ribbons if I’m feeling zesty that day). And lollipops are phallic
k, and they even have lol li in the name. Please ban this half-imaginary sight from my potentially criminal soul.