The UN urging Japan to ban Manga that portrays child abuse images. Trying to look heroic chasing after pointless red herrings and soft targets. I had a look at how they define what is a child or child like image. Anything with huge eyes and abnormally large heads in comparison to body size accompanied with any kind of sexual context. Well, that's all of Manga, then. Literally all Manga. Gone. You know, when they caught child serial killers like Peter Woodcock or Clifford Olson, do you think anyone gave a rat's ass what they scribbled in their sketchbooks? We arrested them because they raped, tortured, and murdered children, not because they made drawings.
I remember there was this argument being made by conservative puritans that goes all the way back to the 50's up to the early 90's that pornographic fantasy cartoons being a slippery slope that leads to actual sexual violence. The Moral Majority was using this as an excuse to file lawsuits against Hustler cartoons and to attack underground publications like The Furry Freak Brothers. They went after anything that promoted sex of any kind, drug use, sadomasochism, homosexuality, lesbianism, witchcraft and whatever the hell else shoved a hairy bug up their ass. In a study done on Satanic Cultism by the FBI released in 1992 actually interjected;
" hundreds of victims alleging that thousands of offenders are abusing and even murdering tens of thousands of people as part of organized satanic cults, and there is little or no corroborative evidence. The very reason many "experts" cite for believing these allegations (i.e. many victims, who never met each other, reporting the same events), is the primary reason I began to question at least some aspects of these allegations."
People like Jerry Falwell, The Bakers, and Gene Pope publisher of the Enquirer cashed in on satanic hysteria trying to link cartoons and heavy metal music to causing people to pursue forms of sexual abuse and murder in reality. If anything the study proved the opposite that when known child rapists were becoming obsessed with drawings and music, while engaging in their fantasies they actually raped less in reality.
This claim that any kind of controversial media influence can actually 'brain-wash' subjectable people to committing real acts of violence goes all the way back to the McCarthy era when the United States Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency decided to go after comic books. Dr. Frederick Wertham made all kinds erroneous claims comic books were turning children into Nazi Stormtroopers and murderers. His 'research', which has been thoroughly debunked for decades, was used as justification to drag several publishers before senate hearings to explain and defend themselves. This led to the creation of the Comics Code so the industry would self-censor to keep the government out of comic book censorship. (All of this BTW is very well documented in the movie Comic Book Confidential.)
Going after comic books is just a load of lazy bullshit in order to avoid going after the real problem. Where children are being RAPED IN DROVES because they considered second class citizens or expendable. If they do that the UN would have to confront a great deal of ugliness going on in UN host nations, like the people they just appointed to run Human Rights Council, Saudi Arabia. If the UN is so concerned about children being abused tell them to look to how children are being treated by nations that make up UN committees and clean up the shit in their own backyard first.