Amazon

By now, you have probably heard all about the Amazon debacle that’s been buzzing around Twitter, Facebook, and the world in general. If you have not, here it is in a nutshell.

Amazon sells an e-book titled: “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-Lover’s Code of Conduct”. Once the Twitter world – specifically the mom community – got wind of this, it pretty much made the internet explode with fury and controversy. The general consensus is, “why in the hell would they allow a book like this to be sold?” Thousands of people begin contacting Amazon demanding they remove the book. Petitions are created. People are really pissed off. And then comes Amazon’s response:
Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable. Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts, however, we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions“.

And here is where I vehemently disagree.

I am against censorship. I am for free speech. Years and years ago, people would burn books.. Wonderful pieces of literature, just because they were controversial. Books were banned from libraries. Fahrenheit 451. 1984. Hell, more recently, Harry Potter! Banned and condemned to burn in a fiery pit of judgment all in the name of protecting our children from such filth. One could argue (and I’ve come across people that have argued) that this is no different. “Where do we draw the line when it comes to censorship,” people ask.
I will tell you where I, personally draw the line.
I draw the line at pedophaelia and anything that encourages it in any way, shape, or form. Anything that endorses it. Anything that makes it easier for a perpetrator to continue hurting children.

Someone brought up to me, “Well have you read the book? Do you know what’s in it? How do you know it’s not more of a guide for, say, people around the age of 15 who are involved with someone just a few years older than they are but who are of legal age?”
I don’t know that. I can’t read the book, because I am afraid of what I’m going to find. But someone did buy and read the book to counter this particular argument, and you can read his findings right here.

The author of the book has spoken out, and one of the things he’s been quoted as saying is:
“I wrote the book to establish guidelines so that people would behave in a manner that is non-injurious to each other, for one, and, for two, to communicate the fact that these people who are so different in maturation, etc., that when they develop relationships, they use certain principles that regular people, adults, would be well to attend.”
This is quoted directly from ABC News: ‘When asked why he wrote a “code of conduct” that appears to endorse an illegal, abusive act, he said, “I’m not saying I want them around children; I’m saying if they’re there that’s how I want them to behavior.”‘

Nevermind the fact that this man’s grammar is laughable, let’s focus on his statements. Please note that he never states that the book isn’t a pedophile’s guide to getting freaky with small children. In fact, that last statement just makes me sick. “If they’re there, this is how I want them to act”. Seriously? Really? Honestly? I mean, come on, dude. Who in the hell do you think you’re fooling? Not this mom. Look at the men on Nightline’s To Catch a Criminal. They all say the same thing: “I never did anything, and you can’t prove that I was going to.” But we all know that they were going to, don’t we?
He says that he wrote the books in the hopes that “people would behave in a manner that is non-injurious to each other”. When you are talking about an adult engaging in a sexual relationship with a child, there is no way to be non-injurious. I don’t care if that child is 15 years old and thinks that they know what they want, and what they’re doing. It’s abuse, and it is wrong, wrong, wrong. Because I have a newsflash for you: 15 year olds don’t know SHIT. They are still CHILDREN.

Amazon is a privately owned company, and they have a choice. They can either take the book off of their site or they can leave it. No one is forcing them to keep this book available to buy on their website, they are making the conscious decision to keep it up. Why? Because “if we censor one, we have to censor them all”? No. I’m sorry, but no. You have to draw the line somewhere. I for one have lost respect for Amazon as a company. As a mother, I cannot get behind nor give my money to a company that will allow such filth to be sold on their site. Not when they have a choice. I’ve made my decision to no longer buy from Amazon. A blogger whom I respect greatly voiced an opinion that boycotting Amazon for one item would hurt other sellers who were following the rules, and not selling inappropriate things. I agree with her to a point but I’m still sticking with my decision. I just cannot, and will not, give a company that makes such poor decisions my money.

So what about you? Where do you stand? All opinions are welcome in the comments, but please be respectful and kind to me and to one another.

The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover’s Code of Conduct

Comments

  1. I totally agree with you Except about the 15 year old. I think they know what they're doing. Do I think it's okay? no. But they know. If it is consentual (sp?) at 15+ I think it should not be automatically illegal, if that makes sense. But that's not the point. The point is this book is just giving freak shows that last little push to harm my baby. No way. I will murder someone. I'm not kidding. TOUCH my baby in your "safe pedofile" way and you will die. Painfully. With no penis.
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  2. I totally disagree with the subject matter of the book. Totally, completely, 100%. However, defending Mein Kampf and condemning this makes no sense. Whatsoever. The battle against Amazon also seems a little pointless … there are plenty of people that use Amazon as a medium to sell. Would you punish an entire mall because one store sold the book? No. But essentially, that is what's happening here.

    I don't understand the author's point. I find it morally reprehensible and absolutely unacceptable. But like everyone else, while I may not agree with what he says, I'll always defend his right to say it.
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    • You're absolutely right about the Mein Kampf thing. I wasn't really thinking when I was rattling off names of books.

      I think the mall analogy is a little off, because bookstores inside a shopping mall are usually privately owned, like Amazon, and ultimately they have the final say in what they sell.. Not the mall itself. In this scenerio, Amazon is the bookstore, not the mall. They do have the choice to take the book down, and they haven't.

  3. I can see your point but I'd be more inclined to boycott the publisher over Amazon…someone had to allow it into the world and I'm pretty sure it wasn't Amazon.

    • But Amazon is selling it. And it's not like they're being naive and not realizing that the product is on their website, they have acknowledged it and made a conscious choice to keep it there. That is why I can't give them my money.

      • (Please understand that I'm not trying to be argumentative for the sake of it… and I totally support your opinion on this! However….)

        Amazon sells everything, honestly. I'm not saying you don't have the right to not shop where you don't want to shop or that you're wrong for wanting to boycott it but I don't think that's what will make the difference. Aside from the fact that "Big Box Companies", at least on the scale of Amazon size, won't feel a boycott by a few outraged folks, I think they just can't be that exclusive because of their size and the sheer number of people they work with/through/for.

        I agree with Cheryl's comment under this one. I don't agree with censorship at all. I believe in "free speech" including your right to talk about how disgusting it is (because it is disgusting) but I honestly don't put the blame on the platform offering to sell/ship it to you.

        And maybe that's the key for me… Amazon is a major seller/shipper/industry, if you will. You boycott Amazon and you're effectively boycotting everyone else (who have nothing to do with the offensive publication) who instead use that service/website/company to help their own businesses/lives/etc thrive … individual sellers, small companies, even larger companies will be affected by a boycott of Amazon.

        Me, for example, because Amazon is one of the largest accounts that ship with FedEx.

        I don't fault myself for that book being published… so why would I want to punish my company by boycotting one of our largest accounts (and then in turn, threatening the stability of my job) in that way?

        I say go for the publisher… or the actual author. Be Outraged!!! I am… I'm just not outraged at Amazon.

  4. if it is the author's right to publish that piece of filth, then it is also my right to (loudly, repeatedly, obnoxiously) tell anyone who will listen how disgusting i think amazon is for selling that, and that i will take my business elsewhere. free speech, right?

  5. I don't agree with censorship. Let me be clear: i find pedophilia abhorrent and as a parent the thought of someone touching my child makes me go to dark places I'd rather not think about at the moment.

    That being said, every time you want to ban a book, you are opening a door to a very slippery slope (can I get more cliches in one small fragment?). What about the book with the step-by-step directions to make a bomb? What about books that endorse racism, homophobia, antisemitism, war, and how-to books on shooting guns?

    It is your right not to by the book and to speak out against it. Just as it is the author's right to publish it – and Amazon's to sell it.

    And just think – all this publicity has gotten this obscure book more attention than it ever would have.

  6. There are pieces of Mommypants' comment that is true. If you ban this book, you are opening a door to a whole lot of subjectiveness. But I happen to feel that books about racism, hatrid, how to shoot a gun, build a bomb, etc.. should also be banned. I believe that when we created laws in this nation of freedom of speech people still had morals. Never in their wildest dreams did they think these types of horrendous topics would ever surface. Just like we never thought Janet Jackson would have a wardrobe malfunction on live tv. But she did. And we changed the rules. I'm just sayin'

  7. This is really interesting! I had not heard about this at all until I read your status this morning. I have to say that it is sort of scary to think about banning books… for any reason, especially based on a specific moral code. Simply because it opens the door for all sorts of crazies to get their way in the realm of censorship. It just seems dangerous to me.

    However, boycotting companies that endorse things you are vehemently opposed to, speaking out against things that are wrong, protecting our children and providing other families with the information they need to protect their children…making it absolutely impossible for these sick, twisted fucks to make any money with their propaganda- yeah, that seems like something I could go for.
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  8. People are right that banning a book can open a Pandora's Box of censorship issues. But this is pedophilia. It's something that is so completely damaging to helpless children who are completely innocent. When it comes to children, my liberal politics and anti-censorship stance are blown out the window. Amazon should have stopped selling the book immediately and the author should be drawn and quartered.
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    • Your "my liberal politics and anti censorship stance are blown out the window" rang so true with me. This is exactly how I feel. When it comes to pedophiles, I have no forgiveness in my heart, no sympathy. No room for "maybes" or "what ifs". You abuse a child? YOu are the lowest of low, and deserve nothing good in your life.

  9. That is truly unsettling. I am shocked that this was allowed to be published. While I fault Amazon a little for their poor decision making, I will still shop there because there are other people that did not have anything to do with this disgusting book that will be affected. I do, however, question the mental stability of the writer and the moral ethics of the publisher. The fact that they would put a book out there that could potentially harm children is apprehensible.
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  10. Amazon does sell everything. All the more reason to start shopping local and handmade! (Not trying to hijack the topic, of course.) There are a lot of terrible things private (and public) companies do AND they get away with them. All. The. Darn. Time. Amazon published that disgusting book—there is no other publisher to boycott. The author could have self-published, which would have made this whole debacle a bit easier for everyone to swallow (because it wouldn't have been such a big deal). To me, this is just another reason to help out the small businesses, the locals, the people I can have a relationship with and decide for myself whether or not they're engaging in shady, questionable, or downright wrong business practices.

    In our culture, we're too busy defending our "rights" to want to always make a moral decision. This is one of those times—the protection of many innocents far, far outweighed the protection of one (sick) individual.

    As for the whole boycotting Amazon thing … I think it's pretty obvious the power of social media and the Internet at this moment in our lives. Voices can, and do, get heard.
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