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courtesy of chris (FUCKING CUNT) spivey (iq 127…?!)
well, it’s been a peculiar child porn art week on the baby art blog – but some pleasing news to round it off – graham ovenden “freed” – which is only just, seeing as the convictions were “complete and utter bollocks” – an appeal is still underway to clear his name (tho the damage beyond repair now) – the truth behind the media lies can be found here
artist paul yore (25) could be charged with producing and possessing child pornography after police, acting on a complaint, seized a number of works from a melbourne gallery on saturday – they were part of an installation made from collected “junk” entitled “everything is fucked” (!) – the exhibition came with warnings re viewer discretion and unsuitability for children due to potentially offensive images – most notably a cut out of a child’s body with justin bieber’s head superimposed and urinating from a dildo – the victoria child pornography law defined to include photographs of children who are, or look like they are, under the age of 16 engaging in sexual activity or depicted in an indecent sexual manner or context – so, if charges are made, paul yore could face ten years jail…
(i’d never heard of justin bieber before!)
a bill is currently being proposed making amendments to child pornography laws in japan – possession will become a crime (currently only sale, distribution and creation is) – the bill has yet to be made public but said to be widening the definition of child pornography to include manga and anime and any depiction that might be construed as a child portrayed in a way that might be construed sexual – also encompassing literature, texts and emails – the japan book publishers association, opposing the bill, said in a statement: “while this bill says it is protecting children, the truth is it is also restricting freedom of expression” – we’ll know within a month if the bill is passed
cleaning out my hotmail and found these old paypal ban letters from 2007 – kinda interesting (not!) – the first a cut’n'paste job, the second barely literate (and libelous!) – i like how it changes from “if you have any questions please contact us” to “any correspondence from you will be ignored” : [
“controversial images : media representations on the edge” edited by fiona attwood – contains a chapter on me written by adam stapleton – other wide-ranging chapters cover photoshopping, prophet mohammed cartoons, bulgarian transexuals, guantanamo bay, kurdish female suicide bombers, a mass murderer’s media manifesto, the british board of film classification, ichi the killer anime, max hardcore, torture porn, animal porn, screened rape, spankwire, call of duty modern warfare 2, and news images – a good read for sure – i’d have bought the book myself, if it wasn’t so hellishly expensive (even the kindle version is over $70!) – the essays are written almost exclusively by university professors and lecturers – so factually intensive and you always get a couple of pages of references – but despite being “academic” it’s very accessible
“moral crusades in an age of mistrust : the jimmy savile scandal” by frank furedi – the first “real” book out on the case – tho it’s more a sociological analysis of the surrounding moral panic – how words like victim and abuse have shifted meaning over the decades, the collapse of trust in authority establishments, crime trawling with people paid for unquestioned allegations (or victim compensation as they call it), the disallowance of skepticism, etc – not a book that’ll receive much love – i enjoyed it! – “savile: the beast (the inside story blahblah)” looks like the pulp paperback that’ll supply the desired sensationalism and requisite disgust – out now in the uk but another month or two wait for america (and thus me) – inevitably other assorted knock-out cash-in kindle books have appeared – the titles give the game away as to their worth: “the ghost of jimmy savile”. “now then : jimmy savile’s adventures in time”, “the folly of deference : what sir jimmy savile, irish paedophile priests, drunken doctors, and incompetent monarchs have all had in common” …and “arrest and trial of jimmy savile” which might be readable except the text is all formatted centered so it’s “unreadable”!
just been tempted by and bought rebecca ray’s “a certain age” (aka “pure”) – a coming of age “lolita” book (there appears to be a number of similar themed books about, by and for young females) – written by an 18 year old (16 when she started it!) – so it does sound authentically brit teenager – of course the appeal is that it’s possibly autobiographical – either way, far removed from melissa p, but i hope a fun read
tho currently reading maurice blanchot’s “aminadab” – which is a sorta allegorical kafka thru the looking glass
and thanks to adam stapleton, russell trainer’s “lolita complex” has now fallen into my possession finally – i must admit i wanted it more as a fetishistic/cult (?) object more than the desire to actually read it!