What is a psychical harm? Please define?
I saw a LOT of images during my searches for various technical, behavioral, medical and forensic oddities. I don’t think any one of them harmed me.
Metallurgy is linked to knives and guns. Knives and guns are linked to murders.
Chemistry is linked to explosives and explosives are linked to terrorism. Still, ownership of Urbanski’s “Chemistry and technology of explosives”, or even a book of recipes, should not be a cause for being sent to an involuntary therapy in Guantanamo, nor for even a single cent fine.
What about selling a footage of such from a surveillance camera?
It is highly dangerous. There already are be innocent people who never wanted to harm anybody swept into the dragnet. There are already cases of common family photographs freaking people out enough to get police and child services involved, heavily traumatizing the families involved. Is this the kind of world you want to get us all doomed into, and even making it worse than it already is? Think about the collateral damage. Think about borderline cases, prosecutors eager to get another score, overworked public defenders that don’t have time to defend… and even if you can and do hire a lawyer and win at the end, it can cost you your house or worse. Meanwhile, thank you the mass media, your career is ruined, your society standing as well, and you cannot even change identity and go west and start anew.
And then there is another can of worms. This battlefield binds strengths of many do-gooders, including you. Where will they move once they “win”? What cause will be next? What will be the next moral panic, next “we must ban this or else”?
Drawings and writings with any - repeat, ANY - content should be absolutely legal to possess. These don’t harm anybody.
So why not going for more and more realistic rendering software? I consider mere consumption to be about as harmless as… something harmless. Crowd out actual real photos with simulations where no person was affected. Even allow possession of the photos themselves, as they contain a lot of forensic clues; and just go after the producers. Besides, the wide availability of simulated photos will drop the prices on the black market to rock bottom, further lowering incentives to product “the real kind”. While there will still be demand for the real stuff, it will become a niche of a niche, driving down the overall production rates and the related real harm.
And once we are in the world of 3d models, things can quickly get pretty dual-use. The same model can be used for a pedophile, for pediatry, or just for parent training. Do you want to ban just the resulting renders, or even the tools and “precursors” to make them?
…besides, if you cannot get laid to save your life, a regular porn can do wonders to satiate the built-in demand and prevent you from screwing up between real people. I imagine it’s the same when you cannot get laid because of not wanting to do harm to a child, instead of just not being able (and lately even willing) to navigate the insanely complex state machine of more advanced interpersonal communication.
And the cure is likely to be way worse than the illness.
Harm to a psyche, scarred psyche… define the terms, please?
Easy solution. Don’t seek it, don’t look at it.
The harm of leaving it alone looks lower than the harm of collateral damages of going after it.