Alright, people, go with me here. I know you read that title and needed no further incitement to hop on the comments section and rage. And I feel you. But give it a minute…
The book in question leaves little to the imagination: “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-Lover’s Code of Conduct,” by Phillip R. Greaves II, was self-published, and was available on Amazon until Wednesday, when it got pulled following thousands of angry emails.
So yes, the idea of the book is horrible. Also, my initial reaction was that pedophilia is illegal, and so it seemed like a how-to guide on the topic would be equally as unlawful.
Then I realized that I have a copy of Guerilla Warfare sitting about two feet to my left.
But that’s neither here nor there. Greaves’ book is obviously incredibly disturbing, especially after you hear from the author that it really is intended as a literal guide. According to CNN, he describes the book as “my attempt to make pedophile situations safer for those juveniles that find themselves involved in them, by establishing certian [sic] rules for these adults to follow.”
Of course, the goal should be to eliminate pedophilia situations, not turn them into something that could pass as “safer” or somehow acceptable.
BUT. When it comes to things like pedophilia, it can be a fine line between giving a voice to someone who wants to cause heinous pain to a child and call it love, and censorship. Do we cave to our sensibilities and say that indeed, some books should be banned, or do we say that no book should ever be banned, under any circumstances?
What do you think?