Posts by Emma Hart

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  • Speaker: Won't Someone Please Not Think…,

    This is truly quite remarkable.

    There's a statement I have no idea how to take.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4568 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Won't Someone Please Not Think…,

    You seem to be making a "slippery slope" argument,

    I'm aware of that. But it's already clear that they're not just after the child pornography, because of the FBI memo. They're after stories written about doing things that are perfectly legal.They're already going after categories of material that stuff I've written falls into.

    It is one thing to write the story as "therapy", it is a different matter again to post it on the internet.

    Because why? The group was not visible to the general public - which is the reason I haven't been able to check if it was all done in the best possible taste, or if I'd have to go for a vomit and a lie down.

    Not following you there. You can write a story in which a woman or child is sexually assaulted and then starts to enjoy it, and it won't be any less problematic than the same story represented in any other medium.

    Actually, I was thinking of stories that have conveyed the harrowing horror of rape that I just couldn't see anyone finding 'prurient'. We've run a workshop on helping writers deal with the emotional impacts of writing this kind of thing. I think some people have a very strong mental picture of the kind of people who write this stuff, and it doesn't square with the people I know at all.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4568 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Won't Someone Please Not Think…,

    But drawing sex involving children is also different than writing about it. If you believe that pornography corrupts, you'll aim to ban all forms of representation, but the written form generally comes last in the pecking order.

    The other thing writing allows you to do is get inside the heads of the participants. It makes it possible to make issues of consent much more clear-cut where sometimes with pictures or film it can be very open to interpretation, especially with BDSM.

    One of the things that really bothers me about so much censorship is that it seems to be based on what is portrayed, not how it's portrayed.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4568 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Won't Someone Please Not Think…,

    This issue is of particular concern to fandom - last year LiveJournal, in response to complaints, deleted a whole lot of journals under the guise of purging child porn

    Indeed. This has included banning Harry Potter slash-fic if it's not clear which book the writing is non-canon for, and therefore how old the participants are. Never mind if it's twincest.

    I think it's also seen as an easy target - people are primed to be worried about sex on teh Intarwebs.

    Yup. And I think the justification for that list of stuff to chase after in particular is entirely based on how reluctant people would be to defend them. People outside the scope of vanilla privilege are easier targets.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4568 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Won't Someone Please Not Think…,

    I always thought that at least part or the illegality of "obscene" images was due to the potential for exploitation of real people in the making of. Unless the author has some very intense research methods this just isn't an issue with text.

    Indeed, that's pretty much the crux of it: that photographic porn requires an actual real incident to photograph or film. But writing?

    Also, according to the answers I got from a very helpful woman at the NZ Chief Censor's Office, in NZ the writing doesn't even have to be distributed to be considered obscene. Just writing something down could be a crime.

    I'm not sure if the amount of technical obscenity on my hard-drive makes me feel cool or weird or what.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4568 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Won't Someone Please Not Think…,

    Heh, there used to be an RFS classification for movies - Restricted to Film Societies.

    They took the 'only for qualified academics' restriction off de Sade's Justine here almost simultaneously with me gaining the requisite qualifications. Now it's available free on the net in its entirety.

    Let. Down.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4568 posts Report Reply

  • Readers' Tips,

    Church cnr Countdown is 24hrs

    Not any more. Closes at midnight as of about a month ago.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4568 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: So far from trivial,

    Wait, Sunday School makes you gay? For the first time ever I believe we have a lead on what my mother did wrong.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4568 posts Report Reply

  • Readers' Tips,

    Here's my tip - for what it's worth. When walking along Takapuna Beach with dogs offleash, do not smile.

    Pff, Jackie, people look at me funny when I dance in the supermarket too - but why else would they be playing music?

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4568 posts Report Reply

  • Readers' Tips,

    Baking Soda. Is there anything it can't do??

    A cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar (ha!) followed by three cups of boiling water will:
    a)unblock drains
    b)entertain your children

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4568 posts Report Reply

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