Academic study supports ebooks and Internet material pushing the boundaries. The following excerpts are from various sources regarding the recent censorship of ebooks by the major book vendors, along with excerpts from the study, “Pornography, Rape, and the Internet.”
Pornography, Rape, and the Internet
Todd D. Kendall*
The John E. Walker Department of Economics July, 2007
The arrival of the internet caused a large decline in both the pecuniary and non-pecuniary costs of accessing pornography. Using state-level panel data from 1998-2003, I find that the arrival of the internet was associated with a reduction in rape incidence. While the internet is obviously used for many purposes other than pornography, it is notable that growth in internet usage had no apparent effect on other crimes. Moreover, when I disaggregate the rape data by offender age, I find that the effect of the internet on rape is concentrated among those for whom the internet-induced fall in the non-pecuniary price of pornography was the largest – men ages 15-19, who typically live with their parents. These results, which suggest that pornography and rape are substitutes, are in contrast with previous laboratory studies, most of which do not allow for potential substitutability between pornography and rape.
The results above suggest that potential rapists perceive pornography as a substitute for rape. With the mass market introduction of the world wide web in the late-1990’s, both pecuniary and non-pecuniary prices for pornography fell. The associated decline in rape illustrated in the analysis here is consistent with a theory, such as that in Posner (1994), in whichpornography is a complement for masturbation or consensual sex, which are themselves substitutes for rape, making pornography a net substitute for rape.
Given the limitations of the study, policy prescriptions based on these results must be made with extreme care. More research on other countries, other time periods, or using other methodologies or datasets is necessary before broad results can be stated with confidence. Nevertheless, the results of this simple study point to what may be important flaws in the previous literature, and suggest that liberalization of pornography access may not lead to increased sexual victimization of women.
Self-Published Erotica is Being Singled Out For Sweeping Deletions From Major eBookstores
Curiously enough, B&N and Amazon have yet to remove The Bible, V.C. Andrews’Flowers In The Attic, Alyssa Nutting’s Tampa, Judy Blume’s Forever, or Lolita.
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and WH Smith are taking a radical response to last week’s “news” that they sell boundary-pushing adult content in their ebookstores. They are now deleting not just the questionable erotica but are also removing any ebooks that might even hint at violating cultural norms.
This story began when The Kernel discovered last week that, much to their dismay, Amazon was selling legal adult content:
The books are sold as Kindle Editions, the name Amazon gives to books that can be cheaply and quickly downloaded to its portable Kindle device. Available titles include Don’t Daddy (Forced Virgin Seduction) and Daddy’s Invisible Condom (Dumb Daughter Novelette).
As with “barely legal” pornographic films, which seek to satisfy base urges associated with illegal and immoral acts while circumventing laws against depictions of underage sex, many of the titles listed on Amazon protest loudly that rape victims are “over 18”.
Similarly, the “daddy” rapists in many incest stories are revealed in the small print to be “not blood related”. But few reading the titles of these books will be fooled about the supposed erotic intent of the volumes.
Again, this content is legal.
I had planned to simply ignore this as a non-news story, but the major ebookstores were more concerned about legal self-published erotica than I would have expected. The Daily Mail, On The Media, BBC News, and a couple dozen authors on KBoards are all reporting that content is being deleted right and left.
Read entire article:
Amazon removes abuse-themed e-books from store
Retailer Amazon has removed several abuse-themed e-books from its Kindle Store after a report highlighted titles depicting rape, incest and bestiality.
Titles such as Taking My Drunk Daughter had been on sale.
Amazon and Barnes & Noble both say they are removing books found by technology news site The Kernel, but many others still remain, the BBC has found.
WHSmith and Kobo, which feature titles with similar themes, are yet to respond to requests for comment.
The BBC found that on Amazon’s store, the search function automatically suggested explicit topics to users typing seemingly innocuous keywords – without age verification taking place.
Amazon has not responded to the BBC’s request for comment on the issue, except to confirm that the specific books listed by The Kernel had been removed.
Barnes & Noble said in a statement the titles were “in violation” of its policy on content offered in the NOOK Bookstore and were in the process of being removed.
“When there are violations to the content policy that are brought to our attention, either through our internal process or from a customer or external source, we have a rapid response team in place to appropriately categorize or remove the content in accordance with our policy,” it said.
Justice Minister Damian Green told the BBC “the government shares the public’s concerns about the availability of harmful material.”
WHY AMAZON SHOULD KEEP PUBLISHING RAPE AND INCEST PORN
The online magazine Kernel is after Amazon for publishing pornographic eBooks that fetishize rape and incest.
The books Kernel writer Jeremy Wilson found are awful. If your default position is to support free speech, these are the kinds of titles that make you wince. It’s a lot easier to defend Huckleberry Finn than Taking My Drunk Daughter, Reluctant Brother Blowjob, or Forced By Daddy.
So how’d the titles even end up on Amazon? According to Wilson, the authors of the books set up their own publishing houses by registering an ISBN number for a few hundred bucks. Then they upload their work. Amazon doesn’t police its digital publishing platforms in a meaningful way, so the books stay up, even though Amazon forbids pornography.
And these are leagues worse than pornography. These are books that are written to give you, the reader, pleasure while you imagine someone raping a child.
Amazon should ignore Kernel and leave them up.
We outlaw snuff films, child porn and, increasingly, revenge porn, because actual people are harmed during their production. Erotic fiction concerns fake characters who don’t exist in real life. You could argue that entertainment that caters to people’s darkest fantasies makes them more likely to enact them, but the science wouldn’t support you.
Tonights Erotic Literary Salon-Live
‘All the Sex I’ve Ever Had’ will be presented along with attendee readings and featured presenter. Details and cover story on reality theater piece are in earlier posting.