Seeing Like A Pedophile

Andrew Sullivan —  May 1 2011 @ 1:02pm


Jens Liljestrand ponders the line between photography and child pornography. Sanna Rayman argues against overreacting:

Just as we don't want to hand victory to terrorists by creating a repressive society, we don't want to hand victory to pedophiles. If we always look out for risks we will start to look at things in a different way. Our first thought when we see a nude child is "What would a pedophile see" instead of "What am I seeing?" And then we've already given up part of our own worldview. Something that didn't use to be a problem becomes something inappropriate.

(Photo by Flickr user Elizabeth Herndon)