I dont think this has been made into a debate thread in this section... Anyways. Here, debate lolicon- its legal status, morality, depictions from culture to culture, etc. Lolicon is the label for the preference, or interest, in very young girls, or girls that have [physical] childish characteristics. It does *not* only refer to the pornography genre, though it is possibly most commonly used to reference it in this day and age. Debate whatever you want about it- however, these are some questions that you may be interested in answering and discussing in the process: -Should animations, computer games, manga, etc. featuring female children, or women who resemble children, in sexual situations be outlawed or atleast heavily regulated? -Do you believe that an individual who is interested in lolicon-based animations, videogames, artwork, etc. is necessarily a pedophile? How would you explain someone who takes a universal interest in women of all age ranges? -Some argue that the legalization of lolicon animated material may actually reduce occurances of real-life pedophillic actions by providing users with an outlet of questionable healthiness. Would you agree? Why or why not? -The term "moe", as a classification of various fetishisms in anime and manga is sometimes used as a synonymous definition to "lolicon". How do you feel about this? -While child pornography was outlawed in Japan around 1999, the attempts of Japanese interest groups to end lolicon animated materials thus far have been either ignored, unconsidered, or rejected. Do you feel that this is for good reason? Of course, don't feel *expected* to answer these. They serve as a mere topic starter ideas. My opinion? Well, I don't necessarily disagree with lolicon animation, but at the same time I am very against real-life pedophilia. I guess the way I see it, is that there is a difference between a drawing and an actual photo or picture. However, I do not feel that it is appropriate for someone who is possibly in danger of participating in, or conducting, real-life pedophillic behavior to consume and enjoy lolicon animated materials. I treat that matter in the same way that I would treat this question: should a suicidal individual be given a handgun? Also, I feel that the focus on lolicon is biased to one gender. When you wiki "shotacon", the male equivalent to "lolicon", you will find a much more limited, if not non-existent, controversy section. Also, the comparison of groups focusing on lolicon to the groups also focusing on shotacon is, well, unfair. The reality is that both sexes are targeted by pedophillic individuals, and both young boys and girls can and will sometimes be abused and violated.