Tag: Pornography

DA’s and Their Porn

Huh?:

A Manassas City teenager accused of “sexting” a video to his girlfriend is now facing a search warrant in which Manassas City police and Prince William County prosecutors want to take a photo of his erect penis, possibly forcing the teen to become erect by taking him to a hospital and giving him an injection, the teen’s lawyers said. A Prince William County judge allowed the 17-year-old to leave the area without the warrant being served or the pictures being taken — yet.

The teen is facing two felony charges, for possession of child pornography and manufacturing child pornography, which could lead not only to incarceration until he’s 21, but inclusion on the state sex offender data base for, possibly, the rest of his life. David Culver of NBC Washington first reported the story and interviewed the teen’s guardian, his aunt, who was shocked at the lengths Prince William authorities were willing to go to make a sexting case in juvenile court.

What happened here is that a 15-year-old girl sent some photos to a 17-year-old boy. At this point, the nature of those photos and the relationship of the two teens is unknown. He then sent her a video of his dick. The 15 year-old’s mother saw the video and contacted the police. The police charged with him making and distributing child pornography but had to drop the charges at trial because they hadn’t certified he was a minor. They are apparently bringing new charges for a July court date and have filed a warrant to take a picture of his erect member.

I held back on posting this to see what the Manassas cops had to say for themselves. I got caught on the Kaitlin Hunt thing a couple of years back. Their claim is that the kid sent video to the 15 year-old after being repeatedly told to stop. Assuming that is true — we’ve seen law enforcement publicity flacks lie before in controversial cases — they could be charging him with harassment or something like that (sex between consenting 15- to 17-year-olds is legal in Virginia). But no, they appear to be going with the absurd route of bringing kiddie porn charges against a teenager for taking pictures of himself. If convicted, he would be in prison until at age 21 and on a sex offender registry for the rest of his life. So they want to ruin this kid’s life over a dirty video.

To add insult to injury, they now want to collect evidence by strapping this kid to a gurney, giving him a drug to make him erect and taking more pictures of his genitals (in addition to ones they’ve already taken). Keep in mind: under the legal theory they are advancing, he is the victim here. He’s not being charged with sending out pictures of other nude teens; just himself. How is this not further victimization of the supposed victim?

(Doug Mataconis, in the comments to his post, notes that there is not a fifth amendment problem, since this is regarded as evidence collection, not testimony.)

Look, I don’t want teens sending naked pictures of themselves around willy-nilly either. But the legal system is not designed for the subtleties of a parental chat. Once you call in the legal system, it deals with things the way it is designed to: with maximum firepower.

At the very least, we need to rewrite our laws to deal with this. It is insane and ridiculous to charge teens with kiddie porn for taking pictures of themselves. Teenagers have been taking naked pictures of themselves since the camera was invented. Hell, somewhere out there is probably a cave painting some prehistoric teenager made of his dick in an effort to impress a cute cavegirl.

If this kid was sending unsolicited dick picks, there are harassment laws and indecent exposure laws to deal with it. But to bring these kind of charges? And to demand this kind of medical procedure? “Teaching someone a lesson” by ruining his life is not a sane approach to law.

Is your sex life deviant?

Whatever freaky shit you’re into online? You ain’t alone, brothers and sisters. Turns out damn near everybody is a freak. Read the whole article, it’s interesting, but here’s a bit I thought was particularly enlightening:

When this information is broken apart further, however, human sexual desire becomes as confounding as ever. For example: Men fantasize about group sex far more than women and picture more men than women in the action. Straight men prefer to watch amateur porn online, and the authors theorize it’s because of perceived authenticity — a fake orgasm, it turns out, may be as disappointing as one in real life. One of the most popular and diverse areas of interest in sexuality is domination and submission, with straight women and gay men most interested in the latter role. Gay men enjoy straight porn in large numbers.

I say enlightening, but…not to me. That is precisely the way I would expect it to go. As for the really freaky stuff?

America’s pre-eminent evolutionary psychologist, Donald Symons, a pioneer in the field of human sexuality, isn’t so sure. While he admires the scope of Ogas and Gaddam’s research, he’s not convinced a causal line can be drawn from hard data to human desire — that, for example, the popularity of sites devoted to granny porn and transsexuals is a sign that straight men somehow find these images erotic.

“One of the first things I asked Ogi about was curiosity versus arousal,” says Symons. “Ogi is convinced that when people are searching for things, it’s primarily for sexual arousal. I’m not so sure about that. If there was a porn star with three breasts — I bet there would be a zillion hits. Would that be a sign men were suddenly aroused by that? I think not.”

Gotta agree with Symons here. This reminds me of a story. Buncha years ago, when it wasn’t so frigging easy to access literally any kind of porn your mind could imagine, my phone rang. “Jim, I need the freakiest most disgusting porn you can find online right now.” I used to be a human Google for certain people, and like Google, BANG, I gave instant results. I sent her to DefVac and the old, original StileProject. Why did I have that stuff at the ready? Well, first of all I was friends with Lee. If it was offensive or sexual, or better if it combined the two, one of us would make sure to have that link on tap. It’s just how we rolled. Secondly, people expected us to know, so we knew.

One must work to meet expectations, mustn’t one?

Anyway, you aren’t a freak. You’re just human. So go rub one out to whatever disgusting, filthy, perverted shit you can find online, you goddamned grotesque monstrosity.