Sweden’s state radio has warned people who enjoy adult anime and manga that they are in fact dangerous sex criminals who are violating Sweden’s draconian child pornography laws and should “seek professional help” immediately.
The “Sleeping with P3″ programme, aired recently on Sweden’s state-run radio station P3, featured the host posing a listener’s question about his onanistic interest in raunchy manga to an “expert”:
Host: Mr. Larsson asks “I often jerk off to cartoon girls, mostly “manga,” is this normal?”
Expert: Hmm, images, movies or animations, photos and drawings that depict or that can be viewed as children are illegal in Sweden, as defined by Swedish child porn law.
So if you viewed, own or published this kind of material it’s a crime!
[Translation Note: nowhere did the original question suggest he was interested in lolicon manga]
And what he asks about is so-called “manga” or “lolicon,” that have images or movies of pre-pubescent girls in pornographic situations, and this is illegal.
There have been court-cases here in Sweden about this [see here], where this kind of material has been ruled to be child pornography, and which have resulted in fines or jail time.
Additionally, in 2007 a government inquiry determined that if you in anyway make or duplicate pornographic images of children, it is degrading to all children, not only the depicted child.
Another part of the question that I find interesting is whether this is normal.
I don’t think this is about what is normal or not normal. Everyone has their own thing that turns them on.
But if Mr. Larsson has any more feelings or questions about this, I seriously think he should contact a hospital or a psychiatrist, and seek professional help.
Host: In short, he needs to seek professional help?
Incidentally, some time prior to this a young girl asked a similar question of the same station – whether it is OK to like yaoi manga – and was told she should feel free to do whatever she felt comfortable with.