Lolicon and the Problem With Misrepresentation

Icon-MOECNN ran an article pretty recently about the recent ban on the possession of child pornography in Japan, and how the anime and manga industries have managed to escape such a ban, despite the existence of lolicon manga.

You can read the article and watch the video they produced here. All in all, however, the entire thing is less of a news article, more of a moral outrage piece.

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The Hypocrisy of the Anti-Loli/Shota Crusade

Icon-MOEPodcast Zero’s Kyuubethe3rd directed me to a YouTube video not too long ago. Apart from being the average unfunny hyperbolic kind of garbage that’s a dime a dozen on YouTube, it made the attempt at debunking the comparison between people saying lolicon causes pedophilia and people saying violent videogames cause real violence.

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Moé and Lolicon Revisited: “Why?”

Drawingirl94 recently posted a fantastic article on her blog. She articulated in a way I never could things I’ve been saying for a long time about the subject of lolicon. Reading it has given me a fresh perspective on the issue, and I want to revisit it, because I feel like my point is somewhat lacking.

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Moé and Lolicon

The conflation of moé and lolicon happens a great deal more often than I’d like. Unsurprisingly, it’s almost always coming from someone who’s failed to actually grasp the concept of moé, but knows that they hate it, and lumps it in with lolicon because they hate that, too.

Let me make it clear: Moé is not loli and loli is not moé. The two might intersect on occasion, but they are two separate phenomena.

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Operation Shion Fujino Phase 3: Rin Kokonoe

Images included in this article may be explicit in nature.

In the discussion on moé and sex, certain characters tend to stand out as good case-studies on where moé and sexuality intersect and how they interact with each other. These characters range from those with slightly perverse tendencies to those with seductive streaks, all the way to full-on nymphomaniacs, and each one of these characters offers a chance to examine how moé and sex play together, as well as a chance to discuss appeal itself and the differences between various types of appeal.

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“Pedophilia” and the Anti-Moé Brigade

When the Anti-Moé Brigade is looking for points against moé, often, they’ll cite the tendency toward younger characters as a mark against moé. Moé’s tendency toward young and young-looking characters, as well as the sexuality involved, is bad. It’s creepy.

It’s downright pedophilic.

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