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By Professor Suzanne Ost

Baby pornography and sexual grooming offer case research exemplars of difficulties that society and legislation have sought to take on to prevent either real and strength damage to kids. but regardless of the substantial criminal, political and societal trouble that those serious phenomena allure, they've got no longer, to date, been subjected to special socio-legal and theoretical scrutiny. How do society and legislation build the harms of kid pornography and grooming? What influence do structures of the kid have upon felony and societal responses to those phenomena? What has been the impetus in the back of the increasing criminalisation of behaviour in those components? Suzanne Ost addresses those and different vital questions, exploring the severe tensions inside criminal and social discourses which needs to be tackled to deter ethical panic reactions in the direction of baby pornography and grooming, and advocating a brand new, extra rational process in the direction of fighting those varieties of exploitation.

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22 23 31 C h i l d P o r n o g r ap h y a n d S e x u a l G r o o m i n g different meaning to be attached to it than if it is preceded by the word ‘adult’. Although there may be at least some truth in the argument that the term ‘pornography’ connotes the consensual participation of all of the parties involved, the idea that the child’s involvement in child porn­ ography can ever be consensual is not something that society would be likely to accept. 28 In legal discourses, the issue of valid consent also plays a vital role in ­differentiating adult and child pornography.

Walkowitz 1992: ch. 7. There are numerous other historical examples of moral panics. For just two of these, see Silverman and Wilson 2002: 10–12; and Sutter 2003. 69 The way in which this and other instances of widespread social unrest and alarm are now understood and assessed has been informed by the conceptual analysis of moral panics that appeared in the latter part of the twentieth century. The concept of the ‘moral panic’ was originally developed by Jock Young and Stan Cohen,70 who argued that the combined effect of the media’s coverage of a phenomenon, public opinion and the reaction of the authorities can have the spiral-like effect of creating a moral panic.

He then views it for his sexual gratification and distributes it to others for their gratification. The context in which the same photograph is now viewed, the purpose for which it is being used, may lead to it being labelled as an image of child porn­ o­graphy. The danger of such a popular perception is that, by focusing on the context in which the image is used in the current protectionist, moral-panic climate, it fosters the view that images of naked children are all potentially indecent or pornographic if individuals obtain sexual gratification from viewing them.

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