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    Pedophile Panic

    When child sexual abuse became an issue of public concern in the 1980’s, people sought a villain to blame and a cause to rally against. This was to fight a problem that has existed for all time. The outrage settled on the occult, and the concept of satanic ritual abuse took off in the public psyche. This moral panic most famously lead to the McMartin preschool trial, where impossible and downright bizarre accusations made against the owners of a California day-care held enough credence to spark one of the most lengthy and expensive trials in U.S history. As the dust settles from the moral panic of the ’80s and ’90’s,…

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    On “Exploring the implications of child sex dolls”

    Earlier this month, the Australian Institute of Criminology published a report in response to concerns surrounding the increasing numbers of what they refer to as “child sex dolls” being imported to Australia. When reading reports such as this, I try my best to remove my own vested interest from the equation and read it as someone lacking any knowledge or experience with child-size dolls. With this in mind, I can easily see the flow of logic as conclusions are drawn to the potential harms associated with these dolls; however, as an owner of several childlike dolls myself, I see one major flaw in this report that deteriorates the foundation on…