Radley has up a short but very interesting video expose of the NBC program To Catch a Predator, which he has titled "To Catch an Unethical Journalist." Well, yea, but that’s not the essential point to make. The essential and important point is that NBC’s show is primarily designed to manufacture "criminals" out of people who haven’t as yet harmed anyone and may never have harmed anyone. NBC and Chris Hansen are the predators.
This isn’t a popular thing to say. I have a brother with a 13-yr-old teenage daughter and he’ll flat out state out loud that he’d be willing to blow the head off of any man who even thinks about having sex with his daughter at her age, even if she were to invite it or initiate it — even if no act was ever committed. I don’t think he’s all that unusual, frankly. I understand that’s bravado and fatherly overprotection, which when properly channeled is more good than bad — I think, anyway.
When the show first aired, I don’t think they had yet teamed up with "law enforcement;" and so I thought, at first: what dumb guys, and if they’re that dumb then I don’t really care that NBC are such assholes as to go dangling little Lolitas in their faces until they cave. Then there’s the fact that they did expose a few honest-to-god real predators above and beyond all the first-timers who were doing whatever they were doing until a troll came along to relentlessly entice them with taboo sex.
And that’s what it is, folks. I’m sorry, but we’re talking about social taboos, here, and not crimes (13 and 14 and 15 year-old girls and boys aren’t children in a physical and sexual sense). There’s 2 million years of history that evolved humans to start screwing and thinking about screwing at about 12 or 13 years old and your fairy-tale fantasies about imaginary friends and his commandments from stone tablets on high are just delusions, from which are manufactured social or cultural norms for the sake of creating the illusion of authority, from which emanates control and force such that everyone tows the line.
You all aren’t dealing in the reality of the human organism qua evolved being.
Now, I will say that the world has changed, procreation is no longer a matter of life-or-death survival in the short and medium term, and there’s no compelling social (tribal) need to begin sexual relations so young (with risky consequences; but natural selection ensured that from a survival-of-organism standpoint, 12-yr-olds having babies offered more reward than risk for the tribe’s survival struggle). Man evolved individual moral agency and a conscience, he can and ought to be free to associate with whom we wants, there is moral authority over children and young people to some degree that decreases over time. So, we have changed in terms of social units, individuals, and families. We understand it’s better to wait for all sorts of practical reasons. But there’s no moral basis for it whatsoever. It’s just a taboo, so long as no force or fraudulent manipulation is involved.
All of the NBCs, Chris Hansens, police and prosecutors in the world aren’t going to protect your daughter (or son) if they decide they want to entertain and explore their urges. There will always be kids who do and there will always be those to either take advantage of it or cave to the temptation if indeed it does present as a temptation. This isn’t predatory behavior and it’s uncivilized to manufacture and then dangle such temptation in front of people. It’s completely unnecessary. What it is, is modern-day cannibalism.
So the next time you hear about the latest "sting" operation, stop and consider who is the real predator in the whole thing.
Update: I just got wind of this, which I first blogged here. Shameful. Of course, probably the justice system that holds Genarlow Wilson a prisoner for what are supposed to be the best 10 years of his life, for receiving oral sex from a 15-yr-old at 17, doesn’t think he’s evil. They’re "practicing law," you see, and people like you, me and Genarlow are perfectly suitable for being bestowed upon or chewed up, depending upon how the various legal arguments weigh, and everyone’s supposed to just shut up and do their civic duty to let the law run its course and to be a part of its evolution for the collective betterment. That’s supposed to make Genarlow feel better. "Change the law."
On some days I think the Christian nut bars might be right, only not how they think. Evolution is false. There’s too little difference to make meaningful distinctions between us and monkeys screeching in trees; though it could very well be that the alpha members of their social hierarchies actually meaningfully protect the young offspring instead of prey upon them.