Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/05/04

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: Pornography?
From: John Coan <>
Date: Thu, 04 May 2000 06:53:10 -0400

Another corollary:
What if the pimply kid of the 1930's running the photo processor found pictures
of green peppers erotic?  Would Edward Weston be arrested for being a

Mike Quinn wrote:

> Pornographic? Come on. How can that be? Children so young can't be
> pornographic. They're essentially sexless creatures (with children's body
> parts).
> Pictures of them are just pictures of children. Period.
> Corollary: People who find pictures of children pornographic are ill.
> If someone gets turned on by elbows or chins, should we arrest anyone who
> takes pictures of them too?
> Why?
> Mike Quinn
> Nathan Wajsman wrote:
> On the other hand...I cannot completely fault the lab people for reporting
> her to the police. With the concern about child abuse it was not entirely
> unfounded. And most molesters are normal-looking regular people. In a way,
> the lab technicians and the police are perhaps responding to a valid concern
> in today's society.