Pedophilia and Amazon.com

I have a set posting schedule that I admit I don’t always live up to. Every two days you should be able to count on me for a new post. Sometimes I even post in between those days. This is the first time in the short history of my blog that I have thought something important enough to post twice in one day. I hope this doesn’t take any attention away from my first post today Carizza but… I actually feel like a real blogger. I heard a story on the news, I researched it further and got to writing to make what feels like the deadline for the morning edition. So it sounds corny. What can I say, it doesn’t take much to get me excited. That being said, read on.


Pedophilia and Amazon.com

Phillips Greaves is an author, an e-author. Recently he published and e-book that sold over 100 copies on Amazon.com. Pretty good for a self published author, I guess.

Amazon.com has recently stopped selling the e-book. The link is no longer available. Why would a business like Amazon pull a product and thus loos potential revenue related to the sale of said item? The reason is simple. Public outcry and Christmas shopping season!

What’s all the hubbub? Phillips Greaves, is the author of The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure. Greaves claims not to be a pedophile and only wrote the book to make children safer. His e-book doesn’t promote the act of penetrative sex but does suggest that fondling is alright. Touching you niece or nephew because you love them and want to give them a hug is very different from stealing away somewhere and fondling their private parts.

Fondling is not alright and fondling is the word most often associated with sexual contact. Touching and fondling in today’s society are two words that no longer mean the same thing. Initially Amazon was not going to pull the book because they said it was censorship. Two anti Amazon Facebook pages later and thousands of complaints and even a boycott so close to the season of Christ, errr, I mean Commercialism, and now Amazon has changed its tune.

Amazon’s official policy states that pornography, offensive material and titles which may lead to illegal activity are prohibited. If that is their official policy then pulling a book off their inventory is not censorship at all, they are just adhering to their own policy. Makes you wonder if the sale of the book in the first place was allowed by someone who might be an advocate for the content of the book.

Amazon is not new to controversy but what company these days isn’t. In 2002 Amazon.com fought against the censorship of another pedophile book, Understanding Loved Boys and Boylovers (which is still for sale on Amazon). People simply should not be allowed to profit from the sale of items pro (some illegal act) in my opinion. I realize not everyone will agree with that and they will believe this is still censorship and both books and even worse should be allowed to be purchased. Maybe they should be allowed to be purchased, but it doesn’t mean businesses with a conscience should have to sell it.

Fret not though authors of trash like this. As society continues to degenerate pedophilia and even marriage between adults and children might become legal. Not in my lifetime I hope. Thank you Amazon.com for doing in my opinion the right thing, even though as I suspect, for the wrong reason.


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  1. #1 by Sara on November 22, 2010 - 1:52 AM

    I found your blog on Yahoo. This is a real shame. It seems like nobody protects the victims but people who want to do wrong have so many protections.

  2. #2 by msbrazas on November 14, 2010 - 8:43 PM

    *Disclaimer: I don’t agree with this book and would never read it.*
    If Amazon had never agreed to post the book, it wouldn’t be censorship. However, posting it and then pulling it makes them looks wishy washy and is censorship. I don’t like the idea that if people scream loud enough books will be pulled. While this book is obviously a dark spot in human nature, who is to say Amazon won’t start pulling other books with which people disagree. As an English teacher and a severe lover books, I always worry about how far others morals will affect the books that everyone gets to read.

    • #3 by Tom Baker on November 16, 2010 - 7:27 AM

      I understand how you feel being a teacher and a lover of books. I’m just someone who thinks protecting children trumps everything else. Thanks for your comment. I love long comments!

  3. #4 by Scent of my heart on November 14, 2010 - 5:23 AM

    Absolutely right choice of Amazon!!! It’s so wrong, the whole idea of a book like this is absolutely wrong! I wonder sometimes what has to be in one’s head to even think of such things, not talking about doing them! Now what message the guy wanted to pass on with the e-book … even reading the name of it to me it sounds sick! As anyone else said, I too stick to the fact that your posts are professional, don’t underestimate yourself!

  4. #5 by Jia on November 12, 2010 - 6:41 AM

    Thanks for the info Tom. It is quite sick to imagine that some adult to prey on young, vulnerable kids… arrgh.

  5. #7 by Cherlyn on November 11, 2010 - 10:12 AM

    Although I very much think that censorship can be a bad thing – I also agree with Amazon’s choice. Overall, Amazon is still a business, and you’re right they have the choice to not sell an item at their store. Perhaps if the topic was something less controversial, then I would think different. However, pedophilia is not something to be taken lightly, and I definitely belive any sexual touching of a child is phedophilia – that includes “fondling”, any sort of inappropriate touching or kissing. Of course there is a difference between a father giving his child a goodnight kiss on the forehead and any other sort of touching – I don’t mean that sort of stuff. But I think you know what I mean, I’m still a bit tired from work. I absolutely agree with you, anything that condones and promotes pedophilia is something that I wouldn’t want to see in my bookstores. It’s not like this person is being censored completely, I suppose he can put his views for free online or sell independantly, there’s no stopping him there. But Amazon made a choice to adhere to a)the majority of their customer’s wants/needs and b)their own moral judgement. If the book was on a topic that may have offended a few people but wasn’t promoting any sort of violence against another person or persons, like homosexuality, atheism etc, then yeah, they would’ve been in the wrong. Amazon made the right choice.

    • #8 by Cherlyn on November 11, 2010 - 10:13 AM

      And, by the way, I always thought of you as a professional blogger :)

    • #10 by Tom Baker on November 11, 2010 - 10:37 AM

      I agree but as someone who has been disillusioned by the tobacco industry, the food industry, the oil industry, etc…, I can’t help but think Amazon would still be selling this book if it weren’t so close to Christmas. I fully admit that is just my opinion and I might just think that because I think all big business is not so much interested in its customers as it is in the Almighty Dollar.

      I’m so glad we are friends. No one leaves long comments like you do!! If you haven’t stooped by your site, I love today’s poem.

      • #11 by Cherlyn on November 12, 2010 - 4:10 AM

        I’m glad you like my long comments! lol I’m always afraid they’re a hassle.

        Maybe I’m just optomistic. I’ve worked for companies that only care about the money, but right now I work for a company that cares for both. We basically bend over backwards for customers, which I suppose for this company works :).

        And you’re probably right about Amazon. But overall if the customerbase is unhappy with something in their business, especially something that could escalate into very bad press, it would be wise to try to fix whatever the problem is. Sure, you could keep that product for sale because every buck counts, but if people are unhappy with them, they’re likely to lose much more money.

        • #12 by Tom Baker on November 13, 2010 - 10:43 AM

          Keep your long comments coming! I know there are companies that do care and I shouldn’t generalize but it seems that American Big Business is just about money no matter what their commercials try to portray. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  6. #13 by Seth Winternight on November 11, 2010 - 10:09 AM

    Hah.. then I hope it’s not going to degenerate in MY lifetime! You should feel like a professional blogger, because the style and way you present the text is kind of like a popular journalist/news reporter OR a critic and that’s good in my opinion.

    • #14 by Tom Baker on November 11, 2010 - 10:42 AM

      The only thing I think is professional about my blogging Seth, is in my head!

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