Discussion of violence
Why are works of #fiction (books, comic, animation, film) depicting #rape or #pedophilia more offensive to more people and cause more calls to boycott or censorship than fiction depicting extreme #violence or #murder, when killing someone is universally regarded as worse than raping someone (morally worse) and criminal systems everywhere punish murderers more harshly than rapists (legally worse)?
I think I understand the difference in shock value. My point is that morality (and the law) shouldn’t depend on how shocking something is, but on objective measures of moral worth, consequences, etc.
Open-heart surgery is very shocking to watch, but it’s very good. Hundreds of children dying every day of diarrhoea in distant countries isn’t shocking (we got used to it, and we mostly ignore it), but it’s very bad. etc.
Similarly, if killing someone is worse than raping someone, we should be
at least as vocal opposing depictions of the former as we are about the latter, regardless of what is more shocking.
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