Child porn is not art

I’m sorry, but I can’t support anything that says child nudity is art.

Cate Blanchett has come out in favour of Bill Henson (an “artist”) that had a gallery taken down when it was discovered he had nude photos of 12- and 13-year-olds. (Read the story here)

She has signed a letter that says “we wish to express our dismay at the police raid on Bill Henson’s recent Sydney exhibition, the allegations that he is a child pornographer, and the subsequent reports that he and others may be charged with obscenity.”

The problem with this is that when someone else takes real child pornography photos, they might then be able to hide behind the “art” defence. What happens when someone uses the art defence? Will they be supported by the art community?

Child porn is child porn. If you allow art as a defence, you’re opening a huge can of worms.

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3 responses to “Child porn is not art

  1. Cheryl

    If he’s truly an artist, he’ll respect his models and his profession enough to obey the law and use adults if he must do nude shots.
    I totally think this is obscene and I hope he is prosecuted, even if nothing ends up coming of it. The message needs to be sent to all photographers, or like you said, random people who use the art defense for their disgusting ideas.

  2. Andrew

    I agree, child porn is not art. However, I don’t think that the Henson photos are child porn.

    I mean, you admit this youself when you say “when someone else takes real child pornography…”. In this case, the photos were not taken to be used by pedophiles to gratify themselves over – unless you think art galleries have a steady trade in men in trenchcoats.

    Only pedophiles and so-called “moralists” see a child’s body as sexual – otherwise, we should take a lesson from the Taliban, and require all children to cover head-to-toe in public.

  3. newfcollins

    I don’t think it matters why the photos are taken. Maybe I shouldn’t have included the word “real” for that line, but that doesn’t change the opinion that this has gone too far.

    Maybe there aren’t guys in trenchcoats in art galleries, but I bet there are pedophiles who have been looking at these photos since they are now so widely available on the net as part of stories and blogs.

    As for the last line, I fear we are entering a new Godwin’s Law, but instead of Hitler, it’s the Taliban, and doesn’t really need a response.

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