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wankerbot t1_jacknru wrote

you know when people say "think of the children", you know they mean their well-being, right?


obliviousofobvious t1_jacll6w wrote

That is your assumption. The real motivation, based on the actual actions taken is manyfold:

  1. Enforcing religious dogma. Often it's repressive, bigotted, and extremely unpopular.
  2. Silencing critics.
  3. Pushing their own views on other people. This one is the worst because it's used to force one's personal beliefs about what is acceptable for children on others.

There are many social mores and standards that I believe and accept are required to protect kids. Sexual Predation laws, for example, are things we can all agree are healthy and required.

Criminalizing Drag shows as somehow being a gateway to Sexual Predation, however, is a perfect example of "Think of the children" used to oppress a minority group.

We will disagree on what we believe is acceptable for minors. Where I draw the line on media (fantasy / sci fi violence vs real life simulated) may not be where you agree. That's ok. You do you. When you start forcing me to follow your rules or, worse, try to impose your rules on the whole population and use the "Think of the Children" trope to accomplish you're seeing where I'm going.

And, to finish, do you not find it EXTREME hypocracy that the same political party that is frothing at the mouth to protect kids from "the gays" are the same ones enabling this horrific child labour scheme?


wankerbot t1_jadkxe0 wrote

holy shit, all i meant was that when people say "think of the children" they are doing so under the guise of the childrens' well-being (whether or not they are genuine, or whether or not their assertions would actually help kids).

your "well they did think of the kids" is about as helpful as the "don't call him a [denegrating name] because it gives [denegrating name] a bad name" comments.