Back on February 14, 2006, in my article, AOL-owned DMOZ Directory promotes child pornography?, I said:
There is a very long thread at DigitalPoint Forums running to some 60 pages and almost 1200 posts as of this writing with the title “DMOZ supports child porn?“. The thread discusses the listing in certain DMOZ categories of websites which promote child pornography and pedophilia via pro-pedophilia forums and chat rooms, and in the course of those almost 1200 posts includes debates with several DMOZ editors who support the practice in the name of free speech as well as several DMOZ editors and ex-editors who express disgust with those among their colleagues who support it.The appalling thing about this debate, to me, is that it exists at all. How anyone can justify, on the basis of free speech or on any other grounds, endorsing and promoting sites dedicated to justifying or rationalizing (“neutralizing” as the criminologists term it) child molesting is astounding. I can only assume that to date the parent company, AOL, and Google, who between them prop up and legitimize the DMOZ Directory, are unaware of some of the practices of its editors.
The DigitalPoint thread referred to began on January 26, 2006. Since that time, various DMOZ editors have actively sought to remove such listings and to change internal rules to prohibit the listing of such sites in the future. Several DMOZ editors have assured us that progress was being made and that they were optimistic that the problem would be corrected.
Here we are a full two months after my previous article on the subject – and three months after the initial DigitalPoint post – and, sadly, I must report that I don’t see a lot of progress. DMOZ continues to list and thereby to promote and endorse such sites in its Adult cartegories.
Here are some of the current listings in the DMOZ category Adult: Society: Sexuality: Activities and Practices: Pedophilia:
Discrimination Against Minors – A pagan discusses the problem of age of consent laws, how they discriminate against children, and how children, if properly educated, can make decisions about their own bodies.
Pedaloog – Advocacy of adult-child relationships. Authors attempt to counter commonly accepted beliefs through a series of articles.
The Pedophilia Smear – Moralists are condemning pedophilia research out of hand without cocnsidering the possibility that the findings of researchers may be valid and should be considered objectively.
Steve Perry: The Candy Man and Other Myths About Pedophilia – A review of Judith Levine’s controversial book “Harmful to Minors”. Discusses how Levine debunks two popular myths, that the typical sex offender is a stranger, and that teens are not sexual beings.
On Boys and Boylovers – A scholarly article by Benjamin Jarod regarding the phenomenon of boy love. The paper attempts to refute commonly held beliefs and explore alternative aspects of man-boy relations. (January 1, 1997)
Pedophiles Argue Their Case in the Journal of Homosexuality – Synopses of several articles published in 1990, all supporting tolerance for “Male Intergenerational Intimacy.” (1990)
Now DMOZ does also list what it blandly calls “Opposing Views”, but
The DMOZ pro-pedophilia category currently has 42 listings as of today.
The DMOZ anti-pedophilia category has 22 listings as of today.
That’s it? DMOZ Adult editors can find 42 sites worthy of being listed, endorsed, promoted by the “Open Directory” which are pro-pedophilia, but they can only find 22 “opposing views” sites worthy of mention?
Something is terribly wrong with this picture.
There is some potentially good news in another post at Threadwatch noting that Google is being criticized for listing such sites, although it isn’t yet clear whether this refers to Google’s Directory, which is a DMOZ feed. Google’s influence could be considerable here, not only because they are still the biggest and most influential internet search engine but also because they have recently negotiated to purchase a financial interest in AOL, the owners of the DMOZ Directory.
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