Allow me to break character for a moment. This isn't Karma or Nemia posting. This is Emma. Nice to meet you.LJ is now deleting journals and communities, including fanfic communities and literature discussion groups, that deal in any way with pedophilia.
I have nothing against child porn laws. I have nothing against predator baiting. In fact, I'm very much in favor of both. People who hurt children need to be hunted down and thrown in prison to rot.
But there's one big difference between child porn and fanfic smut, that difference being that the kids who appear in the latter aren't real.
Fictional characters don't need protecting. I know, I know, "–says the assassin from the PPC." But those stories don't get in the way of the Suethors't rights to write what they please; they merely indulge my right to bitch about it. Playing PPC isn't really persectution for the same reason that Snape/Hermione smut isn't really kiddie porn: it's just pretend.
Look, I don't like
pedophiliac fanfiction. I don't read it, I don't write it, I would be perfectly content if it disappeared from the face of the Earth. But I cannot and will not condone censorship just because it's directed against people with whom I disagree.
Nor do I think that the majority of people who write those stories are actually pedophiles. In my experience, most of them are teenage girls with crushes on older men. But even if it's an adult male writing it, that doesn't necessarily mean anything. Show of hands: how many of you have ever fantasized about killing someone? Now, how many of you have ever seriously considered it? Quite a disparity there, huh?
I encourage all of you to send emails to livejournal denouncing this new policy. If you have paid accounts, I encourage you to cancel them. If you have Plus accounts, like I did, I encourage you to downgrade them to regular until this fiasco is over and some official statement has been issued. Hit them in the pockets, that's where it hurts.