Amazon removes controversial handbook from virtual shelves
By Maya Malkin
An electronic book that was recently released on Amazon for $4.79 titled, A Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-Lover’s Code of Conduct has been taken down from the Kindle store by Amazon due to public outrage and boycott threats.
At first Amazon defended the work, saying that it “believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable,” The San Franciso Gate reported. Due to coverage of the book, it sky rocketed onto the best sellers list, but was then removed by Amazon.
The book, written by Philip R. Greaves II, has suffered a lot of controversy, debating whether Greaves was trying to promote sympathy for pedophiles and the people who deal with the illness, or whether it was more a guide and tips on how to have intercourse with children and not get caught. From online forums, and the opinions of the people who purchased the book, it seems the answer is leaning towards a little bit of both, but the main focus being the latter.
Excerpts from the book can be found online. “When precautions are needed, however, standard condoms go a long way. Unfortunately, they are much too big to fit boys younger than thirteen. Luckily, there is a product that is identical to the adult condom, in almost every way, which will do the trick. Latex, finger coits, intended to protect finger cuts from becoming infected, can provide the same level of protection as the adult latex sheath. They come in three sizes, small, medium and large, one of which is sure to fit any child under thirteen,” an excerpt from the novel that was posted on an online forum states.
Another one says, “Pin up pictures of clothed juveniles in your bedroom (the cops may arrest you if any of these pictures show underage children nude), and use them as masturbation material. Also include (in your fantasies, not on your walls) any children you have actually been with, in the past.”
Greaves, who lives in Pueblo, Colorado, is being monitored by the police for signs of child molestation and also because he has been receiving death threats. According to NBC News, he states that before Nov. 10 the book had only sold one copy. It was after the controversy started that the book started selling.
“This is my attempt to make pedophile situations safer…” Greaves said, PCMag reported. “I hope to achieve this by appealing to the better nature of pedosexuals, with hope that their doing so will result in less hatred and perhaps lighter sentences should they ever be caught.”
“Companies need to be held accountable for the products they sell. They should be obligated to review each item before posting it on their site. In this day of social media, Amazon‘s well-crafted press release is nowhere near satisfactory,” Consuelo Bernardi, of the Ottawa Citizen, said. “This is not about a message in the book that I don’t agree with — it’s not a debate in ideology or historical perspectives. This wasn’t a book of imagined fiction — it is a how-to-guide for pedophiles.”