The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure is now being sold on Amazon’s Kindle store.
Yes, that is an actual book. And yes, this is actually happening.
The author goes by the name of “Phillip R. Greaves, 2nd.” He/she has three other books in the Kindle store: A Government of Service to All, The Grand Delusion, and the beautifully named Our Gardens of Flesh.
The book’s synopsis (barely) reads:
This is my attempt to make pedophile situations safer for those juveniles that find themselves involved in them, by establishing certian rules for these adults to follow. 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 liter [sic] sentences should they ever be caught.
While this Greaves character is either a deeply disturbed human being or the owner of the worst sense of humor of all time, that’s not the point. Based on that summary, his book aims to teach the reader how to engage in pedophilia. And that’s not OK.
181 people have commented, nearly all asking for the book to be removed. But Amazon has been in this position before, and they didn’t budge. According to a statement, supposedly received by a commenter at Business Insider, Amazon issued the following:
As a retailer, our goal is to provide customers with the broadest selection possible so they can find, discover, and buy any item they might be seeking. That selection includes some items which many people may find objectionable. Therefore, the items offered on our website represent a wide spectrum of opinions on a variety of topics.
Let me assure you that Amazon.com does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts; we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions.
Amazon.com believes it is censorship not to sell certain titles because we believe their message is objectionable. Therefore, we’ll continue to make controversial works available in the United States and everywhere else, except where they’re prohibited by law. We also allow readers, authors, and publishers to express their views freely about these titles and other products we offer on our website. However, Amazon.com doesn’t endorse opinions expressed by individual authors, musical artists, or filmmakers.
But wouldn’t this be the time to make an exception? Amazon is a private company that can decide what books it sells. They’re under no obligation to sell this book. Yet they do. We understand wanting to promote “free speech,” but not when it’s unnecessarily condoning the exploitation of underage children. Whether or not Amazon likes to admit it, that’s what they’re really promoting.
What do you think? Should Amazon pull the book? Or do you agree with the statement? Let us know in the comments.