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I may be a huge comic book fan, and this is not to trash any fans out there, but I really despise Manga. I depise the following they have, yet my precious Daredevil, Spider Man and Iron Man get labeled as "kid's stuff" or "geeky".
What I really hate is how a majority of manga depicts woman- tiny waisted, big eyes, pig tails and a school uniform. Seems like a wet dream on paper.
(Side note- I was working on a lecture about female comic book characters for a Gender Conference. In my research, I was working at a popular video specialty chain. We had female regular customers that bought manga. When I asked them, why they didn't buy, say Wonder Woman, I was told by all 3 of them on seperate days, that America Comics exploit woman. *eye roll*)
But, since Manga is a cousin to my world, I will gladly step in when shite hits the fan.
I just read this article over on the Comic Book Legal Defense Website (http://www.cbldf.org/index.shtml )
Yes. for owning Manga.
The Federal Government states that under the PROTECT Act of 2003 that the manga that handly owns falls under the obscene statue ( PROTECT Act (18 U.S.C. Section 1466A) )
- Prohibits computer-generated child pornography when "(B) such visual depiction is a computer image or computer-generated image that is, or appears virtually indistinguishable from that of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct; (as amended by 1466A for Section 2256(8)(B) of title 18, United States Code).
- Prohibits drawings, sculptures, and pictures of such drawings and sculptures depicting minors in actions or situations that meet the Miller test of being obscene, OR are engaged in sex acts that are deemed to meet the same obscene condition. The law does not state that images of fictional beings who appear to be under 18 engaged in sexual acts that are not deemed to be obscene are rendered illegal in and of their own condition (illustration of sex of fictional minors).
- Maximum sentence of 5 years for possession, 10 years for distribution.
- Authorizes fines and/or imprisonment for up to 30 years for U.S. citizens or residents who engage in illicit sexual conduct abroad.
Wait.. according to this, the max sentece is 10 years... what gives?
Well according the the article at CBLDF.org (http://www.cbldf.org/pr/archives/000372.shtml)
Ok. No problem there. Heck, I order japanese version of american comics occasionally myself (They are fun to look at!)
"That package was intercepted by the Postal Inspector, who applied for a search warrant after determining that the package contained cartoon images of objectionable content."
Not knowing that his stuff was inspected, Handly went home to be greeted by :
"agents from the Postal Inspector's office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, Special Agents from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and officers from the Glenwood Police Department"
Fun way to come home huh? They took over 1k of comics and manga for 7 that were deemed obscene material by the post master?!?!
There was a reason why I mentioned by hatred of how female characters are depicted in manga. A lot of the character are suppose to be in the older side of teens, if not earlier 20's etc. However, how a lot of the characters are drawn (particularly girls) look much much younger.
Here is a great example (see picture)
I understand that the PROTECT act is suppose to keep child predators from doing more damage then what they have already done to little kids- I am all for that. While the material still has to have the Miller test applied to it (to be offically obscene material), I am concerned for Handly.
1. I would like to know how the general was told that there was obscene material in said package.
2. I hope that the judge takes into consideration the art form in general. Manga is drastically different than what most mainstream people think of "comic books". All manga have a few sharing elements: Big eyes, long legs etc. It is not a "realistic" protrayal of the human body as done in American comic books.
3.I also hope that the judge takes in the culture differences of the the medium.
4. More importantly, I hope to god that the judge presiding over this does not have the "comic books are for kids" mentality that a majority of mainstream society has.
If you are offended by this, or any of the other obscenity law blogs I post (which you should) please support the Comic book legal defense fund as they have been constantly fighting this.