Though I’m sure pedophiles do not need a “how to,” Amazon.com, the world’s largest book and miscellany retailer has made it easy to get around laws against pedophilia. As a mother and a super-savvy online buyer, I have decided to boycott Amazon.com. I even regret buying hundreds of dollars of merchandise there in the past.
Phillip R. Graves is not a stranger to writing erotic and widely-considered disgusting material. In fact, he has numerous other books, all self-published, for sale on Amazon.com. Amazon is also not a stranger when it comes to books of this sort. In 2002, Amazon found itself in another hot water case dealing with pedophilia-related material.
The description of Graves’s book, the exact title “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure” is just as harrowing as the title. “This is my attempt to make pedophile situations safer for those juveniles that find themselves involved in them, by establishing certain 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 sentences should they ever be caught,” says Graves. Should they ever be caught, key words. This book is, essentially, a how-to guide in the course of fondling children. As opposed to the fictional works “Lolita” and works by the Marquis de Sade (which I do not support on personal terms, but agree they should be available for literary reasons), this man is no scholar. He is just a simple pervert trying to appeal to “his kind.”
Why would Amazon allow such publications on their website? “Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable. Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts, however, we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions,” they say. I hope Amazon takes heed from this statement, as I am certain many will make different “purchasing decisions” in the upcoming holiday months.