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Swedish newspaper reported for child porn

Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN.se) and state broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT) have been reported to the police for publishing child porn in the form of manga cartoons, prohibited under Swedish law.

Swedish newspaper reported for child porn

The report was submitted by a Stockholm man together with examples of the cartoons published on DN.se and SVT.se depicting two men having sex in the background, and one of an obviously under-age girl exposing herself to an older man who becomes so turned on that he suffers a nose bleed.

Dagens Nyheter editor-in-chief Gunilla Herlitz on Wednesday responded to the report by arguing that there were “no grounds for a police report”.

“It was explained quite thoroughly in the article that there were no children in the pictures,” she said.

Herlitz explained the publication of the pictures in the context of a discussion over the classification of cartoons as pornography after the conviction of a well-known Swedish translator of manga comics for possession of drawings depicting children engaged in sexual acts.

“This article was an attempt to explain how the guilty ruling had come about, as it had received a great deal of criticism.”

Among the critics of current Swedish legislation cover child pornography which classifies cartoons as pornography, are the Pirate Party.

The Local reported last week that Pirate Party chairperson Rick Falkvinge had been forced to retract comments in a radio interview taken to mean that the party advocated the legalization of the possession of child pornography.

While the party later distanced itself from the comments, vice-chairperson Anna Troberg told The Local that the Pirate Party wants to see legal resources directed at tackling “real child pornography” and to stop making criminals of large numbers of other innocent people.

“The current law is wasting resources chasing pretend criminals and should be focusing on real child pornography, with real children involved, not manga comics, holiday pictures and so on,” she said.

The current law on child pornography was passed in 1999 and was last updated as late as July 1st 2010 to cover “systematically viewing”. The law covers even drawings of fictional characters and according to Herlitz is only now being tested in the courts.

“Where does the line go for when a drawing can lead to a charge for child pornography? It is not crystal clear in any way. Now the ruling against the translator has been appealed and will go to a higher court, this is the interesting aspect of this story,” Gunilla Herlitz said.

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Tentacle fetishist to bring back ‘Swedish sin’

Swedish fetish pin-up Calamity Amelie is on a mission to ensure adult entertainment actors are properly paid, to put Sweden back on the industry map with the help of rubber tentacles, and wants women to be valued for more than their looks.

Tentacle fetishist to bring back 'Swedish sin'

The Stockholm-based performer, who has been working as a fetish model since she was 17, is seeking funding to make a tentacle erotica film. So far, she has raised almost half of the $2,000 required to get the project off the ground. The need to pay actors properly comes after four years of research about online content.

“Things have drastically changed with all the free stuff on the internet. Sweden’s industry scene is pretty much gone now,” Amelie told The Local.

IN PICTURES: Swedish pin-up star Calamity Amelie’s fetish glamour model pictures

To combat this, Amelie has dared to seek thousands of dollars to produce new films in her Swedish Sin project. Her first task is a tentacle flick, which has sci-fi elements and draws inspiration from Japan. Along with paying the actors well, Amelie will use the money to make giant rubber tentacles that will feature in the film.

She said working as a model in a narrow genre, where she has been intimately involved in everything from make-up to prop making, has made her appreciate aesthetics, but also helped her draw a line in the sand between her work and her private life.

“People might expect you to be stupid, shallow and easy to get into bed,” she said. “They might see you as a trophy… (but) I know I am so much more than just a hot girl in a photo.”

“It’s kind of an oxymoron to be a model and say this, but society needs to stop valuing women’s looks as their best asset,” she added. “To understand the difference between a posed photography with different light settings and post-production, and my everyday self, and to be absolutely comfortable with my everyday self feels great.”

While her family, to whom she said she is not close, at times expressed concern about her chosen career, she said that among her colleagues the most hostile feedback comes from other women.

“I have friends who are big names in the industry in Los Angeles, and it’s really sad when they show me how much hate they get from other women,” she said, adding that her colleagues are accused of everything from being disgraceful to lacking in female solidarity. They are also labelled as “self-destructive little girls”, which Amelie considers to be belittling.

“I think that’s really sad, and I believe in supporting each other in whatever active choices we make as adults,” she said.

Amelia, who considers herself a feminist, has long pondered how to label adult entertainment videos feminist. Is any pornography feminist if it is created by women? Or is it content that must be put under the feminist loupe?

SEE ALSO: A list of The Local’s past Swedes of the Week

“Is it created by or for women? Does it go against the mainstream norm and if so, in what way? What’s the motive? Is everyone participating mentally well?” she said. “These are questions that might be feminist matters, but it’s also a question of personal taste. I don’t view mainstream content as the main problem, but rather the lack of alternatives.”

As an aesthete, she is also concerned about the lack of artistry in much production, but as in regards to feminism, it’s a certain kind of “female gaze” that she feels is lacking.

“Since mainstream pornography is targeting heterosexual men, you never get to see men portrayed the same way as women,” Amelie said.

And while Sweden in the sixties and seventies was considered a beacon of female sexual liberation, Amelia thinks Sweden has become more conservative.

“I think liberal and conservative influences go back and forth between decades, but like most countries Sweden is also influenced by the USA. We have a strong feminist movement to be proud of here, but all different kinds of feminists don’t share the same views about sexual open-mindedness,” she said.

“I, as a feminist, believe our industry can be a positive thing, while more conservative feminists believe the opposite. I assume the attitude to pornography and understanding sexual minorities hasn’t been a priority subject for the feminist movement here, which is why we haven’t caught up on the subject.”

Patrick Reilly

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Editor’s Note: The Local’s Swede of the Week is someone in the news who – for good or ill – has revealed something interesting about the country. Being selected as Swede of the Week is not necessarily an endorsement.

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