Spotted in Mike Sugimoto's blog - a 15-year-old near Pittsburgh is being charged with sexual abuse of children, possession of child pornography, and dissemination of child pornography, for distributing photos of herself "in various states of undress and performing a variety of sexual acts". I wonder how wide a "variety of sexual acts" is actually possible given that she was the only person in the pictures, and here was me thinking the term "self-abuse" had fallen out of fashion in the middle of last century, but those are minor issues.
We should not be surprised by this story because it's perfectly rational: if possession or distribution of child pornography is a crime, it's bad, and anyone who does it has to be punished, mmmkay? Since the prohibition of child pornography is claimed to be justified on the grounds that the mere existence of this material is a threat to society, then it doesn't matter where the material came from or whether any actual abuse was committed in its creation - it has to be banned regardless of source. The "sexual abuse of children" charge sounds questionable because one can't ordinarily commit a punishable crime against oneself, but I don't see how they could fail to enforce the other two and stay consistent with the rest of the regulatory regime.
["Child" charged for "child porn" - of self]