Retail giant Amazon stopped selling The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure last week, but as late as Friday the company was continuing to offer other books promoting child molestation. As Paula noted in her most recent post on the subject, “Phillip Greaves, the author of The Pedophile’s Guide, has other books for sale on Amazon, including Our Gardens of Flesh: From the seeds of lust to the harvest of love, which looks to be equally repulsive. There’s also Understanding Loved Boys and Boylovers, a 2002 paperback which seems to promote pedophilia and prompted earlier calls for a boycott.”
As of this writing, all of the aforementioned books have been pulled from Amazon’s site. However, that’s not the end of the story for Pedophile’s Guide author Greaves, who is undergoing investigation by Colorado police. Officials believe Greaves has never committed an act of child molestation, but the suspect’s thoughts on the subject are disturbing nonetheless. Greaves told police he wrote his Pedophile’s Guide “to establish guidelines so that people would behave in a manner that is non-injurious to each other, for one, and, for two, to communicate the fact that these people who are so different in maturation, etc., that when they develop relationships, they use certain principles that regular people, adults, would be well to attend,” ABC News reports.
Greaves claims he’s not encouraging adults to engage in relationships with children, but he did point to Mary Kay Letourneau, the Washington state teacher who at age 34 had an affair with a 12-year-old student, as evidence that it is possible “to have a loving, sexual relationship with a child.” Greaves admits to having a bit of a troubled sexual history himself, saying, “The only personal perspective (the Pedophile’s Guide) was written from was that I was introduced to sex at the age of 7 by a 10-year-old girl. It was oral sex. And I carried on through that, having that kind of sex with children until I was about 15. … And everybody involved enjoyed it.”
Threats of a boycott have clearly been effective in getting Amazon to remove these offensive works, but as Audrey Holden, a mother who co-founded a Facebook group supporting the boycott, says, “Unless they come out and make a statement explaining the contradictions, it’s only a half-victory.” Amazon has yet to make a public statement concerning the sale of this objectionable content, and has instead simply removed the offending material from their site without any fanfare. Concerned parents, on the other hand, have been making lots of noise about their displeasure with Amazon, including posting on various Facebook groups that if a patron chooses to close their Amazon account, Amazon is telling them they can “NEVER have another one.” Parents were also told “that accounts with retailers selling through them, such as Target, would also be closed.” One mother wrote, “Do you REALLY want to lose your on line shopping privileges with these retailers, I was asked? Yep, sure do, was my response.”
Amazon’s stock fell over 3% today, which according to Reuters is due to concerns about rivals’ free shipping. I’m not so convinced. I sense that the company will continue to be embattled unless and until they make some kind of public statement about their decision to sell, and then remove, such reprehensible texts.