Moral Quandary. Please Assist. NSFW. Trigger Warning


Is there a fundamental difference between someone who plays Grand Theft Auto and gleefully murders virtual depictions of cops, hookers, and all manner of innocent bystanders and someone who watches hentai where an animated schoolgirl is sexually violated by a tentacle phallus?

Moral Quandary. Please Assist. NSFW. Trigger Warning


There is a an odd disparity between how we view fantasies of a sexually immoral nature and those of a homicidally immoral nature. If you play a video game where you routinely kill people immorally, there are many who will say, it is just a game, just a fantasy, and the vast majority of participants can tell the difference between it and reality. Yet, if you admit to watching the aforementioned hentai, it seems more likely that the same people would accuse you of being a pervert, possibly even verging on labeling you a pedophile.

So what is the deal here? Is there a true difference between two transgressions of moral behavior that would explain the discrepancy of reactions? Or do they both equally exist in a sequestered fantasy world where most people understand the real life version is so horrible that to imagine it actually occuring makes them want to vomit.

I'd really like to hear your opinions. What is acceptable to fantasize about? What is not? Are sexual taboos unfairly stigmatized over other taboos? Or is their something particular about them that deserves special scorn?