In Belgium (?) they voted on legalizing sex between men and boys. In Japan high school girls make money selling sex. Even here the comment was that it was odd but the kid was fine. The kid wasn't fine, unless one considers what it would be like to have it done to them, by a 17-foot giant. That's what the child experiences, and he has to depend for survival on this 17-foot giant. It's crazy making and rage making beyond belief. I stand by what I said, it is absolutely rampant around the world, which is to say, most other countries. In many it's out and out business as usual. Unfortunately, it happens here too, but at least here people go to jail for it. I'd go so far as to say it underlies the rage of terrorists, that and treating women as non-entities. The non-entities turn around and raise the children, who are rejected by the men. That's why the religion steps so powerfully, because there's nothing left. And nobody even understands what I'm talking about. ----- Original Message ----- From: Judith Evans To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: 10/28/2006 8:46:14 PM Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: [SPAM] Soap Opera Politics You wrote > Here in the U.S. we know it's a crime, but in other > countries it's business as usual OK so now you say when you contrasted the US to other countries you meant >Bangkok (an "other country" yes?). Bangkok is *in* another country, but I'll let that pass. Your "the US... other countries" implies that the US as opposed to other countries considers it a crime. In fact, we see, you mean "some" other countries, well, be more careful. (More careful not to imply that the US is exceptional.) Try saying "but there are countries where it is business as usual".