Yeah, because real-life societies of millions of people don’t work like Star Trek races, but boy do creepy dudes Online really want them to.
Most of what I could say on this topic has already been said here, which puts me a bit at-ease because I can’t think of another forum where opening this can of worms would be anything but nightmarish. Still, I’ll add what I can.
Culture is never, ever a good defense for anything approaching objectively immoral. The fact that that sentence would garner a response of “but morality is relative!” without consideration of context is a cultural problem unto itself that intersects with many others across hundreds of groups of people and modes of thought, but that philosophical platitude is especially loved by the West’s (somewhat newfound) intellectually popular obsession with nihilism-as-excuse.
@goblin’s post on American issues is pretty on-point, but it’s almost optimistic compared to my read on the situation. [CW: child exploitation] Most western porn sites (including basic shit like pornhub) openly host child porn, as long as it’s “fictional” (i.e, drawn pictures or animations). Amateur animators/artists are a real coinflip these days, and many of them still associate with known terrible people (i.e, shadman, who was literally arrested for possession of CP). Reddit was founded on CP: r/jailbait existed for many years and the site’s admins gave literal physical trophies to the subreddit’s moderators. Law enforcement is so ill-equipped and uncaring for any of this happening online that it took years for them to even tell Reddit to take that one subreddit down with a slap on the wrist.
Westerners gladly appeal to the sexual cultural problems of Japan because they were already looking for some way to cloak, normalize and justify their already-developing habits. Just like the West, though, there’s undoubtedly whole bodies of radical progressive philosophy and thought made to push back against these issues.
Here’s the thing: Do progressive authors over here just decide to go to (or find a constant communication line to) Japan when they see them glorifying American culture to fill people in on the complex web of progressive thought specifically surrounding America? If any do, then it’s a very small minority that likely goes unheard.
It’s the same vice-versa, we neither import the works of nor have many progressive Japanese natives over here to tell us their critique of their own culture, or when we do it’s merely a niche-within-a-niche. So we’re left with what the market determines is most importable. Pedophiles saw a gap in Japanese laws & standards they could use to normalize their ideology in the West, so they became a huge influence on the subculture of anime fandom and what is chosen for import.
The intersection of progressive thought across cultures is hard to establish because it’s so tied to esoteric language and there’s so much that can be lost in translation. The language of sexual objectification is universal, though, so it’s been far easier for scumbag bullshit to take a foothold and be reinforced with spoken Woke garbage.