4. Other topics
Legal developments in the European Union
The meeting also discussed legal developments in the European Union, especially in Germany. Concerns were raised over a bill in Germany which, if enacted, will firstly filter child pornography, but which civil libertarians fear, could be used to block any other websites which offend the German state.
We then discussed an EU proposal to criminalise "the providers of paedophile chat rooms and fora". The language of the proposal is dubious, hence a discussion about various possible interpretations.
Circumcision of boys
The meeting had no papers on this topic. The discussion focused on the question whether anybody should be allowed to cut a boy without a valid medical reason. It seems to the members to be an act of violence, forced upon a child who canít decide for himself, for entrenched traditional reasons which are no longer valid, if they indeed they ever were valid. Opposing opinion said that circumcision in the societies where it is normal practice is no big deal, and most men do not feel mutilated.
Self criticism, organizational matters
Due to its status as a non-public workgroup, Ipce needs to ask what purpose it serves. What is our cause, and what should it be? In what way are our activities bettering our cause? What can be done to improve this work?
See our Mission Statement. Note that Ipce is neither an action group
nor a political movement. Ipce informs people.
After discussion the meeting feels that by enabling young people with paedophile feelings to accept themselves, we will be able to win their support in the continuing work of Ipce.
The American group Reform Sex Offender Laws
There was a discussion regarding the American group Reform
Sex Offender Laws.
There was advocated that we do
discreetly influence this kind of group and help them with their (hardly
radical) preliminary aims. This will help us achieve these (undoubtedly
preliminary, and thus important) goals, and influence other movements
towards a position that assesses underpinning factors and challenges
laws against sex acts.
An argument contra a connection with
RSO, written before the meeting is: RSO
Activism is very good for whom it concerns, but the Ipce membership does
neither consist of registered sex offenders, nor identifies itself with
sex offenders anyway. Let each organization take its own stand.