There can be no defence of it, in any context.
My long-held view:
“Possession of child pornography, whether the product of a camera or one’s imagination, does two terrible things. First, it legitimizes the sexualization of children. Decades of expert analysis shows that child pornography more than occasionally prompts pedophiles to attack children.
Secondly, as any student of capitalism will know, the desire to possess something inevitably creates a market. In this terrible case, the product of Robin Sharpe’s dark imagination creates an actual market for his ilk to violate, and destroy, those children Justice Southin referred to – the ones found on the dirty back streets of Brazil.”
That said, I’ll be fascinated to see who condemns Flanagan tomorrow. Particularly the ones who have previously published, say, this guy.