By Peter J. Smith
BERLIN, August 25, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Germany has accepted child-pornography in its mainstream culture, and even celebrates it as Deutsche-Welle, a German media source, reveals today in its culture and lifestyle section.
In a column entitled “Germany’s Teen Sex Doctor”, Deutsche-Welle unabashedly reports, “Generations of confused German teenagers have turned to Dr. Sommer for honesty—and explicit photos.”
The column continues, “Sandra, 16, looks up coyly from the pages of Bravo, wearing a black choker and nothing else. Boyfriend Elias, 18, grins from the opposite page, also in his natural state.
“‘Tell me, why do you love each other?’ reads the headline. And the young couple tells why—and exactly how.”
The news source goes on to report that “Each weekly issue of Bravo now features photos of two teenagers, generally between 16 and 20, in the nude, with interviews about their bodies and experiences.”
A news caption reads, “Nude pictures are intended to reassure nervous teens.”
Deutsch-Welle says, “Sell this in America, and risk prison time for child pornography” adding, “But in Germany, this is nothing tawdry. It’s the country’s most popular teenage magazine, and it turns 50 on Saturday.”
The upcoming 50th anniversary of Bravo, a German magazine, includes the celebration of a regular pornographic sex-column by “Dr. Sommer”. Deutsch-Welle mentions, “A German institution since 1969, Dr. Sommer combines no-holds-barred sex advice with full-frontal photos.”
“It is not pornography,” says Bravo’s deputy editor, Alex Gernandt according to Deutsch-Welle. “It deals with naked people, but in a very sensitive way. We try to portray young people to tell readers, ‘You are not too fat, not too thin. You are OK the way you are.”
“Bravo’s Web site even features explicit petting and positions photo galleries that wouldn’t last a day in other countries,” reveals Deutsch-Welle, quite aware that most civilized nations consider child-pornography a crime against children.
The media source reports that those under 18, like Sandra, are required to have parental permission before they pose completely nude for a price of 400 euros (more than 500 USD) and lost dignity.
Bravo’s current “Dr. Sommer” for the past three years, Eveline von Arx, told Deutsch-Welle that back in 1969 it was “spectacular to do something like that,” however she added “It’s not that spectacular anymore. People are used to it. Everybody knows it.”