The recent past can be a strange country and the recent past in other countries, even those we'd regard as neighbours can be very strange indeed. The 1960s was a lazy, crazy decade and while many old protocols were rightfully overturned, in the opinion of this writer, some of the changes wrought as a result of those ten years tended far too much towards the if-it-feels-good-it's-good outlook. And of all of these, surely Denmark's decision in 1969 to legalise pornography ranks amongst the craziest.
At first glance, the measure might not seem so objectionable. Pornography is widely available now but the Danish measure meant that it was perfectly legal to possess and to sell for profit images of children being raped. For 10 years of madness, Denmark became a centre for the sourcing and distribution of paedophilic images and magazines and it very quickly turned into an extraordinarily lucrative business.
The ban was reintroduced in 1979 but by then, numerous Danish "entrepreneurs" had become enormously wealthy as a result. Was Marcellus's comment in Hamlet about "the state of Denmark" ever more apt?
Danes First to Legalise Child Pornography - Sunday Business Post