Every so often, society gets its knickers in a twist and indulges in an orgy of moral panic.
Hence the current Bill Henson mess.
Here’s what I reckon we should do.
If you have ever taken photos of kids in the bath or on the beach, shot a snap of your kids innocently vamping it up in an age-inappropriate costume or watched Blue Water High without wondering why the national broadcaster has made a show about buff teenagers in bikinis, take yourself to the nearest police station and demand to be charged with whatever it is one can be charged with for putting kids in a context where it might be possible for someone to imagine that you were potentially contemplating sex.
I suggest you turn yourself in because if you have done any of these things you are, quite obviously, a step away from the kind of depravity that our child protection laws are actually designed to prevent.
So turn yourself in and let’s see what happens when the courts have a few hundred of these absurd cases to deal with.
Maybe that will make the point that edgy, disturbing, art is nowhere near as dangerous as closed minds.