The situation in South Korea is unfortunate but by no means inevitable in the West. we think South Korea is free because K-pop is so cheery and colorful, but the average Korean lives under more draconian laws than the US has known in our lifetimes. and even the K-pop stars are basically sweatshop employees. There's a deep misery lurking under the surface.
That's not to say it couldn't happen, though. If it does, it'll be because pedophilia is so frightening to people that, like with terrorism, voters will gladly give up their rights to stop it. And the US already puts kids on the sex offender list for sending nude photos to each other with their phones, whilst Catholic priests diddle their congregations with impunity.
we kind of need to be clear on something: the subset of people who possess artistic depictions of children, is so much larger than the subset of people who possess recorded images of child exploitation. Maybe not harmless, but truly free expression isn't harmless either. fuck, free speech caused the fascist uprising the US is living through today, and even the most lefty socialists I can find aren't even considering that shutting down Fox News might be an option.
hell, if you want to be cynical about it, the US thinks guns are more important than children's safety, so it'll be easy to sell that art is more important than children's safety. 1A comes before 2A.
and if you're jerking off to Lisa Simpson, then the shape you're being conditioned into arousal for is not really that close to a human being. simpsons 34 is doing us a great service