|Alison Georgia Rapp|
April 2nd, 1989|
Hennepin County, MN
Alison Rapp is a disgraced former product marketing specialist for Nintendo. She rose to infamy in late February 2016 when people discovered her thesis paper written for Augsburg College advocating the legalization of child pornography. There was notable public outrage over her position. Alison's opponents claimed that a child pornography advocate should not work in a toy company. Alison's allies contended that her personal beliefs should not matter, and that this was merely a coordinated GamerGate attack to remove a woman from the video games industry. Members of GamerGate denied the outrage stemmed from them, but her employment was terminated regardless on March 30th, 2016. Nintendo's official reason for letting her go cited her moonlighting as a model on the side, not the opinion on child pornography.
On April 10th, 2016, users on the Kiwi Farms broke the story that her moonlighting was actually career prostitution. Many nude photos of her surfaced from her Maria Mint website offering her services. Alison later took down the site after the story broke.
The controversy over Alison Rapp and her career appears to have started with a Medium article explaining her connection to child pornography advocacy. From there, many other outlets took the news, while other outlets such as Kotaku defended it. As the event came to a head, Jamie Walton of the Wayne Foundation tweeted that she had reported Rapp to her supervisors and that they would take action. This triggered aggression from Alison's proponents, who claimed Walton had either been tricked by, or was an active part of, GamerGate.
After the discovery of her thesis papers, users began to comb through her Twitter history to find more information on her stance. Cautious observers were wary of exaggerated truth; they did not want to fall victim to an outrage machine that was overblown. A collection of widely-circulated Tweets surfaced with incriminating quotes that illuminated the depth of her stance.
- She defends the possession of child pornography and the pedophiles who possess it.
- She defends actual photography and video of abused children, not just illustrations like lolicon or shotacon.
- She supports the idea of child sexual agency, including lowering the age of consent. She frequently cites the Japanese age of consent, which is 13.
There is no evidence that Alison Rapp is a pedophile herself.
Her thesis paper, titled Speech We Hate: An Argument for the Cessation of Internation Pressure on Japan to Strengthen Its Anti-Child Pornography Laws, covers a wide range of issues regarding child pornography laws around the world. It focuses primarily on the United Nations's attempts at forcing Japan to legislate and enforce stricter stances on child pornography possession and trade. It was found on her public LinkedIn profile.
I side with the camp that argues not only for less strict legislation against the simple possession of child pornography (the creation and dissemination of child pornography depicting real children is a whole other matter entirely), but also for the abatement of the pressure put on Japan for its "lax" and rarely enforced laws. Clearly, shaming Japanese politicians like Keiji Goto in Japan's National Police Agency, or allowing Western media to trivialize Japan's positions on child pornography as being blatantly and perversely anti-child, will ameliorate the conditions of children all over the world—not in Japan, not in Eastern Europe, not in Africa, and not in the United States or Western Europe. The conditions that encourage child abuse, child prostitution, and child trafficking, likely have little, if nothing, to do with people possessing even a morally questionable type of media. Instead of directing its efforts at wiping out child pornography (especially child pornography depicting fictional children, being that there is almost no proof that real children are ever harmed in the creation, distribution, or possession of it), nations like the United States should be focused on improving domestic healthcare options, educational opportunities, job markets, and other social, political, and economic solutions that quantifiably help keep children (and adults at-risk) out of illegal and damaging exploitative situations. Japan has already this; and, being that Japan has signed the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of the Child, and has a much lower rate of child abuse than many Western states, I believe it is time for the United States and other countries to learn from their Eastern neighbor: Censoring media, however questionable, does not solve societal ills.
Clearly, further research on the effects of child pornography should be conducted. I believe George Gerbner's Cultivation Theory, which as previously explained, states that people who watch violent television are simply more apt to believe that the world is violent, not that they should commit acts of violence, is a theory that may be expanded to include media such as child pornography. It is also important to devise some way that nations may control the reach of child trafficking and child prostitution without infringing on the rights of nations to censor, or not censor, domestic media—and the solutions must be international in scale. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Child, especially the Second Optional Protocol, was plainly a step in ther ight direction, but was not a bull's-eye soluton, and clearly encourages naitons to judge others that do not strictly legislate against child pornography. Future conventions, and other international agreements, should seek to ameliorate the living conditions of children all over the world, and transnationally, while remaining respectufl and tolerant of the domestic laws of signatories. Furthermore, Western media outlets reporting o child pornography research and alws should do more to recognize the compelxity of the media and the debates regarding its creation, distribution, and possession. Child pornography is not the cause of societal issues regarding children, and its total eradication should not be considered a solution to these ills. It is a red herring issue, and both politicians and the media would do well to recognize it as such.
— Alison Rapp, Speech We Hate: An Argument for the Cessation of Internation Pressure on Japan to Strengthen Its Anti-Child Pornography Laws
Alison Rapp worked for Nintendo as a Product Marketing Specialist from August 2013 to March 2016. According to her LinkedIn profile, she was the product marketing lead on several games such as Bayonetta 2 and Yoshi's New Island, and also a product marketing back-up on other several games such as Super Mario Maker and Tomodachi Life. She was also part of the Treehouse staff at the Nintendo of America.
Alison Rapp worked alongside her Nintendo career as a call girl. Her prostitute name was Maria Mint, and her call girl website was located at mariamint.com. This is what allowed Nintendo to formally terminate her contract, and she excused herself from responsibility by claiming she needed the extra money to pay off student loans.
These photos were published on her official Maria Mint website advertising Alison Rapp's sexual services before it was taken down.