I do not mean to resurrect a thread 4 years old but i wanted to read a number of opinions on pedophilia and this site came up first.
Fortunately, the opinions, whilst well, not only 4 years old but mis-guided were just what I was looking to read.
And that is of course about Pedophilia and a rational look at what it is.
There's 11 pages of posts, some subjective, some saying downright no. The downright no's intrigue me more.
For a start, before anyone classifies me, stereotypes me, or tries to determine me as an enemy to society, I am not a pedophile. I am just looking for healthy debate, hence why I have (perhaps unfortunately) resurrected this 4 year old thread.
Of course, that statement is going to be instant fail as from reading through the 11 pages of 'discussion', some posters don't think about it, they just see pedophile as the nasty word that the media has made it in their minds to be. That being children (usually girls), often <10, and rape.
What will make my query even less hm, a discussion with a healthy balance is that the media has managed to set their version of pedophilia even more firmly in peoples minds to what I mentioned above, but here goes anyway...
Pedophilia. That's roughly (gets a bit grey depending on the Country) classified to looking at girls (or further) under the age of 16.
The word pedophile to a lot of people instantly makes them respond with
"how can anyone rape a 8 year old girl/boy? That's just sick!"
And that's the understanding of the word pedophile to a lot of people, usually without even knowing the actual definition.
It's the first thought that comes to a good proportion of the population if you mention the word.
According to Freud, pedophilia is defined as a psychological disorder in which an adult experiences a sexual preference for prepubescent children.
According to the media it is something else. Also according to the media, through magazines (men's and women's), products, cosmetics, deodorant, even alcohol, more things than I can list, it is also portrayed that being younger means females have a better chance with the male species for, well sex.
So, does a man or women who likes looking at pictures of a <16 woman (assuming they are 18+) automatically have more desire to do 'something' with them compared to two genders 18+ that are bombarded with media and what they should be pursuing in the hope that they know better because they are older?
Look at the statistics in the USA of 18+ rape vs Pedophilia convictions for the last 10 years.
I am not condoning Pedophilia, heck I haven't even touched on what I wanted to bring up, but after reading 11 pages of posts here I at least want to see if some people might just be making their own judgments instead of being lead.
Again, I apologise for resurrecting a 4 year old thread, but this was the best one with posters that may have opinions I actually want to chew through after allowing readers to think before they post