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The childlove movement is a social movement that seeks societal acceptance of the romantic or sexual attraction to children by adults; it also frequently includes a desire for the social acceptance of sexual relations between them (see pedophilia). The movement seeks to eliminate legal and social obstacles to pedophilic activity, such as legislation criminalizing adult-child sexual activity; the classification of pedophilia as a mental illness; the public perceptions of pedophilia; and the use of the term "pedophilia" over the lesser-known terms childlove and childlover. From 1815, Britain after victory in the Napoleonic Wars entered a period of social upheaval aformed from 1905 as pressure for reform continued, resulting in the collapse of the Russian State at the end of the First World War. ... A male toddler A child (plural: children) is a young human. ... The term adult describes any mature organism, but normally it refers to a human: one that is no longer a child / minor and is now either a man or a woman. ... Pedophilia (American English), or pædophilia/paedophilia (Commonwealth English), is the paraphilia of being sexually attracted primarily or exclusively to prepubescent children. ... Legislation refers to the process of enacting statutory laws, or to the set of statutory laws in a state. ... The Scream, the famous painting commonly thought of as depicting the experience of mental illness. ... Public opinion is the aggregate of individual attitudes or beliefs held by the adult population. ... A childlover is a pedophile or ephebophile who asserts that their attraction to prepubescent children or adolescents is not solely sexual (though the term may also encompass people not primarily attracted to children, or those who claim that their attraction is nonsexual). ...


The movement is quite controversial, and has been met with intense opposition. While some in the field of psychology have proposed declassifying pedophilia as a mental illness, the greater medical and scientific community continue to reject the movement's self-proclaimed definition of pedophilia as a sexual orientation. It has also censured the movement's claims that sexual relations between adults and children are not inherently harmful, basing their rejections on scientific evidence that reputedly demonstrates children to be cognitively and developmentally incapable of giving informed consent to any kind of sexual activity with adults. They believe all forms of adult-child sexual contact will have a more-or-less negative effect on the child's psychological development, and have defined it as a type of sexual abuse (see: Dallam, S. J. 2002). Psychology (ancient Greek: psyche = soul or mind, logos/-ology = study of) is an academic and applied field involving the study of mind and behavior. ... Sexual orientation refers to the sexual gender(s) to which a person is attracted and which form the focus of a persons amorous or erotic desires, fantasies, and spontaneous feelings, in other words the gender(s) toward which one is primarily oriented. The alternative terms sexual preference and sexual... Cognitive psychology is the psychological science which studies cognition, the mental processes that are hypothesised to underlie behavior. ... A baby thinking Developmental psychology is the scientific study of progressive psychological changes that occur in human beings as they age. ... Informed consent is a legal condition whereby a person can be said to have given consent based upon an appreciation and understanding of the facts and implications of any actions. ... Sexual abuse is a relative cultural term used to describe sexual relations and behavior between two or more parties which are considered criminally and/or morally offensive. ... 2002 (MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Brief history of the modern childlove movement

There have been varying degrees of pedophile activism since the 1970s that can be traced to the social changes that occurred during both the 1960s and 70s. Encouraged by the increased tolerance for minorities and alternative lifestyles, underground pedophile groups began to go public in an effort to garner greater social acceptance (Schuijer, 1990). Simultaneously, however, several child-protection groups were being established with the aim of warning people about the dangers of what in their eyes was simply child sexual abuse. The 1970s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1970 and 1979. ... The 1960s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ... An alternative lifestyle is a mode or style of conducting ones life that is considerably removed from the generally perceived norm. ... This article is about the year. ... The term child sexual abuse (CSA) denotes sex between prepubescent minors and adults. ...


In the 1970s, most childlove activity was centered in the Netherlands and to a lesser degree in Western Europe. Here, a number of researchers, among them Frits Bernard, Theo Sandfort, Edward Brongersma and Frans Gieles, wrote a significant number of papers on the topic, both from theoretical and practical standpoints. A number of papers were produced discussing the effects of adult-child sexual interactions. The data for these papers came mainly from pedophiles, but also from adults and young people who, as children or adolescents, had been involved in sexual relationships with adults. Western Europe is distinguished from Eastern Europe by differences of history and culture rather than by geography. ... Edward Brongersma (August 31, 1911 – April 22, 1998) was for a number of years a member of the Dutch Eerste Kamer (First Chamber or Senate), and chairman of the Eerste Kamers Judiciary Committee (1969–1977). ... Adolescence is the transitional stage of development between childhood and full adulthood (gender-specific manhood, or womanhood), representing the period of time during which a person is biologically adult but emotionally not at full maturity. ...


In the late 1970s, the center of activity briefly shifted to the United States and Britain with the 1977 formation of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) in London, and the 1978 formation of the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) in Boston. Both of these groups achieved relative notoriety in the early 1980s due to a public outcry against them. The PIE capitulated to public pressure and disbanded in 1985, however NAMBLA still exists today, though in a much abbreviated form. For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... The Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) was founded in the United Kingdom in October 1974 in order to campaign for an acceptance of paedophilia. ... Part of the London skyline viewed from the South Bank London is the most populous city in the European Union, with an estimated population on 1 January 2005 of 7. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... A NAMBLA logo. ... Boston is a town and small port c. ... The 1980s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1980 and 1989. ... This article is about the year. ...


In the 1980s, a number of other childlove advocacy groups were created. The most significant of these were MARTIJN (1982), situated in the Netherlands, and the Danish Pedophile Association (DPA) (1985). This was followed by the formation of IPCE, an umbrella organization and repository for pedophilia-related research, in the early 1990s. Of these groups, both MARTIJN and IPCE are still functioning, while the DPA decided to disband in early 2004 due to socio-political pressure and lack of support from other parties. MARTIJN is a Dutch association for the acceptance of pedophilia. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Danish Pedophile Association is a self described association of pedophiles, supporters and others interested in the social, psychological, political and law aspects of pedophilia and childrens sexuality. ... This article is about the year. ... The 1990s refers to the years 1990 to 1999; the last decade of the 20th Century, but in an economical sense The Nineties is often considered to span from the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 to the September 11 attacks in 2001. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The primary medium for childlove advocacy turned in the mid-90s to the Internet. In 1995, BoyChat, a message board for boylovers, was established. In 1997, participants on BoyChat and other online resources formed Free Spirits, an umbrella organization with the mission of raising money and providing secure Internet hosting services. The Montreal Ganymede Collective was formed in Montreal by Free Spirits members in 1998 as a forum for "boylovers" to meet in the real world. In 2000, others calling themselves "girllovers" started their own message board known as GirlChat, funded entirely from contributions. City motto: Concordia Salus (Latin: Well-being through harmony) Province Quebec Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area  - % water 500. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... This article is about the year 2000. ...


In early 2001, the first boylove broadcast media source, Sure Quality Internet Radio, was founded by Jeffrey Gold in Florida, USA. 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... State nickname: Sunshine State Official languages English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Governor Jeb Bush (R) Senators Bill Nelson (D) Mel Martinez (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 22nd 170,451 km² 17. ...


Views and strategies of childlove movement activists

In 1989, the sociologist Mary DeYoung reviewed the literature published by pedophile organizations for public dissemination. She found that pedophiles sought to make their unpopular philosophy more palatable to the public by using the following strategies.

  • Adoption of "value-neutral" terminology. According to Herdt, an anthropologist who has studied sex between adults and children in other cultures, pedophile advocates need to replace "dull and reductionistic" terms like pedophilia and abuse when discussing sex between "a person who has not achieved adulthood and one who has". Moreover, words like "child" or "childhood", which have psychologically developmental meaning, should be "resisted at all costs".
  • Redefining the term "child sexual abuse". Another recurring theme among those seeking to gain social acceptance for pedophilia is the need to redefine or restrict the usage of the term "child sexual abuse". For example, Gerald Jones (1990), an Affiliated Scholar at the Institute for the Study of Women and Men in Society at the University of Southern California, suggested that "intergenerational intimacy" should not be considered synonymous with child sexual abuse. According to her, the "crucial difference has to do with mutuality and control" (p. 278). Jones suggested, "Intergenerational attraction on the part of some adults could constitute a lifestyle 'orientation', rather than a pathological maladjustment" (p. 288). However, it is recognized that before society can come to see the potential benefits of intergenerational intimacy, the use of the term "child sexual abuse" would first have to be limited to behavior meeting a strict definition of abuse (i.e., behavior that is demonstrably harmful).
  • Promoting the idea that children can consent to sex with adults. The reconceptualization of children as willing sexual "partners" along with the decriminalization of consensual sexual relations is perhaps the key change sought by pedophile advocates. To counter developmental arguments that children cannot give informed consent, for example, David L. Riegel (2000) stated in his book Understanding Love Boys and Boylovers, "Anyone who holds to the idea that a young boy cannot give or withhold informed consent has never taken such a boy shopping for new sneakers" (p. 38). Many activists in the childlove movement, amongst them Tom O'Carroll, Frans Gieles and Lindsay Ashford, actively campaign against the idea that children are unable properly to consent to sex -- a belief held by the vast majority of people, cultures, experts in child development and legal authorities.
  • Questioning the assumption of harm. One of the greatest barriers to the decriminalization of sex between adults and children are the hundreds of studies demonstrating a consistent association between CSA and negative outcomes. Advocates of pedophilia have attempted to deal with this problem in a variety of ways. For example, they often attribute the negative outcomes on parents or professionals who seek to prevent or intervene in intergenerational relationships. Riegel (2000), for instance, asserted: "The acts themselves harm no one, the emotional and psychological harm comes from the 'after the fact' interference, counseling, therapy, etc., that attempt to artificially create a 'victim' and a 'perpetrator' where neither exists" (p. 21). Similar arguments are made by SafeHaven Foundation, an organization for "responsible boylovers". On their website, they wrote, "The child abuse industry ... takes a boy who has enjoyed pleasurable and completely consensual sexual experiences with another boy or man, and traumatizes him in an attempt to convince him that what he did was 'wrong'". In addition, SafeHaven argues that, "many of the supposed traumas elicited by psychotherapy turn out to be nothing more than the result of the False Memory Syndrome" (SafeHaven Foundation, 2001).
  • Promoting "objective" research. Those who advocate normalizing pedophilia often argue that investigators of CSA have biased views, distorted by our culture (e.g., Brongersma, 1990). As such, they frequently call for a less emotional and more non-biased approach to the subject (e.g., Geraci, 1994, p. 17; Jones, 1990). A study that is frequently cited as embodying the type of "objective" research needed is Theo Sandfort's (1987) research on boys' relationships with pedophiles, published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Sex Research. The study was considered the epitome of "objectivity" by some advocates of intergenerational sexual relationships (e.g., Brongersma, 1990, p. 168; Jones, 1990, p. 286), but critics have pointed to evidence which suggests that the study was "politically motivated to 'reform' legislation" (Mrazek, 1990, p. 318). Ethical concerns have also been expressed over the apparent lack of human subject safeguards and the fact that the boys were studied without the permission of their parents, many of whom were unaware of their child's (often illegal) relationship with the pedophile (pp. 317-18).
  • Declassification of pedophilia as mental illness. Activists reject the notion that pedophilia is a mental illness, believing that its classification as such is a political attempt to stigmatize a socially unacceptable sexual preference. Members of the movement quote Moser and Kleinplatz (2003), who suggest that all paraphilia be removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). They write that "objective", non-culturally-biased criteria for classifiying sexual behavior as abnormal is exceptionally difficult generally. For example, topless sunbathing, they note, is legal in some countries and treated as exhibitionism in others. However, in the only section of the paper dealing with pedophilia, they write that "our suggestion to remove the paraphilias, which includes pedophilia, from the DSM does not mean that sexual acts with children are not crimes. . . Any interpretation of our work as supporting adult-child sexual interactions is misguided and wrong." [1]

Members of the childlove movement seek to avoid the stigma of the term pedophile, which carries connotations of illness (Fagan, 2002), exploitation, perversion, and criminality. They promote the terms childlover, boylover and girllover to replace pedophile. The term has been popularized among pedophiles through the Internet. Lindsay Ashford in the Human Face of Pedophilia writes: Many have problems with the word pedophilia since its meaning has been so warped by society and the media. [It] has grown to take on the meaning and connotations of an evil person who lurks in parks. Many of us simply do not resemble or relate to this stereotype, so we have chosen to adopt terminology that better describes what we are. [2] Ashford says that childlove is "an emotional and spiritual attraction to young children that transcends a simply physical or sexual attraction to them." [3] There is a certain ambiguity in the term pedophile, claiming a clearer distinction should be made between people who are attracted to children and people who act on that attraction. For example, in a paper entitled Special Problems with Sexual Abuse Cases, Underwager and Wakefield write, "Although the terms are often used interchangeably, a distinction must be made between 'sex offender against a minor' [a prepubescent child] and 'pedophile.' The former refers to a criminal sexual behavior and the latter to an anomalous sexual preference". Many ephebophiles object to the term childlover since they are attracted only to adolescents, whom they consider to be physically and emotionally adults rather than children. However, those attracted to adolescents also often use the more specific terms boylover and girllover. A baby thinking Developmental psychology is the scientific study of progressive psychological changes that occur in human beings as they age. ... 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Self-professed objectives of the movement

While there is a wide range of views amongst pedophiles about the objectives of the movement, most agree on at least some of the following objectives:

  • Change public perception of pedophiles
  • Narrow the definition of child sexual abuse to exclude what they consider consensual relationships
  • Push for the decriminalization of child pornography possession (and in at least one case, limited distribution and production as well [4]).
  • Push for the abolition or revision of age of consent legislation
  • Increase awareness of medical evidence of sexual activity in young children
  • Support movements and organizations that push for increased children's rights

Similar arguments have included the following into the reasoning and purpose of the movement: The term child sexual abuse (CSA) denotes sex between prepubescent minors and adults. ... The term child pornography (sometimes referred to as kiddie porn) generally refers to pornography featuring a child; however, the precise definition of pornography and child varies by region and country. ... In criminal law, the age of consent (AOC) is the age at which a person is considered to be capable of legally giving informed consent to sexual acts with another person. ... The childrens rights movement was born in the 1800s with the orphan train. ...


I. To seek the advancement of the children's declaration of autonomy, that they may learn and experience through their own initiative. To seek the necessity for appreciation of Childlovers and the end to the prejudice and discrimination of their kind by the progressively homogenous crowd. To carry out forthcoming, responsive, and deep relationships with children who appreciate or need affectionate attention.


II. To uphold and maintain consenting and mutual relationships with children for the causes of liberation of the youth mind, and fostering the youth mind for revolution against all that seek to harm them be them society, legislatures, molesters, corporations, rapists, as well as parents. To educate, not assimilate, and cultivate appreciation for the youth perspective. To uphold and maintain the youth voice and mind on the highest.


III. To protect and nurture the growth of the child. To insist our governing body to lower the age of consent laws and allow the youth the complete freedom of expression of self. To encourage society to see the child as a whole. To assist in the proper and healthy development of youth, and the free expression thereof in harmony with the realm and personal experience of the youth. To love the whole child.


Those who advocate the legalization of sexual contacts with children claim that the inequality in the relationship is not, by necessity, a negative thing. In Pedophilia: The Radical Case, Tom O'Carroll writes: Tom OCarroll is a British writer and controversial activist for pedophilia and the childlove movement, being one of the founding members of the now defunct Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE). ...

The disparity in size and power between parent and child creates a potential for abuse. But, on the basis that parent–child relationships are generally positive we accept that inequality is simply in the nature of the thing. I would like to see paedophilic relationships looked at in a similar light. [5]

Some pedophiles also say that sex is not the raison d'être of childlove relationships. Edward Brongersma, in Boy-Lovers and Their Influence on Boys, where he reports the result of interviews with participants in adult–child relationships writes, "within a relationship, sex is usually only a secondary element." [6]. Loving relationships between adults and children are considered desirable—it is only when the affairs become sexual that the relationships are considered criminal. Edward Brongersma (August 31, 1911 – April 22, 1998) was for a number of years a member of the Dutch Eerste Kamer (First Chamber or Senate), and chairman of the Eerste Kamers Judiciary Committee (1969–1977). ...


While society in general believes that children are unable to consent to sexual relationships, Ben Spiecker and Jan Steutel, in a paper entitled Paedophilia, Sexual Desire and Perversity write that consent is possible, even in older prepubescent children. (However, they also conclude "Paedophile sex is a form of exploitation because it endangers the long-term welfare of the child. Consequently, paedophilia involves desires towards behaviour that is morally wrong, but only in some forms of paedophilia are these desires perverse.") [7]


Furthermore, childlovers claim that sexual contacts with adults need not be harmful for children. They cite the widely criticized 1998 meta-analysis Rind et al. and other works to support their claim. In one such study, Intergenerational Sexual Contact: A Continuum Model of Participants and Experiences, Joan Nelson writes: 1998 (MCMXCVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Rind, Tromovitch and Bauserman are the authors of A meta-analytic examination of assumed properties of child sexual abuse using college samples. ...

Clinical populations reveal nondamaging intergenerational sex. De Young (1982) reports that 20% of her "victims" appeared to be "virtually indifferent to their molestation!" Instead, they tended to be traumatized by the reaction of adults to its discovery. [8]

Pedophiles want to change the public perception that sex with children must lead to vaginal sex or anal sex, emphasizing that they do not support any physical harm to any of the participants. To this end, they do not normally advocate penetrative sex with very young children. In a 1981 pamphlet entitled Pedophilia, the Dutch Protestant Foundation for Responsible Family Development writes "especially in the case of young children, sexual activity seldom includes any kind of sexual penetration. Children are not yet physically big enough for this." [9] Vaginal sex or vaginal intercourse is human sexual behavior involving the vagina, especially, but not limited to, the insertion of the erect penis into the vagina. ... Roman men having anal sex. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Many childlovers argue that children are innately sexual from their infancy. They point to the research of several researchers, including Alfred Kinsey, Floyd Martinson, Alayne Yates and William Masters, that show evidence of sexual response, masturbation and sex play with others in young children. They argue, therefore, that since children are sexual and that some seek sex play, they should be able to consent to sexual activity with any other partner, regardless of age. Thus many childlovers argue against age of consent legislation. Alfred Kinsey is a controversial figure, however, and many leading psychologists of his day, such as Abraham Maslow, were highly critical of his methodology. Dr. Alfred Kinsey interviewing a respondent to his survey. ... Time magazine, May 25, 1970 Gynecologist William Howell Masters (December 27, 1915 – February 16, 2001) and psychologist Virginia Eshelman Johnson (born February 11, 1925) pioneered research into human sexual behavior during the 1950s and 1960s. ... Masturbation is the manual excitation of the sexual organs, most often to the point of orgasm. ... In criminal law, the age of consent (AOC) is the age at which a person is considered to be capable of legally giving informed consent to sexual acts with another person. ... A psychologist is a scientist who studies psychology, the systematic investigation of the human behaviour and mental processes. ... // Biography Abraham Maslow (April 1, 1908 – June 8, 1970) was an American psychologist. ... The Kinsey Reports are two controversial books on human sexual behavior, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953), by Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey, Wardell Pomeroy and others. ...


Many pedophiles are also opposed to the current state of sexual education in many countries. They argue that enforced ignorance and abstinence only forces those young people who wish to explore their sexuality to do so in secret, making them more susceptible to unsafe environments and coercive relationships. John Coleman of the Trust for the Study of Adolescence says: Sex education is education about sexual reproduction in human beings, sexual intercourse and other aspects of sexual behaviour. ... Abstinence is the act or habit of refraining from some tempting activity, usually sex, but also other activities such as alcohol or food consumption. ...

In societies in which there's more sex education, more openness, there's a far lower rate of teenage pregnancy. Parents always fear that talking about childhood sexuality will lead to children experimenting earlier. But all the evidence shows that the more you talk to young people about sex, the more sensible they are. [10]

This view does not take into consideration the research that shows that in the early stages of a child's development they are unable to make informed and clear decisions. Many psychologists view teaching young children about sex as being damaging to children, and it is only later in life that they are mature enough to handle these concepts. A male toddler A child (plural: children) is a young human. ... A baby thinking Developmental psychology is the scientific study of progressive psychological changes that occur in human beings as they age. ...


Some members of the childlove movement are also largely opposed to consent legislation. They argue that in former times, puberty was considered to be the threshold of adulthood in many societies and that it is a natural indication that the body is sexually mature. They say that ages of consent are legal definitions that are both arbitrary and discriminatory. Instead of a set age of consent, they argue that each individual who wishes to engage in sexual activity should make such decisions. This view ignores the question of whether a person is mature enough to fully appreciate the consequences of their action, a view which is common in other areas regarding consent of minors. Puberty refers to the process of physical changes by which a childs body becomes an adult body capable of reproduction. ...


In most countries and places, the age of consent is different from the age of puberty - often there is a gap of many years between them, during which someone may be at the same time a sex offender but not a pedophile.


Ethics proposed by the movement

Cover of CLogo's Pedophilia brochure
Cover of CLogo's Pedophilia brochure

Rejection of pedophilia is ingrained in most of the world's cultures, especially in Western ones. Despite this societal rejection, many pedophiles claim to understand children's sexuality, and have proposed an ethical framework that could allow acceptance of their desire for sexual interaction with children. CLogo Pamphlet Cover File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... CLogo Pamphlet Cover File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Ethics (from Greek ethikos) is the branch of axiology – one of the four major branches of philosophy, alongside metaphysics, epistemology, and logic – which attempts to understand the nature of morality; to define that which is right from that which is wrong. ...


In a 1998 newspaper interview, Dutch psychiatrist Gerald Roelofs suggested the following five guidelines for relationships between adults and children: 1998 (MCMXCVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...

  • There should be no coercion
  • The child should be free to stop at any moment
  • Sexuality should be compatible with the psychosexual development of the child
  • The parents should know about [the sexual aspect of] the relationship
  • The child should be able to openly discuss the relationship without fear of disapproval

About the same time, Frans Gieles, in conjunction with the JORis workgroup of the Dutch Association for Sexual Reform (NVSH) proposed the following four guidelines:

  • Self-Determination: Children must always have it in their own power to regulate their own sexuality, their relationships with others and their own lives.
  • Initiative: Even in a later stage of the relationship, it is always the children who make the choice to have sex.
  • Freedom: At any moment within the relationship with an adult, children must have the freedom to withdraw from the relationship.
  • Openness: The child should not have to carry unreasonable secrets. [11]

More recently, subsequent discussions about these guidelines have produced a synthesis of these earlier proposals. The following four guidelines have now been officially adopted by MARTIJN and form the basis of the ethos of the Human Face of Pedophilia:

  • Consent of both child and adult
  • Openness towards the parents of the child
  • Freedom for the child to withdraw from the relationship at any moment
  • Harmony with the child's development [12],

Most of the people involved in these efforts realize that such ethical guidelines can only work in jurisdictions where adult–child sex is not illegal and therefore do not address the ethical issues of having an illegal relationship with a minor. Instead, illegal activity is discouraged, such as in the Boylove Code of Ethics [13] which states that the pedophiles should "do everything possible to protect his young friend from any harm, including exposure or embarrassment from arrest," even if this means refraining from consensual activity considered illegal in their jurisdiction. MARTIJN's statement is unequivocal: "MARTIJN Association advises everyone to observe the law." [14]


Not all groups associated with the movement support these ethical boundaries. For example, the group Krumme 13 ("Crooked 13") [15] counsels convicted pedophiles to continue their activities once released.


A more in depth and broader code of ethics of moral pedophiles had been penned, no observation of such has been recognized. It states explicitly that, "Any violation, extension, or limitation of the code will be considered an act worthy of investigation, and possibly grounds for removal, by the local legislature, of the Childlover from the child depending on the child’s suffrage, and other individual case circumstances resulting from relationship on a case-by-case basis..." and that "Any breach of these terms is not considered an act worthy of the Childlove movement. The movement will uphold these terms and these terms alone, as guidelines for consensual relationships with children should any adult choose to label them self a Childlover and carry out any relationship with a human child."


The terms outline in more detail the Boylove Code of Ethics, but are more inclusive to accommodate a childlove collective.


While members of the childlove movement claim that, within an ethical framework, these relationships can be mutually beneficial, society remains generally unconvinced and regards all child sexual activity as unethical and criminal.


Objections to the ethical framework are that a child is not mature enough to be able to have the freedom to withdraw from an abusive relationship and can be very easily coerced into maintaining this relationship with a pedophile. In most Western countries, the consent of parents and ongoing communication with them is not a consideration when prosecuting child abusers. Also, many child psychologists would not agree that a child's relationship with a pedophile is in harmony with that child's normal development.


Activities

The primary activity of the movement is support for pedophiles. They attempt to provide support to others who would otherwise be reluctant to discuss their attractions for fear of being ostracized. To this end, some organizations provide online counselling and suicide prevention services. Ostracism was a procedure under the Athenian democracy where a prominent citizen could be expelled from the city for ten years. ... Suicide (from Latin sui caedere, to kill oneself) is the act of willfully ending ones own life; it is sometimes a noun for one who has committed or attempted the act. ...


MARTIJN, as well as publishing OK magazine and providing support for pedophiles, is also involved in overt activism, distributing flyers and pamphlets at public gatherings and gay pride marches. Gay Pride in San Francisco Gay Pride banner, Duke University, NC Gay Pride, Place de la Bastille, Paris The gay pride or simply pride campaign of the gay rights movement has three main premises: that people should be proud of what they are, that sexual diversity is a gift, and...


Some pedophiles labelling themselves boylovers and girllovers celebrate their sexual preference. "International BoyLove Day" is celebrated on the first Saturday after the summer solstice. This is the day male pedophiles attracted to boys celebrate their attraction, often by lighting blue candles discreetly in public. "Alice Day", April 25, is a day of celebration for pedophiles attracted to girls. This is the day Lewis Carroll met Alice Liddell, the girl for whom he wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, on April 25, 1856. It should be noted that while some assert that Lewis Carroll could have been a pedophile, it is far from an accepted fact. Saturday is the seventh (sixth in some countries) day of the week, between Friday and Sunday. ... Illumination of Earth by the sun on the northern hemisphere summer solstice The summer solstice is an astronomical term regarding the position of the sun in relation to the celestial equator. ... April 25 is the 115th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (116th in leap years). ... Photograph of Lewis Carroll taken by himself, with assistance Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (January 27, 1832 – January 14, 1898), better known by the pen name Lewis Carroll, was a British author, mathematician, logician, Anglican clergyman and photographer. ... Alice Liddell, age 7, photographed by Charles Dodgson (1860) Alice Pleasance Liddell (May 4, 1852 - November 16, 1934 (disputed — see talk page) ) was the inspiration for the heroine of the childrens classic Alices Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. ... John Tenniels illustration for A Mad Tea-Party, 1865 Illustration by Arthur Rackham Alices Adventures in Wonderland is a work of childrens literature by the British mathematician and author Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. ... April 25 is the 115th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (116th in leap years). ... 1856 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ...


Robin Sharpe, a Canadian pedophile, successfully challenged some aspects of child pornography laws in the Canadian Supreme Court in 2002, arguing that his fictional writings were not illegal because they had artistic merit. John Robin Sharpe (born circa 1933) is a Canadian citizen noted for successfully challenging several portions of Canadas child pornography laws. ... The Supreme Court Building in Ottawa The Supreme Court of Canada is Canadas highest court and is located in the capital city of Ottawa. ... 2002 (MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Symbols

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A blue spiral-shaped triangle symbol, or "BLogo" was designed by an individual using the online nickname "Kalos" in conjunction with Free Spirits. BLogo This work is copyrighted. ... GLogo The page where this was found states None of the images on this page are copyrighted. ...


A similar logo, a heart within a heart, or "GLogo" was later developed by some pedophiles attracted to girls to symbolize a "bond of love" [16] between adults and girls.


Another logo, the "CLogo", was proposed by the CLogo team in the Netherlands as a logo that could be used to represent the aspirations of child lovers. Pedophiles have mixed opinions on this logo. (This image is shown on the cover of the CLogo pamphlet, pictured above).


Controversy and public reaction to the movement

Members of the movement claim that they do not support child abuse or illegal activity; public reaction to this claim has been skeptical. This skepticism has been reinforced by publicized incidents linking members and groups associated with the movement to actual sexual child abuse and by the similarity of the movement's views to the views used by sexual child abusers to justify their abuse [17] [18].


The movement has sparked intense opposition and its political progress has been limited or minimal. Nearly all national governments conform to United Nations protocols for age-of-consent legislation and the criminalization of child pornography. From 2000 to 2004, over 130 nations signed a United Nations accord to criminalize child pornography. [19] The U.N. convention on age-of-consent has been in force for forty years. [20] The examples and perspective in this article do not represent a worldwide view. ... The term child pornography (sometimes referred to as kiddie porn) generally refers to pornography featuring a child; however, the precise definition of pornography and child varies by region and country. ...


Skepticism that the movement does not support child abuse

Many child abuse prevention advocates, law enforcement officials, and journalists note that the movement's claim of separating advocacy from abuse does not always hold true. Members of the movement often respond by claiming that high-profile child abusers were not members of the movement, or that the movement could have even helped them avoid crossing the line into abuse [21]. Some claim that dwelling on these arrests attempts to smear the movement through guilt-by-association. Nonetheless, mainstream observers remain skeptical that ardent advocates of adult-child romance and sex do not act on the desires they claim are legitimate and harmless – citing these arrests as evidence. [22]


Many of these incidents involve members of NAMBLA, the organization most widely known to the public. Some claim that these activities are limited to members of this organization and are not representative of the larger movement. The North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) is a U.S.-based group that calls for the elimination of age-based restrictions on sexual behavior. ...


Many opponents of the childlove movement believe the term childlove to be a misnomer since they view any and all adult–child sexual contact to be abuse. Look up Misnomer in Wiktionary, the free dictionary A misnomer is an incorrect or misleading name for a thing. ...


Recent incidents include:

  • Rev. Paul Shanley, a priest accused of abusing children as young as six years old over a period of three decades, allegedly participated in early movement workshops and advocacy, according to contemporaneous accounts of the events obtained by the Boston Globe. [23] [24]
  • Charles Jaynes, also allegedly a member of NAMBLA, was convicted of murdering a 10-year-old boy then having intercourse with his body; the parents of the boy sued NAMBLA and its steering committee, alleging that Jaynes wrote in his diary that participating in NAMBLA and reading NAMBLA publications helped him overcome his inhibitions about having sex with young boys [25] [26].
  • John David Smith, a San Francisco man convicted of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy he was babysitting, met an undercover investigator through his activities as a NAMBLA member; according to the investigator, Smith used his contacts with NAMBLA to trade child pornography and arrange sex with children [27] [28].
  • Johnathan Tampico was convicted of child molestation in 1989 and paroled in 1992 on condition of not possessing child pornography. After moving without informing authorities of his new address, he was found after a broadcast of America's Most Wanted. He was arrested and convicted on child pornography charges. In his sentencing, the court found that Tampico was a member of NAMBLA, that NAMBLA supported a foster home in Thailand that sexually exploited children, and that Tampico and others traveled to Thailand in order to have unlimited access to young boys at the foster home, as evidenced by a number of Polaroid pictures, provided by Thai officials, depicting Tampico with young Thai boys sitting on his lap [29] [30] [31].
  • James C. Parker, a New York man who, according to court records, told the police that he was a member of NAMBLA, was arrested in 2000 and convicted in 2001 of committing sodomy with a young boy [32].

Publicity regarding these incidents — in addition to deeply felt opposition to the movement's views -- have led to extreme controversy surrounding the movement's activities and members. Many in the movement have professed that they don't uphold or support the ideals of NAMBLA due to the controversy attributed to its doctrines and the crimes involved with it. The Boston Globe is the most widely-circulated daily newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts and in the greater New England region. ... Americas Most Wanted is a long-running TV show produced by 20th Century Fox and running on Fox that profiles fugitives wanted for violent crimes, often including those currently on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. ...


Medical community reaction to the movement's scientific claims

Current medical literature documents a high incidence of profound and grievous psychological harm caused by sexual contact with children (for example: [33] [34] [35] [36]). The movement has several disputed scientific papers to cite. To date, the greater medical community remains unconvinced of the movement's claims that adult-child sexual contact is not harmful in a high percentage of cases; no peer-reviewed study of actual psychological outcomes supporting the movement's view has been accepted by the greater scientific community. [37] However, there is still no research available that looks at adult/child sexual abuse and compares cases where the child is willing to cases where the child is unwilling.


That said, the scientific community does acknowledge the difference between an adult who desires sexual contact with a child and one who acts on that desire, and that the understanding of the nature of and treatment strategies for pedophilia are inadequate. Fagan, Wise, Schmidt and Berlin, in their 2002 paper on pedophilia write:

"Pedophilia is a diagnosis applicable to only a portion of individuals who sexually abuse children. Information has been drawn from published research about pedophilia and child sexual abuse in general to present the current state of knowledge. Despite a sizeable body of published, peer-reviewed articles about topics such as child sexual abuse, child molestation, and sexual offenders, data and our knowledge base about pedophilia have significant limitations." [38]

Internet gatherings

The Internet is generally the favoured medium for promoting childlove ideals, perhaps owing to its anonymity. Groups which advocate childlove by means of the Internet include The Human Face of Pedophilia, a well-known pedophile advocacy site. For humans, anonymity (from the greek ανώνυμος (αν-ώνυμος, without-name or name-less) is the state of ones personal identity or personally identifiable information being hidden or unknown. ... Lindsay Ashford is a self-identified pedophile and girllover. ...


Terminology

Childlover

Some pedophiles, who profess their attraction to children is not solely sexual, prefer to describe themselves using the euphemism childlover. The derived terms girllover and boylover are sometimes used to specifically indicate a childlover's sexual orientation. A euphemism is an expression intended by the speaker to be less offensive, disturbing, or troubling to the listener than the word or phrase it replaces, or in the case of doublespeak to make it less troublesome for the speaker. ... Sexual orientation refers to the sexual gender(s) to which a person is attracted and which form the focus of a persons amorous or erotic desires, fantasies, and spontaneous feelings, in other words the gender(s) toward which one is primarily oriented. The alternative terms sexual preference and sexual...


Unlike the term pedophile, childlover, as well as boylover and girllover, are self-identification terms. Some people use that to distinguish themselves from those who would abuse children, while others use it to identify themselves as members of the childlove movement. The term child sexual abuse (CSA) denotes sex between prepubescent minors and adults. ...


Also, while pedophiles are normally grouped four categories: homosexual male and female, and heterosexual male and female; childlovers identify themselves by the sex of their objects of attraction, thus homosexual male pedophiles and heterosexual female pedophiles are both "boylovers", while heterosexual male pedophiles and homosexual female pedophiles are "girllovers". Homosexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by esthetic attraction, romantic love, or sexual desire exclusively for another of the same sex. ... Male symbol Male is the sex of an organism, or a part of an organism, which produces sperm. ... Female symbol Female is the sex of an organism, or a part of an organism, which produces egg cells. ... Heterosexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by esthetic attraction, romantic love or sexual desire exclusively for members of the opposite sex or gender, contrasted with homosexuality and distinguished from bisexuality and asexuality. ...


Pedosexual

The word pedosexual is sometimes used as a synonym for pedophile.


References

  • Ashford, L. (2002). The Human Face of Pedophilia
  • Brongersma, E. (1990). Boy-Lovers and Their Influence on Boys. Journal of Homosexuality 20 - 1/2, 1990.
  • CLogo Team (2003). Pedophiles
  • Dallam, S. J. (2002), "Science or Propaganda? An examination of Rind, Tromovitch and Bauserman (1998)". Journal of Child Sexual Abuse. 9(3/4), 109-134.
  • De Young, M. (1989). "The world according to NAMBLA: Accounting for deviance". Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 16, 111-126.
  • Gieles F.E.J. (1998). I didn't know how to deal with it. IPCE.
  • Gieles F.E.J. (2004). Ethics and Intimacy in intergenerational relationships. IPCE.
  • Fagan P.J., Wise T.N., et al. (2002). "Pedophilia". JAMA. 2002;288:2458-2465.
  • Moser C., Kleinplatz P. (2003). DSM-IV-TR and the Paraphilias: An Argument for Removal
  • Nelson J.A. (1989). Intergenerational Sexual Contact: A Continuum Model of Participants and Experiences. Journal of Sex Education & Therapy, Vol. 15, No.1, 1989, pp.3-12.
  • O'Carroll T. (1980). Paedophilia: The Radical Case. Peter Owen, London.
  • Protestantse Stichting voor Verantwoorde Gezinsvorming, (1981). Pedophilia. PSVG, The Netherlands.
  • Paiderastia. A Boylove Code of Ethics. Paiderastia.
  • Rossman P. (1976) Sexual Experience Between Men and Boys: Exploring the Pederast Underground. Association Press, New York.
  • Spieker, B.; Steutel, J. (1997). Paedophilia, Sexual Desire and Perversity. Journal of Moral Education, 09/01/1997.
  • Underwager R., Wakefield H. (1997). Special Problems with Sexual Abuse Cases. Coping with psychiatric and psychological testimony, Supplement to the Fifth Edition (Out of Print) (pp. 136-147). Los Angeles, CA: Law and Psychology Press.
  • Vereniging MARTIJN (2004). What we Stand for. Vereniging MARTIJN.

See also

Age disparity in sexual relationships has been a feature of both heterosexual and same-sex couples in many cultures and societies. ... Sexual abuse is a relative cultural term used to describe sexual relations and behavior between two or more parties which are considered criminally and/or morally offensive. ... Child and youth sexuality refers to sexual behavior and activity among children. ... Chronophilia is a rarely-used term which refers to a group of paraphilias of the type in which the paraphiles sexuoerotic age is discordant with his or her actual chronological age and is concordant with the age of the partner. ... In psychology and sexology, paraphilia (in Greek para παρά = besides and -philia φιλία = love) is a term that describes sexual arousal in response to sexual objects or situations which may interfere with the capacity for reciprocal affectionate sexual activity. ...

External links

  • IPCE - scholary discussion
  • MARTIJN - Dutch association for the acceptance of pedophilia and adult-child love relationships
  • NAMBLA - The North American Man/Boy Love Association
  • Sure Quality Radio - boylove internet radio station
  • Paedophilia - The Radical Case
  • Age Taboo - information, myths, gay youth and modern pederasty

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