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Dumai wrote (edited )

oh and another thing - "pedophilia" relies on a western construction of childhood that runs parallel to the wider fetishisation of innocence and purity as sexualised characteristics. neither of these things are cultural universals which further complicates any attempt to study pedophilia as a natural object.


leftous OP wrote

Really well put. I agree reducing pedophilia to a simple "sexual preference" really neglects the harm and damage it does.

Pedophiles are people who fetishize innocence and are sexually excited by rape (which is what sex with a child entails). We call out the fetishization of minorities, trans people, etc - this is no different and far more disturbing. :/