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The model on the first poster is a 14 year old Dutch girl. If a male’s immediate response to her image is to find her attractive and/or appealing, does this make him a Pedophile?
The model in the second poster claimed to have no knowledge of the documentary’s content. She thought she was modeling for Japanese Anime. The image implies ‘age-play’, however the fact remains that adult women dress like children to appeal to pleasure receptors. Japanese Anime tends to have a strong-focus on creating sexual tension among characters portrayed as pre-pubescent.
As much as American Society addresses cultural taboos, the letter of the law is often interpreted to both persecute and prosecute instances that may not necessarily qualify as Pedophilia.
This discussion is interesting.
Notice Joe Rogan voices the opinion that there should be an age span limitation set on women, even if they are 18 (legal age of consent). So for example, it’s gross to couple a 16 year old with a 40 year old man, but it could be considered equally gross if she’s 18. He considers that “her own fuck up…” Young women are often attracted to older men due to their maturity. Young girls in High School, for example, may seek College Age boyfriends because the opportunities for maturity in their own age-class is limited. Older men are typically established, (employment, housing, transportation) and have the means to treat a young lady with what she believes she deserves.
On the flip-side to that, young men that seek Older Women are typically applauded. It’s only been recently that high-profile cases (such as High Schoolers dating Teachers), that there’s a double-stigma applied. Age + Violations of Decency.
Age of Consent is typically established by each state, with parental consent. I.e. 16 is typical for a young lady to both date and marry, but the minute a parent retracts that consent, the older partner may be persecuted for Statutory Rape, the same is true if the parent protests the relationship, even if the 16 year old consents.
Some would argue that the older partner is ‘sick’ to even consider dating a teenager under the age of 18.
Societally, couples that are of legal age (18 or older) with an older partner are still given the stink-eye when out in public together.
Pedophilia applied to teenagers is a misuse of the term. Pedophilia is technically an attraction to pre-pubescent children.
The Age of Consent in other countries is much lower, anywhere from 8-11 and marriages are typically arranged by parents. By a Western World standard, this is an ‘abuse’ and there have been a few high-profile cases that hit headlines that give Westerner’s a point of contention to say: “Well that’s fucked up, that culture needs to change…”
The Age of Consent was substantially lower in the U.S. which was appropriate for the era. For example, the state of Texas was Age 14 but was raised to 16 when the FLDS Sect was getting more attention. Prior to that, people married as young as 13 (with parental consent) and 14 later on when it became a requirement to attain parental consent. This age was raised much higher in some states, where 16 isn’t even a consideration and you MUST be 18 for marriage. Statutory Rape legislation came much later. Having sex, and consenting to marriage are separate issues in a modern society where people do not abstain from sex until marriage, like they once did.
Some people argue that finding a person sexually appealing and acting on it are two-different things, but are they really? The fear of persecution, if not prosecution gives a person reason to pause and think about the act vs. acting on impulse. Remove the restrictions, and I believe you’ll find that people would certainly act on it.
Men and Women will also argue that a young person is not sexually appealing. If this discussion is had in lieu of cultural notions of sexual indecency, then that’s a rather reactionary point of view.
People also lie about their age. Short of checking I.D., which has now become a social norm, rather than an exception to the rule; as long as the moral conscience is satisfied, it’s all okay right?
Societal Pedophilia, occurs through consensus opinion. It’s a far-cry from the technicalities.