Rationalizing Pedophilia – Part I

“In a development that should concern boy lovers everywhere, FBI agents last month [June 2012] recovered a ‘membership list’ for the North American newlogo1Man/Boy Love Association during the course of an investigation of a New York man [Philip Godek] now facing a child pornography charge.

“The NAMBLA list was found during a May 23 search of a Honda Accord owned by Philip Godek, a 57-year –old Long Island resident…NAMBLA claims it is a civil rights group dedicated to ending ‘the extreme oppression of men and boys in mutually consensual relationships.” The Smoking Gun, June 14, 2012

“Of course, this opus that ‘gay studies’ bookshelves now reserve space for pedophilia did not spring from nowhere.  The book itself grew out of two issues of the American Journal of Homosexuality (Vo. 20, Nos. 1/2, 1990) dedicated to the pondering of ‘male inter-generational love.’  Here again, an ostensibly mainstream gay vehicle was put to the service of advocating pedophilia…The editor of this gay journal, John P. DeCecco, is a psychologist at San Francisco State University.” Mary Eberstadt “Pedophilia Chic Reconsidered,” The Weekly Standard, January 1/January 8, 2001, p. 23

“Historically speaking, the taboo against using legal minors for sex was no more publicly controversial in the United States than the prohibitions against, say, cannibalism or bestiality.  Those few partisans of the idea who did sometimes sally forth customarily found themselves regarded as the lowest of the social low, even by the criminal class…These included, among other events and soundings, a much-publicized Calvin Klein ad campaign that paid homage to the conventions of child pornography; the publication by a reputable publisher, Prometheus Books [Secular Humanist publisher], of a book advocating ‘intergenerational intimacy,’ i.e., pedophilia; a still-notorious piece in the May 8, 1995, New Republic praising NAMBLA,,  the North American Man-Boy Love Association, for its ‘bravery’ and suggesting that we lower the age of [sexual] consent for boys; a sympathetic profile of a pedophile in a celebrated book by author Edmund White; and a review of the writings of several prominent gay authors, all published and acclaimed in mainstream circles, whose books featured sex scenes between men and underage boys.” Ibid., p. 18

“First salvo in the movement to legitimize pedophilia: The film For a Lost Soldier portrays a man/boy sexual relationship in a non-judgmental—and perhaps even positive—light.”  Selwyn Duke, “The Slippery Slope to Pedophilia,” The New American, October 7, 2013, p. 23

“Like many forms of sexual deviance, pedophilia once was thought to stem from psychological influences early in life.  Now, many expert view it as a sexual orientation as immutable as heterosexuality or homosexuality.” Ibid.

“The pseudoscience used to justify pedophilia, such as the notion that ‘children are sexual from birth,’ can be traced back to ‘sex researcher,’ scientific fraud, and pedophile Alfred Kinsey.” Ibid., p. 25

“About pedophilia there remains one and only one proposition that commands public assent.  It is this: If the sexual abuse of minors isn’t wrong, then nothing is.”  Mary Eberstadt, Op.cit., p. 25




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