Date: January 19, 2016
jpmeadows left an interesting response to my Am I a Pedophile? page, off to the right hand side of this blog.
Of course…it’s not going to show up, because I don’t have my essay pages [nor my website pages] using a template, which allows them to show up like a regular blog post.
There is no form available on them, for people to leave responses…This was done intentionally…and given that I’ve received responses to at least a few pages this way…I’m guessing people can manipulate the URL of a comment form, to make it attach your comment to another post [ie: page]. If not, then this is a very strange glitch…and one I did not expect.
Still…since this wont show up on the page it was meant for, I will repost it here.
“which does not include or even insinuate, anything regarding abuse, violence or threat”
Or even sex!
A Bibliophile (unless also suffering from some strange psychological illness) doesn’t buy a first edition Dickens novel to stick his dick in, an Oenophile doesn’t whine that (s)he needs a good firkin with a 1989 Pomerol Bordeaux and a Francophile does not have a hankering to strip a French Dresser (the cabinet that is). So I don’t see why the Greek derived term ‘philia’ should have any sexual connotation when suffixed to ‘pedo’ either.
Some say that paedophilia (or pedophilia) was first coined by Richard von Krafft-Ebing in the 12th edition of his seminal work “Psychophasia Sexualis”, except he didn’t. He referred to the “anomaly” of adults who have a sexual attraction to prepubescents as being paedophilia EROTICA. In other words an erotic deviation of what would be “everyday” paedophilia.
Therefore, I propose that what paedophilia describes is a “reverential” interest in prepubescent children; such as a Teachers, Paediatric Health Care Professionals, Foster Carers, Youth Workers, NSPCC, Bernardo’s, etc. and quite often Parents.
Further; Necrophiles – Taxidermists, and Zoophiles – David Attenborough!
Also, why isn’t Homosexuality and Heterosexuality; Hemophilia and Heterophilia?
I can’t, for the life of me, see why no one else questions this. I sometimes wonder if l’m like the little child who was confused how no one else could see that the Emperor had no clothes on, which is sort of ironic when you think about it.
Thank you, jpmeadows. 🙂
Certainly food for thought…
Potentially, most people are pedophiles [child lovers]…just not in the erotic sense.
Still…something has always bothered me, about using the term with such a broad definition.
Since most people in this world seem to reject it for themselves…I’ve come to see the term more in the sense, that “it is mine”…And that where most people refuse to use it…I can use it, in a meaningful [and dignified] way.
I think…this is just what happens with words, over time…People associate them differently, from what they may have originally meant.