I dare you. Show me even one heterosexual man who has NOT felt sexually attracted to at least a few teenage girls who happened to be under the age of 16, or under whatever the age of consent happens to be in the particular state where he lives.
But do all men act on such attractions? I would hope not. After all, most people don’t actually have sex with all the many people they have ever felt sexually attracted to. Being sexually attracted to at least some people under 16 does not necessarily mean you will inevitably have sex with at least some people under 16.
Also, by strict definition, “pedophilia” means being attracted to children who have not yet reached puberty. Being attracted to underage teenagers who have reached puberty is either “hebephilia” or “ephebophilia,” not “pedophilia.” Furthermore, all three of these words (“pedophilia,” “hebephilia,” and “ephebophilia” are properly used to refer only to people with a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to people of the age group in question.
So, are all men “pedophiles”? Only if you use the word “pedophile” VERY loosely.
In a recent soap opera within the Satanist scene, one Satanist has been accused of being a “pedophile.” The grounds? (1) When he was 18 (“almost 19″), he allegedly had a girlfriend who was “13-14″. (This might be technically in violation of age of consent laws, depending on what state you live in, but, morally speaking, a 18-year-old having sex with a “13-14″-year-old is surely NOT the same thing as a 50-year-old having sex with a 5-year-old!) (2) More recently, he had a brief affair with a young woman who was not under 18, but, at some point during or after that affair, he told her he had felt attracted to her earlier, before she had reached 18, without having acted on it in any way back then. Alas, since the latter woman happens to have been his wife’s sister, his understandably enraged wife is now insisting that he is a “pedophile.”
Obviously, having a fling with one’s wife’s sister is not a good idea. I also don’t think it’s a good idea to have sex with people who are just barely legal — or who are emotionally immature, no matter how old they are. If you do so, you are likely to get burned, one way or another. But it’s not illegal, and it’s not pedophilia.
Also, there’s no such thing as thought crime — it is not illegal just to feel a sexual attraction to someone under the legal age of consent, as long as you don’t act on it. If merely fantasizing about something were the same thing as coing it, then probably every person in the entire world would be guilty of murder.
Alas, some Satanists who don’t like the man in question are joining in the “pedophilia” slander.
It behooves us Satanists to take a stand against people who cry wolf about “pedophilia.” Remember the “Satanic ritual abuse” scare? All Satanists should read up on it if they have not done so already. See “Satanism” scares and their debunking – a brief introduction and my list of resources about The “Satanic Ritual Abuse” scare of the 1980′s and early 1990′s on my website Against Satanic Panics.
Of course, we must also keep in mind the opposite problem — real child sexual abusers not being brought to justice. The “Satanic ritual abuse” scare was, in part, an overreaction against the vast numbers of real child abusers who have gotten away with their crimes. Surely it is a good thing that real child abusers are now more likely to be punished than in the past, and we should support efforts to bring real child abusers to justice.
But that’s no excuse for a witchhunt mentality. We need to take a stand against clearly unjustified accusations of “pedophilia.” Crying wolf about “pedophilia” is a dangerous incitement anywhere. It is especially dangerous among Satanists, given popular misconceptions about Satanists.
Disclaimer: Nothing in this post constitutes legal advice. If the matters discussed here affect your life in any way, please consult a lawyer if you can.