Talk:pedophile

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Under 12 years old[edit]

This isn't true is it? While in a very strict sense, once they're 13 they're teenagers so it's ephebophilia, but realistically anyone who is attracted or attempts to engage sexually with a minor (whatever age that is, as it varies by country) can be called a pedophile. Mglovesfun (talk) 10:16, 16 September 2011 (UTC)

Not all pedosexual behavior is motivated by pedophilia. That would be like saying any man who attempts to have sex with a man is gay. He could be bi or bi-curious. In a sample of nearly 200 university males, 21% reported some sexual attraction to small children, 9% described sexual fantasies involving children, 5% admitted to having masturbated to sexual fantasies of children, and 7% indicated they might have sex with a child if not caught. There have also been several studies using the penile plethysmograph that have shown large percentages of "normal" men are aroused by pictures of female children (e.g. ages 4-10, in a study of young Czech soldiers). The DSM doesn't label people as pedophiles unless they act on those desires or are distressed by them. See 2002 December 1, Green, Richard, “Is Pedophilia a Mental Disorder?”, Archives of Sexual Behavior, volume 31, pages 467-471: Leucosticte (talk) 04:24, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

Ephebe[edit]

Ephebophilia? Love of young solders?

Yes, as opposed to the old solders you sometimes find in antique electronic equipment. Leucosticte (talk) 04:24, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

'Minor' definition[edit]

In Spain the legal limit is 16 but was recently 12. However, this was for people within that age range so 12 and 14 was acceptable but 18 and 13 is not. The 16-18 year old range is a grey area and depending on which newspaper prints it can be a '15 year old man' or a '17 year old girl'.

Yeah, you're more likely to see young women referred to as "girls" than young men referred to as "boys" (unless they're World War II-era soldiers). You might find this article interesting: 2005 May 2, Graupner, Helmut, “The 17-Year-Old Child: An Absurdity of the Late 20th Century”, Journal of Psychology & Human Sexuality, volume 16, number 2-3, DOI:10.1300/J056v16n02_02, pages 7-24:  Leucosticte (talk) 04:24, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

Two citation quotes do not relate to definition.[edit]

The two citation quotes given here do not relate to the definition of pedophilia based on attraction, which is the definition given here, but to the behavioral definition. "1982, National Council on Crime and Delinquency, Criminal Justice Abstracts, volume 14‎, page 253:

Apart from his sexual behavior, the pedophile is typically law abiding. 1986, Patrick B. McGuigan & Jon S. Pascale, Crime and Punishment in Modern America‎, page 109:

The pedophile, a particular type of child molester, is an adult whose conscious sexual interests and overt sexual behavior are directly either partially or exclusively toward children." --PaulBustion88 (talk) 15:14, 2 May 2015 (UTC)