from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or fantasy on the part of an adult of engaging in sexual activity with a child or children.
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- n. Sexual acts committed by adults with prepubescent children.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A sexual perversion in which children rather than adults most strongly excite sexual desire, and are used as sexual partners.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a sexual attraction to children
Based on the above, the term pedophilia, when used in the context of this discussion as a description of a person who has certain preferences for children as sexual objects, is appropriate for the comparison made by ShelbyC, showing the relationship, or lack thereof, between morality and choice.
First of all, the term pedophilia erotica was coined in 1886 by the Vienna psychiatrist Richard von Krafft-Ebing in his writing Psychopathia Sexualis
I think this is an awful abuse of power and the law, but please, PLEASE, stop using the term pedophilia and pedophile.
The Greek word pedophilia literally means “child love.”
Second, and more important, referring to this magazine shoot as "pedophilia" is more than a stretch.
Alas, this person (along with Ben) went public with the concept that pedophilia is somehow funny when used to attack political opponents.
The Catholic Church strategy as to how to deal with pedophiles (before all those scandals started to go to public) in its ranks was pointless, abhorrent, based on the assumption that pedophilia is a 'sin' and not a 'crime' (so there would not need to have the police and judicial system involved in the matter) and hipocryte.
One can't measure one crime against the other, but arguably pedophilia is on par with rape in its psychological damage, but what separates the latter game from Rapelay is that it is challenging its audience to question the text on a deeper level.
That's like saying pedophilia is ok when the predator claims he and the child "love each other."
Admittedly, you are not incorrect in thinking that pedophilia is always divorced from action.