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Cambridge Conference: Pedophilia Is ‘Natural and Normal’

In an article prompted by the recent conviction of children’s entertainer Rolf Harris, the Telegraph’s (UK) Andrew Gilligan reports on an interesting gathering from last July at the University of Cambridge:

“Paedophilic interest is natural and normal for human males,” said the presentation. “At least a sizeable minority of normal males would like to have sex with children … Normal males are aroused by children.”

Some yellowing tract from the Seventies or early Eighties, era of abusive celebrities and the infamous PIE, the Paedophile Information Exchange? No. Anonymous commenters on some underground website? No again.

The statement that paedophilia is “natural and normal” was made not three decades ago but last July. It was made not in private but as one of the central claims of an academic presentation delivered, at the invitation of the organisers, to many of the key experts in the field at a conference held by the University of Cambridge.

Other presentations included “Liberating the paedophile: a discursive analysis,” and “Danger and difference: the stakes of hebephilia.”

Hebephilia is the sexual preference for children in early puberty, typically 11 to 14-year-olds.

Gilligan notes that, in addition to Harris, there’s also been an outcry in the UK over last week’s report on entertainer Jimmy Savile, as well as claims of a sex abuse cover-up surrounding a former Margaret Thatcher Cabinet minister. But, he says, less known is “a much more current threat: attempts, right now, in parts of the academic establishment to push the boundaries on the acceptability of child sex.”

Read the full story here.

h/t to Instapundit.

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  • MarkJ

    Something I’ve learned from working many years in academia: there is no idea so harmful, stupid, or just plain evil that an academic somewhere won’t buy into it.

  • Reg

    Attraction to a 14-year-old of the opposite sex is not a perversion. Acting on it is an evil.
    Medicalizing morality is what got us into this mess in the first place

    • Evil is Relative to your Beliefs

      • #JusticeForAnthony

        Actually no. In terms of pedophile the overall general consensus is that it is a unforgivably evil and repulsive act for a grown adult to have sexual relations with a prepubescent child. Have fun tonight at your NAMBLA meeting sicko.

        • idk why people feel all pedophiles are gay or have trouble with ppl their own age. The General Consensus is the Christian Consensus because, thats the biggest religion. Think outside your beliefs, just because you believe in their moral set doesnt mean everyone in the world has too. Live and let live, I wont interfere with your beliefs dont interfere with others.

  • Cant wait for the future

    • M. N.

      No, it won’t be allowed. The slippery slope doesn’t extend that far.

      • Not with kids…but im pretty sure teenagers will be fair game

      • DD

        1. Celebrate Homosexuality, criminalize all disagreement Done
        2. Celebrate Transgender, criminalize all disagreement In the works
        3. Celebrate Open relationships as marriage Just starting
        4. Celebrate sex with adolescents Just starting
        5. Celebrate full blown pedophilia Starting to be pushed in fringes

        The public’s views haven’t really changed that much on any of these, but unless we shove back when the left mocks / shouts / throws a temper tantrum we will lose our freedoms.

        • M. N.

          In my lifetime, children will never be allowed to be legalized prey. They can’t vote, the can’t be held accountable as adults for what they do, they can’t get jobs and even though we’ve seen changes, it will not incude pedophillia.

          • DD

            Hope you’re right. But that’s what people said about marriage between other than a man and a woman a decade or two ago. It all depends on what becomes ‘all the rage’ in our affluent classes, catches on in the lofty reaches of prep schools training the next generation of privilege.

  • Eagle 77

    I’m normal. I have two beautiful 14 year old daughters who my wife and I adopted. They are not my kin, I can safely say I have absolutely no attraction to them whatsoever. My feelings of warmth and affection for them represent my desire to protect and raise them. Feelings beyond that are reserved for my wife.

    Academia in General, Cambridge in particular is sick.

  • SEVENTYFIVEIMPALA

    Does anyone give a shit about how it affects the children?

    • M. N.

      Yeah, I do.

  • Wilsey Hinton

    Even in England, academics can be disgusting. God will deal with people who pervert children.

  • Erik I

    Look at human history…of course it’s normal. For a looong time men were expected to marry women in their young teens.