Paedophilia research riles and titillates the academy

Sep 1, 2014 by

Ed: This article from 2009 is particularly pertinent in 2014. By Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education: An academic who studied paedophiles has described how she was castigated by hostile colleagues but encouraged by other academics who found her research “excitingly naughty”. Sarah Goode, senior lecturer in health and community studies at the University of Winchester, concludes that there is no clear consensus among academics on the harmfulness of adult sexual contact with...

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The Times admits an error

Jul 29, 2014 by

By Chris Sugden: Under a photograph in Philip Collins’ article in the Times of July 25  which commented on the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games is the caption: ” John Barrowman’s protest kiss would have risked a death sentence in Uganda.” On Tuesday July 29 the Times has printed the following correction on page 23: ‘The picture caption (Opinion, July 25), “John Barrowman’s protest kiss would have risked a death sentence in Uganda”, should have read, “John...

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Richard Dawkins defends “mild pedophilia,” says it does not cause “lasting harm”

Jul 23, 2014 by

By Katie McDonough, Salon: In a recent interview with the Times magazine, Richard Dawkins attempted to defend what he called “mild pedophilia,” which, he says, he personally experienced as a young child and does not believe causes “lasting harm.” Dawkins went on to say that one of his former school masters “pulled me on his knee and put his hand inside my shorts,” and that to condemn this “mild touching up” as sexual abuse today would somehow be unfair. “I am very conscious that you can’t...

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In a sexual free-for-all such as ours, a paedo panic always lurks

Jul 13, 2014 by

by Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times: [...]  Here’s the really odd thing about all this: it is in the thoroughgoing public rejection of the sexual strictures of church doctrine that British society has become a risk-free playground for what used to be called the corruption of minors. As the doctor and psychiatrist known pseudonymously as Dr Theodore Dalrymple wrote in an essay entitled A Nation of Paedophiles, 10 years ago: “The crime of paedophilia is treated in much of the press as uniquely...

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What the Dickens? These inquiries into historic cases of child abuse are just symptoms of fear

Jul 12, 2014 by

By Charles Moore, Telegraph: Here are some things we do not know about the “historic” child abuse accusations that are causing such concern. We do not know who was accused by the late Geoffrey Dickens MP. We do not know for certain if anyone Dickens accused in private was a public figure. Except in the case of the named accusations he made in the House of Commons under parliamentary privilege, we do not know what he accused anyone of. We do not know whether the accusations he made were already...

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Umm, We Told You So

Jul 11, 2014 by

By Bill Muehlenberg: A broken record can sure become tedious, and I realise that the constant flow of evidence that I offer about the slippery slope can become tiring after a while. But truth matters, and as long as the activists lie through their teeth about these issues, I will keep taking a public stand to get truth out there. It seems like just two days ago that I pointed out more cases of paedophile rights being championed because of the success of homosexual rights. Well, it was indeed...

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