…in 2017. Those who waved off the allegations of child molestation against the Alabama Chief Justice claimed it was perfectly normal for older men to have relations with minors. Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler, for example, compared Moore’s exploits to those of Jesus’ parent…
“Normal” is a slippery snake. In Auschwitz it was “perfectly normal” to shoot a man for hiding a piece of bread. In some parts of the world, it is still “perfectly normal” to kill a woman as punishment for being raped.
Normal and acceptable are not synonymous and as a society, we need to do a better job of examining that difference because there is too much that is “normal” that should not be.
Ephebophilia is the attraction to a teenage girl or boy. That isn’t surprising. Youth is attractive, and particularly to old hands. Acting on it is the heinous part.
We are not just a collection of glands. We have brains for a reason. Our brains are why we can say yes, she/he is lovely, but I love my wife/husband. Likewise, we have the capacity to say yes, she is lovely but she is too young.
Thanks for your writing, Jessica. The world needs more of you. ❤