Chenier 2012 Pedophilia

Title Information


Author: Elise Chenier

Title: The Natural Order of Disorder

Subtitle: Pedophilia, Stranger Danger and the Normalising Family

Journal: Sexuality & Culture

Volume: 16

Issue: 2

Year: June 2012

Pages: 172-186

ISSN: 1095-5143 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1936-4822 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | Canadian History, U.S. History | Types: Child Sexual Abuse



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Author: Elise Chenier, Department of History, Simon Fraser UniversityAcademia.edu

Abstract: »Over the past two decades critics have challenged the validity of pedophilia as a mental disorder and have implored us to think differently about child sexuality as well as incidences of sexual contact and intimacy between adults and children or adolescents. This growing literature provides compelling evidence against using a medical framework for understanding and responding to pedophilia, yet most people in the English-speaking world still cling to a post-World War Two construction of the pedophile as a dangerous stranger, pathologically unable to control his insatiable sexual desire for young people. This article aims to address this particular dilemma. Drawing on the work of Ann Laura Stoler, it argues that the construction of the pedophile is a vector of normalisation processes, “a tactic in the internal fission of society into binary oppositions, and means of creating ‘biologized’ internal enemies, against whom society must defend itself”. As a social construction, the pedophile persists because it plays an important ideological function in modern society: it affirms the white, middle-class, ‘traditional’ heterosexual family as the ideal site for the production and reproduction of social and political norms.« (Source: Sexuality & Culture)

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