[WikiEN-l] No more blocking people for who they *are*?

Peter Mackay peter.mackay at bigpond.com
Wed Feb 8 01:37:46 UTC 2006

> From: wikien-l-bounces at Wikipedia.org 
> [mailto:wikien-l-bounces at Wikipedia.org] On Behalf Of Jake Nelson
> Peter Mackay wrote:
> > In this case, he may have been serious. The guy identifies 
> as "16-ish".
> > Isn't he allowed to have feelings for others of a similar age? 
> > Describing himself as a "paedophile" might have been 
> unwise, but not 
> > necessarily anything we should run around being headless 
> chickens over.
> > 
> > Pete, acting like a grown-up
> I don't want to get into the morass of definitions for these 
> things, but pedophilia relates to prepubescent children, not 
> those of a similar age to "16-ish". The term for a fixation 
> on teenagers is ephebophilia, and it doesn't apply to a 
> 16-ish person either.
> Just thought I'd clarify that.

Thanks. May I make the point that it would be a rare teenager to be aware of
such terms and distinctions?

Pete, who hadn't been aware of the meaning of at least one of those words
until a few moments ago

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