The political use and abuse of the "pedophile".

  title={The political use and abuse of the "pedophile".},
  author={James Hunter},
  journal={Journal of homosexuality},
  volume={55 3},
The cognitive/affective construct designated by the term pedophile is delineated on the basis of how he is presented in the popular media. His salient characteristics are listed and then examined in the light of scientific and historical data. The pedophile is discovered to be a social construct that floats in the thin air of fantasy. Since the truth-value of the construct pedophile approaches zero, we are confronted with the question of why he continues to be such a central and emotionally… CONTINUE READING
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