Introduction & four chapters - and one chapter- from
Jay R. Feierman (ed.)
Pedophilia: Biosocial Dimensions
Springer-Verlag, New York (1990), ISBN 0-387-97243-9
Most of the lay and professional literature although voluminous, reflect a narrow anthropo-, ethno-, and chronocentrism that precludes any real understanding of the topic with anything more than the preconceptions of our times. [...]
[...] This volume adds to this data base by including new, biosocial contribution from the perspectives of history, political science, sexology, biology, primatology, anthropology, experimental and developmental psychology, and psychiatry. What results is a transspecies, transcultural, and transhistorical perspective that gives new biosocial insights into the roots of pedophilia as the phenomenon is found in contemporary industrialized societies.
Bullough V.L., History in Adult Human Sexual Behavior with Children and Adolescents in Western Society
In fact, adult/adolescent sexual behavior has not simply been tolerated throughout much of history but, in some time periods, has been the norm. This attitude can be illustrated by a brief, descriptive listing of some famous or near-famous adult individuals in history who were involved in some form of sexual behavior with at least one adolescent or near-adolescent.
Milton; Selected Cross-Generational Sexual Behavior in Traditional Hawai段: A Sexological Ethnography
(pp. 422-443) - Link to this chapter.
Anthropological studies of human sexual behavior traditionally are difficult to conduct and to interpret because so much of any sexual behavior is private and must be understood through reporting by others rather than through direct observation. Sexual behavior between adults and nonadults is especially difficult to study, but an understanding can be facilitated if one looks at that behavior across time, species, and societies. Hawai段1 has several characteristics that make it a useful society in which to view such behavior.
Hawai段 was one of the first South Pacific societies to be visited and written about by Westerners (Cook, 1773). What it currently lacks in cultural purity, as a consequence of long association with foreigners, is partly compensated for by 200 years of contact and observation. Furthermore, over the years since Cook痴 visit, published comparisons have been drawn between Hawai段 and lesser known societies in other parts of Oceania and Polynesia (e.g., Marshall and Suggs, 1971).
This author has spent more than 20 years living and working in Hawai段 as an academic sexologist. This chapter is written mainly for readers who will benefit from seeing aspects of selected cross-generational sexual behavior in the context of a non-Judeo-Christian and non-Western society.
Mackey W.C., Adult-Male/Juvenile
Association as a Species-Characteristic Human Trait: A Comparative Field
Approach - Quotes
The purpose of this chapter is to explore, in a systematic manner,
the character, trends, and variations of the association between adult
males and juveniles across a wide array of societies.
The adult-male/juvenile relationship reflects patterns of behavior that
have been found in all human societies that have been studied. The
systematic availability of a stable adult male to the offspring of
mothers appears to be a universal event.
Okami P.; Sociopolitical Biases in the
Contemporary Scientific Literature on Sexual Behavior with Children and
Adolescents - Quotes
This chapter explores certain tendencies within that body of
vitimology-based literature sometimes referred to as the "new
research" and writing on the subject of incest and child sexual
Most of the writers in question view themselves not only as social
scientists but also as social critics. An assumption of moral purpose,
sometimes bordering on self-righteousness, repeatedly emerges from a
reading of their work. Indeed, these writers typically display many of
the attitudes associated with what Becker (1984) terms "moral
Waal, F.B.M. de; Sociosexual Behavior Used
for Tension Regulation in All Age and Sex Combinations Among Bonobos
Humans' close primate relative, the bonobo, shows a large amount of
intergenerational sexual behavior. [...]
Yet, the specific context in which intergenerational sex occurs among
captive bonobos suggests an important additional function, which also
applies to this species' intragenerational sex. Sociosexual behavior
occurs in all possible age and sex combinations as a mechanism of
reassurence and appeasement. This function of sexual behavior patterns
does not interfere with the fertilization function of these patterns,
because males appear to limit penetration and ejaculation to contacts
with mature females.