Lonelyrider wrote:Being attracted to teenagers under the age of 18 has NOTHING to do with pedophilia. Thats totally wrong! Pedophilia is attraction to pre-pubertal children. 11-12 and below.
Thank goodness for someone getting this across...
We all must also consider the several terms and definitions of a sexual attraction to children, or those that are considered underage in some societies. There are the terms "pedophile", "pedosexual", and "MAP (minor-attracted individual). Whatever the term, the common definition concerns an adult being attracted to children sexually/emotionally, which more often than not entails children undergoing puberty or any time before puberty. After puberty, the child (while still considered a child by some), is then considered an adolescent. This is where the line gets sort of blurred and whacked, but a woman attracted to people below the age of eighteen is a lousy way to define said woman as a "pedophile."
I wish the OP would come out with their concerns, as there seems to be enough interest and concern for him/her/it.
Please feel safe and welcome! The majority of us are unbiased and accepting, non-judgemental. Anyone that throws a foul ball is likely to be shunned, anyway, so don't worry about it. Just let us know your troubles!