"Pederasty" is the term used for sexual relationships between an adult man and a boy from 12 to 18 years of age.
I had to read about this kind of relationship since this will be one of the topics of my screenplay for my new project with acclaimed filmmaker Paolo Villaluna (Ilusyon, Selda).
Pederasty was common during the Classical Greek civilization. And it still happens nowadays, although it is now recognized as illegal in most governments.
In the early part of the 80's in the US, an organization was born to legalize pederasty. It was called "National Movement for Man Boy Love Association". It was initially intergated into gay rights but was eventually removed from the "gay revolution" due to severe criticisms that it is a front to pedophilia.
The movement fought for the right of minors for their own sexual expression. According to them, children have the right to realize their sexual desires. But they also made clear that they are against forcing anyone especially children for any sexual act against their will.
Now there are questions hounding me. Is sexual expression between minors and adults a fundamental right among human beings? Does the law of criminilizing adults in having consensual sexual acts with minors oppress this right? As per my research, there has been no substantial study that actually proves that minors who engage with consensual sexual acts with an adult feel psychologically abused and personally damaged by this relationship.
I'd like to hear your thoughts on this.