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The term childlove or childlover is used in two senses:

  1. as a label for people attracted to both boys and girls, and
  2. as a generic term for someone who may be attracted to either boys or girls.

The latter use of this term is controversial in the boylover and girllover communities.

Some advocate the use of the childlover label to bring the boylover and girllover communities together. They believe that the communities have much to gain by joining forces rather than arguing their separate causes each on their own. They also believe that there are many similarities in girllove and boylove relationships, especially the fact that both types of relationship involve an adult and a minor, often a child.

Others object to the childlove label.

Inclusivist opposition

Some people reject the term because teenagers are no longer "children." The term therefore is seen to act as a divisive element within the communities, thus putting the term at odds with its goal of unification. It is also observed that the term "love" is in most cases inaccurate and is therefore likely to discredit the neologism.

Inclusive socio-legal terms such as minor attracted person are perhaps more popular than childlove.

Reactionary opposition

A small number of people reject the term because they believe that boylovers and girllovers have conflicting political interests. Some claim the types of relationships with children differ; that while boylovers are interested in mentorship and friendship, girllovers are more oriented toward romance.

'Childlover' in other languages

  • Quenya: hínandil
  • Sindarin: chínandil

See also