Minor Attracted Person
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The term has a number of functions. As well as being more inclusive than terms such as pederast, it removes the stigma and conflatory misuse of pedophilia. Its wide adoption also effectively signals to the public that a movement does exist, and the topic is in play. In the present climate, this act of self-identification can been seen as a political act. As a result, MAPs are sometimes incorrectly assumed to be disclosing pedophilia, which is just one form of Minor Attraction - as will be explained later.
While there is not full approval of medical "classification bingo" (among MAPs), many of the following long-standing psychiatric terms have been absorbed into the MAP chronophilia lexicon:
- Nepiophilia - Attraction to Infants 0-3
- Pedophilia - Attraction to Prepubescents 4-11/12
- Hebephilia - Attraction to early Pubescents 11-14
- Ephebophilia - Attraction later or post pubescent youth, usually between 15-19
Expressions such as Boylove and Girllove are also common, particularly within the peer support community. Nowadays, these terms tend not to be used in outward-facing activism, due to their romantic overtones.
A limited, but growing community does exist for MAPs of all persuasions. This article goes on to discuss public-facing or organized activism with respect to minor attracted identities, while the community article also includes basic peer support.
The term originates from the late 00s era, was popularized in 2007 by Newgon.com (our predecessor), B4U-Act and other blogs such as ATC/ANU. There is one example of the term being suggested on BoyChat as early as 2001, but no further examples have been found in the intervening period, suggesting it did not catch on.
2001 as ground zero, but no takeoff
The Internet Archive reveals mentions of the term "Minor Attracted Person/MAP" and "Minor Attracted Homosexual" as early as 2001, although the sparsity of evidence between that date and 2007 would appear to suggest that neither of those terms caught on in an environment where youth MAP online activism (i.e. early second-wave MAP activism) was virtually nonexistent. It has been claimed that the suggestion of "MAP" might have been put forward at an even earlier date by BoyChat user GhostWriter.
2007 - the crucial year - ANU
As noted by B4U-Act in their Twitter thread (soon to be added to the gallery), in 2007, they and some MAPs and academic authors had been using the similar term "Minor Attracted Adult" for some time. Peterson's original mention was in 1998, and B4U-Act were founded in 2003. In 2007, as the burgeoning MAP blogging movement got underway (primarily on blogger.com/blogspot), there were frequent uses of the term "minor attraction" dating back even to 2006. The first examples of "Minor Attracted Person" we can find were on ATC/ANU in Feb 2007, with the blog-author also submitting the term to Slashdot, Scienceblogs, and linking back. This slow pivot thru "Minor Attracted Adult", to the generic "minor attraction" was thought to be due to these bloggers' relatively young age (see gallery). For example, the most active authors on ANU were in their late teens and early 20s, having experienced an attraction to minors before adulthood. In addition to this, the first authors to use the term "Minor Attracted Person" (BLueRibbon and Daniel Lievre) were pedophilic and ephebophilic respectively (see gallery), so the more inclusive term suited their writings. On Jun 8, 2007, Newgon.com was founded (at that time a small website started by two censored bloggers, Daniel Lievre/Llort and Jillium - also of ANU), and the new term was visible in its ethos (belatedly captured on its blog arm, dated Jul 17). B4U-Act began to use the term on June 22, 2007, incorporating it into their own lexicon. It is likely they were aware of its previous use by MAPs, but due to the presence of mental health professionals in this organization, the language would have been assessed first to establish that it was value neutral. The late Michael Melsheimer, a MAP and founding member of B4U-Act is a possible catalyst for this terminological fork, but his relationship with the authors of ANU is unknown at this point. Our predecessor, Newgon.com, created the first known dedicated article (this very article) to define Minor Attracted People in September 2008 (see history).
2009 onward - the MAP Flag
In order to identify themselves, MAPs have created a MAP Flag, which garnered widespread social media attention in Jul-Aug 2018, along with the term "Minor Attracted Person". Rumors had spread that MAPs intended to use the flag at pride, and these fears resurfaced the following summer. The origins of the final flag (we will upload one as soon as possible) are unknown, with anything from Tumblr users to 4Chan trolls suggested by various "fact checkers". However, the concept appears to go back at least to a 2009 competition, again on Newgon.com (our predecessor) - in which various proposals were solicited for a symbol. As can be seen, the MAP gradient flag predecessor has a file date of 8 Jul, 2009, and had most probably been submitted through the website's forum (by who, might become clearer when we re-enable it).
Erroneous claims of novelty and trolling by "fact checkers"
Mainstream "Fact Checkers" at Snopes.com and AFP Fact Check have erroneously claimed that the MAP Flag concept "originated with a troll experiment on Tumblr". They cite an incidence of a modern MAP Flag as evidence of said experiment, but it appears from the use of MAP terms such as "anti", that its anonymous creator is sympathetic to the MAP/NOMAP cause. The reason behind these fact checker's dismissive bias is clearly the (again, erroneous) fear that MAPs are attempting to rejoin the LGBTQ+ community after years of ostracism. The fact checkers are trying to disprove this already ludicrous thesis, to protect the LGBTQ+ movement. They also deny that Minor Attracted People coined their own term of identification, which as this article demonstrates, is an ahistorical act of erasure. The net effect of this often-repeated falsehood is unsurprisingly, to turn a genuine 2nd wave MAP activism movement into yet another pathological "medico-legal classification" under the thumb of CSA prevention professionals and therapists.
While there exists no larger scale organized activism at present, MAPs have a long history of organizing, going back to former associations with the Gay Movement; debatably to its very founding. These associations only broke down in the late 80s and 90s for political reasons (gay assimilationism). For the purpose of activism, those organizations still existing continue to operate as websites and close circles of long-term members only - NAMBLA being the most high-profile example.
- See also: Minor attracted community.
Online activism is known to take place on a variety of public facing fora. Those we are fairly sure about follow:
- Fediverse (Mastodon and Pleroma in particular) - these decentralized platforms have been used by large numbers, but involve little public interface.
- Twitter - saw a boom in MAP accounts at around the time leading up to the MAP Flag publicity in 2018 and 19. Unfortunately many were banned, but small groups persist.
Further, internal discussion, theorizing and organizing takes place on communities such as BoyChat, FreeSpeechTube and Virped.
Other sites have been suggested as present or future interfaces:
- Twitch - the video streaming service, is a strategic frontier due to the left-wing "Breadtube" e-celebs who use it to bait the alternative right. MAPs may gain access to these leftist/SJW groups by impersonating the alternative-right and/or planting individuals within these communities. Twitch has had many controversies concerning high-profile streamers who have in some way been (usually spuriously or weakly) linked to "pedophilia". Since Breadtube Twitch streamers tend to debate on outlandish and provocative topics, Twitch has been repeatedly touted as a future breeding ground for awareness-raising.
- YouTube - due to its size, there have been various controversies with users making statements seeming to condone adult-child sex, and these go back into the 00s (search "dendrophilian"). These provocative videos attract a diversity of comments. Depending on Google's take on the culture-war, YouTube will be an important battleground in the decades to come.
- BC Oldposts - 2001: MAH.
- BC Oldposts - 2001: MAP 1st mention
- Explanatory note: Former blogspot blog ANU (absolutelynothingunified.blogspot.com - censored and uploaded to anu.nfshost.com) became ATC (attractedtochildren.org) as documented in the Wayback Machine.
- Slashdot: Brian Ribbon (i.e. BLueRibbon) Feb 2007 Submission
- Science Blogs: Brian Ribbon Mar 2007
- Brian Ribbon as BLueRibbon - ANU - Feb and Mar 2007 use of "MAP"
- Brian Ribbon as BLueRibbon - ANU - May 2007 use of "MAP" juxtaposed against Antis
- BLueRibbon 19yo
- D Lievre Student
- Jillium 17yo
- Dan Lievre - first known delineation of MAP from Pedophile - May 2007
- Newgon use the term - Capture Jul 17, 2007. Likely to have been in splashpage "ethos" on founding date of 8 Jun 2007
- B4U-Act use the term in Jun 2007
- Snopes erroneous FC
- AP erroneous FC
- MAP Flag - first modern design example?