Minor Attracted Person
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A Minor Attracted Person (MAP) is a person who experiences sexual or romantic attractions towards people under the local age of consent - sometimes applied universally to the age of 18. The term was coined in early 2007 as a neologism by two activists with differing attractions (pedophilic and nonpedophilic). By late 2021, following consistent use in academia, MA(P) had been mentioned over 100 times in Google Scholar.
- Minors may themselves be accurately classified as MAPs. This might seem counterintuitive, but aligns with most professional opinions.
- MAP is not to be seen as a distinct "sexuality", but as an umbrella term. Explicit identification as a MAP also implies preferential attraction to minors - for example, Hebephilia. Non-preferential attraction to minors is almost universal (see research). The term has, however, been applied situationally, i.e. to the partner in a relationship.
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 Pubescents 11-14
- Ephebophilia - Attraction to 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. MAPs may define as exclusive (no interest in adults) or nonexclusive (also interested in adults). Further, sociopolitical subtypes are used in both inward and outward facing situations, including NOMAP, pro-c and anti-contact.
The term "MAP" has a number of functions. As well as being more inclusive than terms such as pederast or pedophile, it addresses 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, the act of self-identifying as a MAP can been seen as political. As a result, MAPs are sometimes incorrectly assumed to be disclosing pedophilia, which is just one form of minor attraction - as is explained above. For example, Interpol's Mick Moran has suggested that MAPs who view even legal images of naked minors should be considered an actionable threat for Law Enforcement agents. In 2022, the Australian charity, Project Rescue Children even launched a doomed campaign to have the term banned, recycling a known hoax graphic from the LGBTP campaign.
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.
MAPs are generally thought to be at considerably increased risk of suicide, although the definition of attraction to minors, and the sampling may affect that number greatly:
- "Additionally, one particular study has revealed that over one-third of people who are attracted to minors have experienced suicidal thoughts and another showed that 23% have attempted suicide. With these factors combined, people convicted of illegal sexual activity with minors and non-contact offenders may be 100 times more at risk for suicide compared to the general population"
- For a fully researched/sourced history, see Minor Attracted Person (archive research).
The term originates from a forking of the term "Minor Attracted" in the late 00s era, and was first used regularly in 2007 on the now defunct ATC/ANU blog - run by MAPs with an interest in compiling lists of research articles. It was subsequently adopted by us (Newgon), and popularized in the academic field by B4U-Act, who had been using a very similar term (MAA - Minor Attracted Adult) for many years. MAA and the accompanying concept of being "Minor Attracted" has been traced back to, Heather Peterson, a journalist covering interfaith news - as early as 1998. There is one archived example of the present term (MAP) 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.
2009 onward - the MAP Flag
- For a more in-depth treatment of the flag, see MAP Flag.
In order to identify themselves, MAPs have created a MAP Flag, which garnered widespread social media attention in July and August 2018, along with widespread attention for the term "Minor Attracted Person". Rumors had spread on social media, that MAPs intended to use the flag at pride events, and these fears resurfaced the following summer. The concept appears to go back at least to a 2009 competition, on Newgon.com (our predecessor) - in which various proposals were solicited for a symbol. However, the origins of the famous 2018 flag are a Tumblr user named Stenna, who published it in June of that year, and was supported in their publicity efforts by comrade_lecter. Since it was published, the MAP Flag has become internet folklore, attracting many variations inspired by common alternative pride flags. These have been wrongly interpreted as entryist attempts.
- For a full history, see MAP Movement.
There exists a small, mainly online MAP Movement - and occasional groups of allies who work together on social media. This is a developing trend, and is described as the second-wave MAP Movement, beginning with the proliferation of the internet at around the turn of the century. The common goal of this movement is destigmatization/visibility, although some parts of the MAP movement (pro-c/pro choice) are also in favor of relaxing the age of consent and prohibitions on other age-restricted activities. Pro-choice MAP activists commonly use resources such as our research anthologies to argue their case. They will be found on pre-2010 web forums, FreeSpeechTube and chat services such as Matrix. Anti-c/anti-contact MAP activists tend to associate with organizations such as Virtuous Pedophiles, MSC and various fediverse instances.
MAPs have a long history of organizing, going back to former associations with the Gay Movement; debatably to its very founding. We describe these manifestations as the first-wave MAP Movement, and such organizations were typically founded in the 1970s and 80s. At the time, they described themselves as pederast, pedophile and Man/Boy Love groups (since there was less of a stigma on those terms). The LGBT alliances 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.
In the late 10s and early 20s, mainstream attention for MAPs was based upon the threat of "normalization of pedophilia". Misinformation circulated freely, sometimes drawing false links with the LGBT community. While the tone and bias of this publicity has been dictated by mainstream media and amplifiers who often feign outrage, polls have found that people are generally as accepting of "MAP" as a social justice term, as they are of others such as cisgender and genderqueer. One striking aspect of public reactions, is that both American Democrats and Republicans are almost equally as accepting of the term.
"MAP" has so far been criticized by FOX News hosts Tucker Carlson (despite his history of appearing to defend minor-adult relationships), Laura Ingraham, Greg Gutfeld, Jesse Watters and Geraldo Rivera among others, and ridiculed as an example of "wokeness" gone mad. YouTubers such as shoe0nhead and exclusionary Feminists such as Anna Slatz frequently agitate against it on similar grounds, joined by Media Conservatives, for example, Rod Dreher. Social Media personalities such as Jack Posibiec, Calvin Robinson and Jordan Peterson have made occasional references, and Blaire White is a frequent agitator.
One example of such publicity was the controversy surrounding Allyn Walker in 2021, followed by further social media outcry in 2022, this time over a video made by Miranda Galbreath, a licensed Sex Therapist who was attempting to challenge the stigma on MAPs. This video, circulated by Libs of TikTok, went on to be viewed around 3 million times on various platforms, with network coverage from Rowan Dean and Bev Turner in Australia and the UK respectively. Turner suggested that the acceptance of MAPs might be a ploy to diffuse public unrest come the time a guest-list for Jeffrey Epstein's sex parties is released. Later in 2022, a Texas High School Teacher, Amber Parker, went viral on social media after she was filmed appearing to defend the idea of MAPs (as opposed to pedophiles - see our Press Release on the subject). This incident was amplified on Twitter by Gays Against Groomers (a conservative radical feminist front group), TX Governor Greg Abbott and Matthew Kolken among others. The comments were said by students, parents, Parker's husband and a school administrator to have been taken out of context. She was later fired from her job. In yet more controversy in 2022 (this time focusing on the UK), LSE Professor Jacob Breslow was called out by radical feminists including J.K. Rowling for his participation in a B4U-Act symposium in 2011, said to be incompatible with his position as a trustee at the transgender children's charity, Mermaids. Among the criticism was his use of the controversial term, Minor Attracted Person.
The Daily Caller (a conservative news website) have expressed incredulity that PayPal continue to provide services to Prostasia Foundation (who provide support to MAPs) while banning conservative and conservative feminist organizations such as Gays Against Groomers. Eventually, Prostasia's account was banned as well. Turning Point, a conservative nonprofit that seeks to influence social media has intervened in mainstream MAP Discourse, with its UK offshoot making various graphics referencing the phenomenon. On 20 September 2022, various mid-tier conservative blue ticks on Twitter all consecutively made 2500+ times shared posts about MAPs, fuelling suspicion of Turning Point's involvement. Trolling/harassment gateway sites such as the embattled KiwiFarms, have hosted threads frequently mocking NOMAPs and MAPs, and their contributions on Twitter.
Some other political figures and journalists have sought to take advantage of the phenomenon:
Author, Craig Huey (Sep, 2019).
Wikipedia maintained and then deleted a disambiguation page for MAP, between 2019 and late 2021, shortly after the Allyn Walker controversy. The term was then erroneously redirected to Pedophilia for five months, before being corrected to Chronophilia by an editor. It currently points to a Wiktionary entry. Given the topic's notability, how Wikipedia will not be forced to reinstate a full article at some point is unknown.
- G Scholar Results and similar for "Minor attraction"
- Bernie Najaran: Mick Moran
- About PRC and Change.org petition
- B4U-ACT QUARTERLY REVIEW - Vol 2, Issue 2, Spring 2022
- comrade_lecter Tumblr
- Stenna Tumblr Archive
- Study: Americans’ favorite new words
- Tucker's history of playing down the importance of minor-adult relationships within a traditional heterosexual context
- Fox News Videos
- Normalizing Pedophiles - American Conservative
- We Are Being Groomed - American Conservative
- Licensed Pennsylvania sex therapist defends 'minor-attracted persons' in viral video
- GB News - Bev Turner transcript
- El Paso ISD investigating teacher talking about ‘pedophiles’; students say it was taken out of context
- El Paso ISD board member shares response on viral video involving Franklin HS teacher
- Daily Mail Clarification
- MSN on Teacher Controversy
- Firing of "MAP" controversy teacher
- Daily caller: PayPal bans GAG
- Prostasia - History of PayPal bans
- E.g. MAP/NOMAP community - "Virtuous Pedophiles" has a prodigy
- Craig Huey: Joe Biden Shocker: America Should Criminalize Christianity by Passing the Equality Act – 12 Things You Should Know
- Wikipedia Archive from 2019 onwards
- Wikipedia first AfD