Activism can be defined as "intentional action to bring about social or political change". Such action may involve cooperation with allies having similar interests. While the term is sometimes restricted in meaning to direct or militant action, the broader sense seems to be in common use in the boylove community.
Changing the behavior of large groups of people is not well understood in general, but a variety of mechanisms are commonly used in practice to achieve such change, including publicity, advertising, and public relations.
Boylove-related Wikipedia articles have been the subject of some debate, both within Wikipedia and more widely. Cryptome and digg, among others, have published articles on the edit war generated by Rookiee's contributions to the Justin Berry article. Other controversial articles include Wikipedia: Pederasty in the modern world, Wikipedia: Pedophilia and Wikipedia: Pedophile activism.
There are a few public blogs run by boylovers and individuals with boylove-friendly attitudes, including minors. One of the most controversial blogs is Paiderastia, which was originally run by Rookiee and a rather large team of other contributors, mostly boylovers. Recently, Blogger - owned by Google - has removed many blogs by boylovers and girllovers, following complaints from vigilantes and anti-paedophile groups.
Other childlove-related blogs that have received attention include:
Letters to the Editor
Dave Riegel has suggested submitting letters or opinion pieces to newspapers as a way of publicizing opinion in favor of boylove. He has successfully published one such opinion piece, in the Keene (NH) Sentinel.BC:1001241
UK charity NSPCC has sent postcards to secondary school students in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Channel Islands in an attempt to influence their positions on sexual abuse.BC:1006149 Before the campaign, 88% of pupils surveyed by the organization had indicated they would not consider a sexual relationship between a 23-year-old woman and 15-year-old boy to be abusive.
Documentation and research
There has been some interest in documenting accounts of childhood sexual relationships and sexual activity. Howard Kline (aka Cerius) has documented some such relationships on his website, Cerius Love. Other sources include the website Growing Up Sexually and Havelock Ellis's case histories of childhood sexuality, The Development of the Sexual Instinct. Researchers including Bruce Rind and Dave Riegel have studied the effects of sexual relationships between boys and men. (See also Rind Report.) Kevin Brown and researcher Sarah Goode are working on the MAA daily lives research project to document the lives of minor-attracted adults on- and off-line.BC:995538
A frequently raised theme in the boylove community is the desirability of involving a variety of media types. Germaine Greer's controversial art history book The Beautiful Boy was published in 2003. Lupercus has suggested a role for television comedy and science fiction. Jeffrey Gold, of the now defunct Sure Quality Radio, has emphasized the importance of expanding the boylove presence on radio and television. Youth Talk Media is a media source for childlovers. Rookiee created a podcast series, Pedologues, which was removed following death threats from vigilante groups. Rod Downey's The Moralist has been noted as a fictional work showing boylove in a positive light. Dave Riegel suggests making such works into movies.BC:981152 slvrspun has suggested public debate with Oprah Winfrey, or with others with high profile known for their hostility to pedophilia.BC:1006859
Terms of debate
Descartes has suggested avoidance of the term consensual when discussing boylove issues, as this may lead participants in the discussion to focus on the legal definition of consent. He has proposed 'voluntary' as a replacement term. Clayboy suggests 'non-coercive'. BC:998747
Dave Riegel has argued that the first battle toward legalizing relationships with minors, as outlined by Harris Mirkin, is the "battle to prevent the battle", an effort on the part of those opposed to boylove to prevent relevant issues from being raised publicly.
Handling the opposition
jd420 has suggested citing incest exemption laws and statistics indicating parents as a source of harm to children to retaliate in a tit-for-tat fashion against groups that condemn boylovers.[BC:978878] He has also suggested adopting labels so extreme that opponents are left at a loss for insults, something he terms the bigger albatross theory.[BC:979182]
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The idea to form a committee to tackle the legal and social problems relating to boylove in a direct manner has also been suggested. Though such informal committees were attempted they usually dissolved into in-fighting and were bogged down by an inability to undertake any initiatives outside the realm of the anonymous internet.
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BoyLove Media Watch
Dave Riegel and Peter Christian have established BoyLove Media Watch for collecting and responding to reports about boylove and accused boylovers in the media. The project website includes a database of news stories, editorial guidelines for the media, and guidelines for letter writers.
Various individuals have suggested using a single term common to the boylove and girllove communities when publishing public comments, in order to reflect the common interests of both groups. Xanadu (of Veritas) and others have suggested the term "Minor Attracted Adult" or MAA,BC:1000538 but this has been criticized (by an editor of this article) as excluding minor boylovers and girllovers.BC:1000624 Missing-Link has suggested the alternative "minor-attracted individual".BC:1000678 The term was earlier used in Kevin Brown's brief for class certification.BC:975786
While the term has been criticized as implying exclusion of ephebophiles, Jeffrey Gold of Sure Quality Radio and others have suggested using the term pedophile; Jimf3 has suggested "boylove and girlove [sic]", or the shorter BGL or beagle.BC:987414 Alternatively, the communities have sometimes been defined negatively, in contrast with existing law or social policy, as in Judith Levine's book title Harmful to Minors.
TPKA Calvinist has suggested using the name of an existing, commonly recognized community to refer to boylovers, in the fashion that the pop singer Madonna adopted as her name a widely-known and popular religious term; in particular, he has noted the existing terms Calvinist, Methodist, and Baptist.BC:1031472
It has been suggested that females may be able to more effectively argue the case for boylove than males; examples cited include Judith Levine and Germaine Greer. jd420 suggests that minor girls involved in relationships with adults may also be viewed sympathetically.BC:996506
Methods of approaching political change depend on the institutions of society and the rules that govern them.
Kevin Brown has indicated his intention to serve a FOIA request on the Washington bureau of the FBI regarding its activities related to BoyChat;BC:995842 on 22 May 2006, he indicated that he was still waiting for a response.[BC post by Kevin]
Richard Gardner has suggested that mandatory reporting laws should be repealed; and that high-profile civil lawsuits be pursued against 'psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, child protection workers, "child protection advocates," police, and detectives whose ineptitude has promulgated a false accusation [of child abuse]."
Various individuals, including BoyChat posters Dylan Thomas and Mike van Houten (BoyChat nick mvanhouten), have suggested lowering the voting age as an important step toward acceptance of boylove. Such a change could facilitate progress of youth rights generally, including sexual rights as a special case; it could also, more specifically, provide a means for youth to pressure politicians to stop interfering in sexual relationships involving minors.
Linca has suggested that, in places where (at least some) felons are allowed to vote, they may form a significant voting bloc, and that they might be inclined to support policy favorable to boylovers.BC:996851
Using the apparent neologism "Reverse political activism", Dave Riegel has suggested using the controversy generated by political races to encourage candidates to point out flaws in their opponents' political platforms.
Mailing materials to the United States Congress has been suggested, but the efficacy of such approaches is a subject of debate.[BC:967706]
Kevin Brown has suggested arguing that there is an invidious animus directed toward minor-attracted adults, and that the state acts in furtherance of this, so that remedy can be obtained under the 14th amendment to the U.S. constitution. He included these claims in a class action lawsuit filed against the State of Indiana. On 17 January 2005, he filed a motion for class certification (Caption, Brief, Footnotes); the motion was denied (text of order) on the court's opinion that Kevin's proposal for counsel was inadequate. Plaintiffs in the case have motioned for dismissal. Kevin posted an update on 21 May 2006.BC:1000453
In the United States, the American Civil Liberties Union has been suggested as a possible advocate of boylover rights in judicial and legislative processes, but Kevin Brown has noted that they have declined to take an active role in his case.
Youth Coalition describes itself as "an international organization of young people between the ages of 15 & 29 committed to promoting youth sexual and reproductive rights at the national, regional and international levels." It holds that "sexual and reproductive rights are human rights, and therefore apply equally to young people."
International organizations and treaties
Occasionally suggested is a role for international politics, including treaties and existing or new international organizations. Kevin Brown and slvrspun have suggested that certain treaties and international organizations may offer protection or representation for boylovers (e.g., UNPO). Bill Evans and others have suggested that the Convention on the Rights of the Child includes guarantees of sexual freedom. TPKA DaveBOYLOVER has suggested creation of a treaty similar to the Kyoto Protocol or a non-governmental organization similar to Amnesty International.
Recognizing and exploiting similarities of interest may serve to facilitate political and social change.
Participants of on-line technology fora such as Slashdot and digg may be opposed to surveillance and censorship of network traffic, and may tend to be critical of arguments based on the perceived protection of children.
The experimental software Tor, supported in part by the EFF, may be of interest to those wishing to communicate anonymously, but note that Tor should not be relied on for strong anonymity, as it is currently in a beta stage of development
The Swedish political party Piratpartiet supports elimination of immaterial law and elimination of laws restricting the free flow of information. They also support stronger privacy protections, including elimination of data retention laws for ISPs.
- Draft/Pro-pedo activism (from thefullwiki)
- Pedophile advocacy
- BoyLove Media Watch
- Cerius Love
- Freedom Board
- Germaine Greer
- International Boylove Day
- Rind Report
- Sure Quality Radio
- Youth Coalition
- Wikipedia: Activism
- Wikipedia: Pedophile activism
- Hope through science fiction. by Lupercus, on BoyChat.
- Positive stories of child sexual relationships by Cerius, on BoyChat.
- Possible Acts of Activism by Media Flood, on BoyChat.
- Guerilla Activism, The Revolution by Feu_Rouge, on BoyChat.
- Making a Difference (Or: Becoming an Activist For Your Cause) by Stuart Bechman.
- Youth Coalition Website
- A Youth Activist's Guide to Sexual and Reproductive Rights from the Youth Coalition Website.