Sociogenesis

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Sociogenesis is a term describing the origins of certain problems within a society; specifically, the fact that many problems originate due to specific attitudes (or activities) within a society.

Sociogenesis and BoyLovers

Sociogenetic factors, such as the moral beliefs of a society, are the root cause of most of the harms that BoyLovers experience (and have experienced) within society, just as have homosexuals and others marginalized groups within society

In her book, The Trauma Myth Susan Clancy inadvertently demonstrates that the real harms that young people experience when engaging in sexual activity with adults are actually sociogenic in nature -- it is the moral attitudes of society towards sex and sexuality that create the guilt and shame which young people (so-called "children") feel during and after engaging in sexual activity with adults, especially after the activities have been reconceptualized within the minds of the children -- the (supposed) "victims" of the so-called "child sexual abuse" -- which should more correctly be called "adult-child sexual activity rather than abuse.

Ms Clancy had been thoroughly indoctrinated in the child abuse narrative while growing up, and also while studying for her university degrees, and had originally believed, without question, that adult-child sexual activity did cause great harm to children.

One thing had troubled here -- she was uncertain (as the literature does not address this issue) exactly how the sexual activity caused harm to children. She then decided to pursue this question, and to "create new knowledge" for the benefit of society.

Through her study (involving interviews with hundreds of adults who had experienced sexual activity with adults while still children) she discovered that it was the shame and guilt the former children/then adults felt which caused distress among some (not all) of the adults whom she interviewed. In other words, the "harms" came not from the sexual activity, but from sociogenic factors - the morals of society had prohibited the discussion of sexual activity by the children with others, so therefore the children kept their sexual interactions with adults a secret. By not being able to share their feelings and information about their sexual activities with others (including adults), they felt bad about them.

In other non-Western societies children often engage in sexual activity with adults, and, in the case of boys, this is seen as a normal part of "growing up" and "becoming a man". These societies generally lack homophobic attitudes, so boys can openly discuss any homosexual activity with adults which they engage in with others -- their friends, their parents, etc., so no shame or guilt is felt by these young people, either while growing up or later as adults, unlike in the Western societies with their Judaic-Christian historical backgrounds which foster sexophobia and antisexual attitudes, along with a belief that the body and its functions are somehow "dirty".

So, without the sociogenetic factors, there is no guilt, no shame, and therefore no "child sexual abuse".

See also

External links

Research: Secondary Harm
Evidence that secondary harm occurs
Stigma as a factor
Intervention and reactions
Self-appraisal of abuse
Earlier research
Effects of "CSA" - ethnic factors
In victimologists' own words
Also see the Wikipedia article on "marginalization":
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