iai plus banner

channels

Philosophy for our times: cutting edge debates and talks from the world's leading thinkers

The Last Taboo:

Paedophilia, innocence and morality

to get free unlimited access to all videos on iai tv and all articles on iai news, as well as advance notice of the events.
You can watch up to an hour of video per month and 20 mins of any one video without signing up.
You have watched half an hour of our debates and talks on iai tv. To watch more than an hour of video per month or more than 20 mins of any one video you need to join iai+. Joining iai+ is free and gives you free unlimited access to iai tv and iai news.
You have watched your maximum monthly limit of videos. Join iai+ to view an unlimited number of videos on iai tv and articles on iai news. Joining iai+ is free and only takes a minute.

Liz Kelly, Darren Langdridge, Teresa Morgan. Shaun Ley hosts.

Paedophilia is one of the most reviled phenomena in today's world. But why do we hold childhood innocence to be sacrosanct? Have we recently revealed the devil incarnate or have we found new witches to hunt, relieving old ones of their scapegoat status?

The Panel

Oxford classicist and theologian Teresa Morgan, psychologist of sexuality Darren Langdridge, and sociologist and feminist Liz Kelly contemplate our last taboo.

The Schlock of the New
Stephen Bayley
The End of Ideas
Jonathan Derbyshire, Peter Hacker, Christopher Hamilton, Polly Toynbee
Saving Science
Athene Donald
Jump to what you want to see in the debate
  • Darren Langdridge
    The Pitch
    Locking up paedophiles is not the right solution to the problem
  • Liz Kelly
    The Pitch
    The word paedophile creates a monster
  • Teresa Morgan
    The Pitch
    Paedophilia has never been ubiquitous
  • The Debate
    Theme One
    Paedophilia and the nature of evil
  • The Debate
    Theme Two
    The sexualisation of childhood
  • The Debate
    Theme Three
    Should we trust our children?
Join the conversation

to post comments or join now (only takes a moment). Don't have an account? Sign in with Facebook, Twitter or Google to get started:

Hannah Carter on 17/02/2014 4:19pm

Kelly makes an interesting distinction about the medicalisation of the condition. If perpetrators are sick, with a clinical diagnosis for their ailment, then surely our entire understanding of all criminality risks being undermined. Will rapists be deemed sufferers of nymphomania?

Ali Bloom on 20/12/2013 3:35pm

I don't not think that a fear of paedophilia can be too heavily criticized, but it's interesting to contrast that fear with adult obsession for youthful sexuality.

Kels on 19/12/2013 4:19pm

I wonder whether we would still think paedophilia was stifling our children's freedom if the conviction rates were higher. We all encounter risks everyday but somehow still manage to walk down dark roads largely unscathed. This is because we know that the chances of somethign happening are incredibly rare, and also that if something was to happen, that we could report it and carry on. We need to remove the victim status of those affected by crime in order to truly combat the issue.

Copy and paste the code below to embed or link to this video.

Embed:
Embed options
Link:
  • Video Seek
    Converted to a link which jumps to that point in the video
    Example: 00:34
  • Bold Text
    Example: [b]Bold[/b]
  • Italic Text
    Example: [i]Italics[/i]
  • Underlined Text
    Example: [u]Underlined[/u]
  • Website link
    Link to another website or URL
    Example: [url]http://www.website.com/[/url]

Rate this talk with three clicks. You can choose 3 words, or vote for the same word 3 times.

Why register with the iai?
  • All you can watch
    Unlimited access to hundreds of hours of debates and talks from the world's leading minds, all for free.
  • Have your say
    Join the iai community and engage in conversation and debate around the issues that matter.
  • Hear it first
    Be the first to hear about our video releases, articles and tickets to our festival HowTheLightGetsIn.