The Duke of York held top-level talks in Whitehall as he battled to save his job as a trade ambassador for Britain, amid a growing scandal over his close friendship with a convicted paedophile.
That may be common usage but it\’s wrong. Paedophilia is a primary or exclusive sexual interest in pre-pubescent children.
Such an interest in pubescents (say, 11-14 year olds) would be Hebephilia. For later adolescents (15-19 years olds ish) it would be Ephebophilia.
Now, yes, I agree, in our modern world we do seem to say that, or at least in America they say that, those between 16 and 18 years old (varies by State) are insufficiently mature to be able to give their consent to a sexual relationship. Thus it\’s a criminal offence to seduce them. And the convictions of that \”paedophile\” are for those in the 14/15- 17 range.
Maybe the crime is called paedophilia but the action itself is either hebe- or ephebo-philia.
It\’s also amusing to note that what he\’s been convicted of would not be a crime in some other juridictions: here in the UK his seduction* of a 17 year old would be entirely legal, given our age of consent of 16. In Portugal, that age of consent is 14 so none of his actions would be illegal.
This isn\’t, please note, to excuse his actions: the law is the law where you are. But Paedophilia as a word in general usage has connotaions of buggering 4 year old boys. Which isn\’t the allegation at all, rather, that the bloke chases teenage, post puberty, girls. Behaviour which in most human societies which have ever existed is not just normal but even expected behaviour.
For, for a certain value of \”built\”, teenage girls are built to be attractive to men. That\’s what sets of the great dance that leads to the next generation, after all.
* There are allegations/stories of it being a less than willing seudction which I am ignoring here.