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Pedosexuality In Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye

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The North America Man- Boy Love Association defines ‘Pedosexual’ as an adult with a love of children. In the likes of hetero, homo, and bisexuals, pedosexuality is sexuality not a fetish. Not to be confused with pedophiliacs, who are intimate with unwilling, or unknowing partners, pedosexuals engage in “freely chosen mutually consenting relationships” (nambla.org). Through the securitization of The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, it is shown that Holden Caulfield is a pedosexual. Holden engage in some inappropriate behavior, by social norms, involving children. He is also very leery of adult affection, because he knows what dangers can come of it. Such intense feelings towards children would be deemed extremely inexcusable in any time, let alone the 1940’s. Anyone with sexual feelings beyond the status quo would be made to feel very ashamed of them self and throughout the novel Holden shows guilt and shame for his sexuality.
What is deemed as ‘normal’ interaction and behavior with children so widely debated, but even with an air of doubt, when Holden’s interactions with children are listed in full, one starts to wonder. While walking along a busy street, Holden’s temptations get the better of him as e gets up close to a little boy who is lagging behind his parents. Holden gets in close enough to listen to the boy singing. He then follows the boy at this close proximity for a block or two. He says that “the kid was swell… He had a pretty little voice… It made me feel good,” (Salinger, 115). He shows some obvious feelings and real emotions for the first time in the book. Another instance when Holden shows an unarguable affection for children is while at the park, looking for his sister. His feelings increase and his actions intensify. He ties the little girls skate up for her and is giddy when she thanks him, “God, I love it when a kid’s nice and polite [to] you… Most kids are. They really are,” (119). He then proceeds to ask the ten year old, to whom he has never met before, out for hot chocolate. Then near the end of the book, his actions are further intensified. He led two young boys to the Mummies Tomb at the museum. He would have just as easily told the children how to get here, but instead he led them to the tomb himself. In just these three instances alone, Holden exhibits five traits of a pedophile as determined by the Mental Health Board of Ontario. Being that the five traits shown are non-sexual, the Board recognizes this as being typical of pedosexuals, not necessarily pedophiles. Holden clearly displays inappropriate and pedosexual behavior towards children.
Holden subconsciously recognizes the aforementioned pedosexual behavior as unacceptable and experiences guilt throughout the novel. He tries to hide himself as a result of the guilt he feels. The birds are very...

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