Am I the only One who Have read all of that? ............................... ._.I think i need to add to this thread.
Ill apologize firstly for my poor English writing ahead and yes i am a massive lolicon who has done research beyond Wikipedia.
First what is pedophilia. Pedophilia has 2 broad definitions, the general public one and medical. General public is when a adult sexually likes anything childlike, but medically pedophilia is prepubescent meaning around ages up to 9-13 (can vary a lot individually). Hebephilia is from prepubecsent-14 ephebophilia is 15-19 and teleiophilia is 20+ eg. normal. (there is also nephiphilia - ages 0-3 and gerantophilia - eldery people).
Now pedophilia is abnormal almost always and every single case. If your interested in prepubescent children, you have to assume something is wrong with you, thou the wrong may be slight and not be in the way of your daily life or have any urges to commit crime. Almost always medical pedophilia is caused by something going wrong in persons brain in childhood (for example mother drinks or gets abused while pregnant and the child's brain might get connected wrongly, the sexual part of brain gets connected wrongly to child care and hence you born as pedophile or getting abused as small child etc).
Now all above is well established and there is good consensus on that, but when it comes to handling pedophilia in society, we run into problems. First pedophilia and child abuse is 2 completely different things. Its safe to say 99% (or around there, rather no one knows, since very few pedos actually do anything to children) pedophiles never commit crime, but society often connects those 2. The prime cause to prevent crime is always the same in every single case (except very rare genetic diseases), equality in society where they live progressive taxes, free good education, free healthcare etc. So when a man rapes child its big scream, but if the same male rapes an adult its just a number (some studies show that up to 76% of child molestations is caused by non pedophiles, just sick people whose mind is unbalanced and use sexually first person they can get and if it would been adult, no one cares). But even if we have right socioeconomic environment some people will still be pedophiles. We have to treat them normally, since putting them into jail does nothing, since they come out just as same, we should help them to controll temselves and/or provide alternative (eg lolicon).
Hebephilia is where it gets complicated. firstly, it seems to be pretty strong consensus that it is normal for an adult male with main interest in adult females to occasionally look at a early-pubescent child sexually, sometimes even masturbate or think for a moment during sex with an adult (often subconscious). The simplified reasoning is: "reproductively right behavior", means that the female is starting to develop characteristics of a fertile female, hence its normal to start choosing partner (in a lot of old civilizations it was common for a early-pubescent child to get married and have sex right away, i even remember long ago reading about Socrates's life, where he went to a brothel with local aristocrat, and the aristocrat fell in love fresh 14 year old girl).
But there are 2 arguments with the previous point, which does not have consensus. First is that very early-pubescent girl can not get pregnant therefore the "reproductively right behavior" argument is invalid. Second is if the MAIN sexual interest (no one in real world is 100% this or that, sexuality is always on a scale) is in hebephilia, is it mental disease like pedophilia. These are 2 points that the arguments are going on atm. At this point hebephilia is not in list of mental diseases like pedophilia, but it might change.
Some might read this wrong, a girl up to 13-14 might play with herself, explore sexuality, but that does not mean shes ready to have sex, its still a mental trauma if shes forced. There are of course females even at age 11, who are capable and mature enough to even try to seduce males, but these cases are extremely rare and mostly are actually influenced or thought behaviors by adults.
Now about Lolicon (as in fiction). First conception what is wrong is that she looks loli but shes 16. It does not work like that, its like saying this it looks like a Lamborghini, but someone put a label on it its a Ferrari, its still a Lamborghini, the age is the label, not the drawing. And most lolis are designed more around hebephilia rather then pedohilia, too much pedophilia (ie ages 4-7/8) is even disgusting among most otaku (labeled as toddlercon).
Personally i know a person who works for visual novel company full time in Japan (draws backgrounds, famous company, do not want to say names to keep anonymity, and hes wife works as anime figure sculptor), so i got some good extra input. Sora Kaguano, shes 19 in the eroge and anime, but its IRRELEVANT because shes DESIGNED to be loli. To-Love Ru is turning into lolicon manga probably because of the market, there is huge market for lolicon stuff in Japan. In Japan also there is 2 big distinctions which are usually not present in west, its 2D vs 3D. Its not uncommon for a normal family man who has young children to buy lolicon hentai goods and dose not care about touching real children, because of the strictness between 2D and 3D. The otaku that is represented in 2chan etc is the part that has too much free time (no job) and no good life, so its not really objective, a lot of normal people who are into lolicon hate those sites, because they tarnish their name. Also in Japan lolicon is not 100% sexual like a lot of people in west think, it often is just cuteness, which is much more valued in Japan then in west.EDIT! Pls do not think of these examples as extreme (ie not uncommon does not mean 90% of males etc).
Hope that helps to inform about this and yes To-Love Ru is having increase in lolicon, no need to ignore the fact with excuses.
Hane, I think it's solved that Accepting is used here,