And the people who still think it involves some kind of paraphilia.
I’ll be very clear here:
Pedophilia is, etymologically speaking, made of pedo and philia, both words that come from Ancient Greek.
Pedo is a prefix used on anything related to children. And philia, we know it, is a suffix that means “love”.
According to the DSM-V, pedophilia is the adult sexual interest in prepubscent children.
Normally, kids enter puberty around 10, 11, 12, but it doesn’t go beyond 13.
Eren is 17.
Now, let’s take a look on what many Ereri shippers use as a defense: Ephebophilia.
Ephebos, in Acient Greek, means something similar to “arriving to puberty”.
Ephebophilia is NOT listed as a mental disorder by the DSM-V, simply because it’s the name given to “the primary or exclusive adult sexual interest in mid-to-late adolescents, generally ages 15 to 19”, according to Richard von Krafft-Ebing in his Psychopathia Sexualis.
Again, Eren is 17.
Even so, Levi would not have ephebophilia in an Ereri context. Know why?
Because sexual interest for adolescents is described by Krafft-Ebing as only categorizing ephebophilia if it is primary or exclusive. Just the fact that a sexual attraction exists doesn’t make it ephebophilia, it has to be unique. Levi would have to be attracted only by teens.
Definitely not his case.
Moral of the story: No one is right, except for those who ship responsibly, respect their neighboor’s ships and don’t post hate on those ships’ tags.
That’s what I ask with this post. Please stop the hate. Please.