I'd quite like to ask in all respect why people speculate that Lewis Carroll was a pedophile. I don't know all the evidence for this claim and was wondering.
Here are some of the reasons:
Breaking news: not everything you see on the internet is real! Whoever made this (disgusting) photo manipulation combined these photographs of Lewis Carroll (from 1857) and Alice Liddell (from 1860) and fooled all of them. AND DO THEY REALLY THINK THE 19TH CENTURY WOULD PHOTOGRAPH A KISS BETWEEN A GROWN MAN AND A CHILD? It’s still disturbing for us, and we’re in 2015.
2. Victorian photography
“Oh my god this is child pornography!!!!”. Today, maybe. But this was taken in 1873. At that time, it wasn’t uncommon to photograph nude children. All Victorian artists did studies of child-nudes. It was art for them. Also, Lewis Carroll only photographed them with permission from their mothers and if the children were okay with it. He made sure that after his death those pictures were destroyed or returned to the children to prevent them from getting embarrassed. So, moving right along…
3. Lewis Carroll never got married
Lewis Carroll was never married and didn’t have any children. Pedo, right? Umm, no. He wasn’t allowed to be married, because he was also an Anglican deacon. At the time, he could only get married before ordination, so he wasn’t permitted to have a wife after his ordination in 1861. Also, he took a vow of celibacy. No kids, then.
4. Relationship with the Liddell girls
Carroll spent a good amount of time with the Liddell family. He was good friends with Alice Liddell’s father Henry and became close with his wife Lorina and three of their children: Alice, Lorina and Edith. They see the many (clothed) photographs he took of them and are so quick to judge. And, obviously, as soon as they found out Alice in Wonderland was written for a little girl called Alice Liddell, they lost their minds, and Lewis Carroll + Alice Liddell became something to dish about. Because no sane man can get along with children, right? And make up stories for them? Wow, that would be unthinkable!
5. Being stupid
This one is the main reason. People are just stupid. They are lazy and don’t seem to understand that the 19th Century was a VERY different time (post-mortem photography?? phrenology??) than our time. Here’s when they care about Alice in Wonderland: When a Tim Burton adaptation comes out and when Halloween comes and slutty Alice costumes are everywhere.