UMASS professor advocates pederasty

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William Armstrong Percy III says that when he was 14, he seduced a male soldier while traveling on a train. "I never got enough sex with an older man. I don't see that I was harmed at all, except being deprived of not having more," said Percy. "I was already the aggressor." Percy, now 66 and a history professor at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, is known for his disarming bluntness on gay issues. His own sexual experiences - which he estimates number more than 10,000 - contributed to his belief that the age of consent between men and boys should be lowered to 14. Currently, in states where homosexual sex is legal, the age of consent is generally between 15 and 18. [...]

He is currently working on a book called "Age of Consent," which may feature a section written by an experienced pederast who is affiliated with the North American Man/Boy Love Association. Percy doesn't support NAMBLA because it advocates sex with preadolescent boys, but said that some of NAMBLA's members are "quite intelligent." Percy has also authored a book called "Pederasty and Pedagogy in Archaic Greece" and an article titled "Pederasty in the Western Mind." He says his work isn't done just to get attention. "Basically I think if it's not done with force, not done brutally or anything, it's not necessarily bad for teen-age boys to have an older boyfriend," Percy said, citing the ancient Greeks and Romans as flourishing societies in which those relationships were accepted and, in some cases, encouraged.

source: Article 'UMASS professor advocates pederasty' by Lisa Lipman; www.ipce.info/ipceweb/Library/00dec18c_a_professor_speaks.htm; Associated Press; 26 November 2000