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Pedophilia, in dictionary terms, is “a disorder in which an adult or older adolescent experiences a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children, generally age 11 years or younger. As a medical diagnosis, specific criteria for the disorder extends the cut-off point for prepubescence to age 13.”
Eren is fifteen, and Levi doesn’t get a kick out of lusting after children, so let’s throw that one out.
Perhaps you are thinking of the term “statutory rape”, in which a person over the age of 21 engages in sexual activity with a minor (under the age of consent).
You could argue that there is something wrong with a relationship between a person who’s under 18 and a person who’s in their thirties.
- The age of consent being 18 is not a universal truth for the rest of the world.
- Attack on Titan is notset in America. It wasn’t even made for an American audience. Canonically it’s set in somewhere in Europe.
- If you really want to discuss technicalities, it’s set in the year 800 or something and hell, I’m pretty sure twelve year olds were getting married during that time.
That said, yes, the age difference is somewhat troubling. Fifteen years isn’t something to laugh at, but there are couples out there with fifteen year age gaps and no one bats an eye.
Moreover, you need to understand that ereri is not about “lol thirty year old man fucking a kid”. It is so much more than that. It’s the relationship that forms between two men who shoulder the burden of the world, the empathy, the trust, the humanity that is forced to grow between them.
You’ll find that many shippers change the age gap in their fics/art into something less controversial. We hate the age gap as much as you do. The only difference is that you force that into the spotlight, while we try to avoid thinking about that issue entirely. (Yes, there are problematic shippers out there. I’m not speaking for the entire fandom, just my own opinion.)
Lastly, this is fictional. If someone writes a fic that does have underage, just move along. It’s not doing any harm. If you’re that sickened about it, there are places dedicated to fetishizing and glorifying rape. I’m sure your cause is more just there.
But when you attack the author, call them out publicly for being a disgusting piece of shit that supports pedophilia, you’re making it a real thing. You’re hurting real people. Sure, you can say that there are people who use the age gap to take advantage of actual minors and convince them it’s okay, but isn’t it the person that’s doing the wrong?
Sitting at your computers, posting porn and gore and other possibly traumatizing material in a tag for a fictional ship, laughing about how “THOSE SICKOS DESERVE THAT”. Do you feel accomplished?