Category:O'Carroll, Tom

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Tom O’Carroll was an activist in Britain’s Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) in the 1970s, campaigning for replacement of the age of consent law with a more flexible and liberal legal framework. It was felt the legitimate protection of children could be reconciled with an acceptance of child sexuality, the right of the young to sexual self-determination, and the legitimacy of consensual child-adult sexual contacts. A journalist, O’Carroll was PIE’s public face in the later 70s, when he propelled the organisation to national prominence and, in tabloid press terms, notoriety. Invited by a London publisher to write about his experiences, he delivered Paedophilia: The Radical Case, a book that was a personal account of how he came to be involved with PIE, the work of that organisation, and also a polemical exploration of the ethics of paedophilia. His second book, Michael Jackson’s Dangerous Liaisons, is a definitive 624-page review of the late King of Pop’s intimate friendships with young boys. A sympathetic account, the book appeared in 2010 to considerable acclaim within the academic world, but was trashed by outraged fans even before they could possibly have read it. They saw it as a slur on their idol’s “innocence”.

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