Jan-Willem Breure's Are All Men Pedophiles is a controversial and fascinating examination of pedophilia hysteria that exists in our current society, exploring the an anthropological origins and how our current socieities understanding and definition is severely misinformed. The film paints this hysteria as basically a Witch-Hunt capturing the double-standards of our society and the political and social consequences this misinformed hysteria will have. Are All Men Pedophiles is full of intriguing arguments about how men have become almost victims of modern sexism, capturing the double-standards that exist in society, particularly in the fashion industry which the film argues is a major factor in the over-sexualization of teenage woman. This is a film that has some powerful and convincing arguments and others that are a step above semantics or just underwhelming. The film's central and most convincing argument centers around all men being hebephiles, meaning they are attracted to teenagers, arguing that our society needs to make a clear-cut distinction between this anthropological attraction and true pedophilia. The film paints a picture of a reactionary society, showing absurd laws like airlines banning men from sitting next to children or book stores banning men from the children's section. From a filmmaking standpoint. Are All Men Pedophiles? is a rather by-the-numbers endeavor, using a talking heads approach that features neurologists, historians, scientists, etc. to create an encompassing look at pedophilia in modern society.
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