Sexual Revolution. Sexual liberation. In the 1960ies, 1970ies, even 1980ies, even bra-burning feminists thought that sexual repression was at the root of most evils.
Trigger warning: links to nude children photos
Anti-authoritarian education was in. Age of consent was considered a relic of Victorian sexual repression. Wilhelm Reich’s theory about sexual repression being the root of all evil were main stream progressive creed of progressive leftists. Reputable magazine’s "Der Spiegel" May 27, 1977 cover depicted nude 11 year old Eva Ionesco on the cover who already had appeared in Playboy October 1976. (Trigger warning: nude child photos) German newsstands freely sold the magazine Sonnenfreunde (careful, nude children at this Google search link, if you don’t have safe filtering). 16 year-old Samantha Fox appeared nude on page 3 of British Newsmagazine "The Sun". 11 to 15 year old Brooke Shield’s nude photos were everywhere. (Disclaimer). The German Green political party had a committee that favored liberalization of adult child sexuality, in similar fashion as Nambla.
What would a man do when anti-authoritarian children would open his fly and play with his privates? After all, antiauthoritarian theory would not allow for chastising the children, for repressing their natural curiosity and impulses
German politician and European Parliament member Daniel Cohn Bendit is in hot water. His old writings from the 1970’ies resurfaced, where he describes being accosted and fondled by children.
Back in the early 1970s Cohn-Bendit, who had been declared persona non grata in France and sent back to Germany as a consequence of his involvement in hooliganism and rioting,
worked as an educator in a day care centre for children that had been set up to make experiments with “anti-authoritarian” education. An essential tenet of the “anti-authoritarian” concept apparently was to confront the children, who were at the time five or six years old, with unbridled sexuality, in order to overcome traditional morality.
We don’t think that children need or ought to be confronted with sexuality. Even in the most repressed society, they occasionally play doctor and show interest in sexual experimentation totally on their own accord.
Later on, Cohn-Bendit wrote a book about this, describing his experiences as a nursery school teacher in the following terms:
Writing is almost as dangerous as photographing. It is a proof of a crime, but can be denied more easily then a photograph. Because women like to read child abuse novels, feminists made sure that only the male crime of possession of child porn photos was criminalized while women’s favorite child abuse novels are best-sellers at Amazon
My flirtations with all children soon acquired a definitely erotic character. I could sense how young girls aged five had already learned how to get off with me…
In the original German text it sounded more like the 5 year old girls were flirting with him (Disclaimer)
It happened several times that some children opened my codpiece and started caressing me. According to the circumstances of each case, I reacted differently, but the children’s wishes posed problems for me… when they insisted, I caressed them in return. I was accused of being a pervert, and there were letters to the City Council, asking whether I was paid for by public funds. Fortunately I had concluded my contract directly with the parents’ board, otherwise I would have been sacked…
It is hard to believe, but in the 1970’ies, there was not much of a child sex trauma myth, teenage sexuality hysteria, or child porn laws. Sexual liberation was considered progressive and adult-child sex (Disclaimer) was considered less offensive then gay sex.