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Are All Men Pedophiles?

Are All Men Pedophiles?
Crossing Borders
Directed by Jan-Willem Breure
Written by Jan-Willem Breure
Narrated by Jan-Willem Breure
JW Productions
Distributed by Sideways Film
Release dates
  • March 2, 2012 (2012-03-02) (New York City)
Running time 70 minutes
Country Netherlands
Language English

Are All Men Pedophiles? is a 2012 award-winning[1][2][3] documentary film about pedophilia and hebephilia directed by Dutch media producer Jan-Willem Breure and presented by model Savannah van Zweeden. Apart from the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague the entire film was financed privately, mainly by the 23-year old Breure.[4]

Are All Men Pedophiles? had its world premiere at the Queens World Film Festival in New York City on March 2, 2012[5] and has been screened at a number of film festivals to considerable acclaim.[4][6]


The film, which carries the tagline, "Eighteen Is Just A Number" advances the claim that all men are hebephiles, which it defines as attracted to teenagers, and argues that society needs to make a distinction between this and true pedophilia—a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children.[4] It shows the consequences of the generalization of the term pedophilia, which has resulted in laws viewing all men as positional pedophiles. Airlines have banned men from sitting next to children, book stores have banned men from the children's section and children's Day Care centres have banned fathers.[7] The documentary looks at pedophilia from a cultural and professional perspective of several experts, neuroscientists, psychologists, sexologists and model scouts[8] including neurobiologist Dick Swaab, forensic psychologist Corine de Ruiter, international model booker Jinnah Lou Domino as well as former PNVD spokesperson Marthijn Uittenbogaard.

Critical reception

Among the controversies stirred by the film is its focusing on the sexualization of teenagers in western culture despite the legal age limits prohibiting teenagers from having sex,[9] pointing to the Lolita sub-culture as an example of that phenomenon. This has caused protests from that community which says the film has caused "massive harm" to it which sees itself as really about fashion and self-expression, not about sex or making grown women look like actual children.[4]

There has also been a claim[4] put forward about the model for the movie's poster was deceived when it came to the use of her shoot to promote a film about pedophilia. According to the claim, she was told the photograph was to be used in relation to Japanese fashion. Breure, however, has rejected this accusation saying that the Dutch female was shown the title of the film which was written on the release form for the photographs.[4]

In an article for the website BuzzFeed, which tracks online viral phenomena, filmmaker Breure was criticized for not having a "clear political agenda." The article writer notes that the film and its director seem circumspect regarding whether western countries' age of consent limits should be changed.[4] The syndicated feminist blog Jezebel comments, "He just thinks that teenage girls are hot, and he doesn't want you to think that's gross, okay?"[4][8]

The film was the winner of the Sexology Media Prize of 2012, issued by the Dutch Sexology Association (NVVS)[1] and was endorsed by Woet Gianotten, co-founder and board member of the ISSC (International Society for Sexuality and Cancer).

See also


  1. ^ a b "Are all men pedophiles? Wint NVVS Seksuologie Mediaprijs 2012 | NVVS" (in Nederlands). 2012-12-06. Retrieved 2013-10-10. 
  2. ^ Are all men pedophiles?' wint NVVS Seksuologie Mediaprijs 2012"'". 2013-04-22. Retrieved 2013-10-10. 
  3. ^ "VVVS-mediaprijs voor Breure – Nieuws – Villamedia". 2012-12-07. Retrieved 2013-10-10. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h North, Anna. """Pedophilia Documentarian: "Eighteen Is Just A Number.  
  5. ^ Pafundi, Jason (May 1, 2012). "Festival Presents Films From Around The World".  
  6. ^ "Special Screening: Are All Men Pedophiles? - Transatlantyk Festival Poznan". Retrieved 2013-10-10. 
  7. ^ "There Are Two Sides To Every Story". Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  8. ^ a b Baker, Katie J.M. (May 11, 2012). "Documentarian Tries but Does Not Quite Succeed at Justifying Pedophilia".  
  9. ^ "Are All Men Pedophiles (2012) Controversial Documentary Film on Pedophilia from Cultural and Professional Perspective".  

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