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TORONTO, October 11, 2013 ( – A childhood education conference to take place next weekend at the University of Toronto will feature keynote speaker Dr. James Kincaid, a Professor of English at the University of Southern California who has been criticized as being highly sympathetic to pedophiles.

The conference titled “Bodies at Play: Sexuality, Childhood and Classroom Life” is sponsored by the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies under the auspices of the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).

“Kincaid's earlier work in Victorian literature and culture and in literary theory has yielded to publication in cultural studies, most recently in the history and current cultural practices of eroticizing children and instituting elaborate scapegoating rituals to disguise what we are doing,” Kincaid's biography in the conference announcement states.


Kincaid is an American academic whose studies into the sexualization of children have led him to the conclusion that all adults are secretly sexually attracted to children but use revulsion at the actions of overt pedophiles to hide their inner feelings.

“If the child is desirable, then to desire it can hardly be freakish,” Kincaid wrote in his book Child-Loving: The Erotic Child and Victorian Culture. “To maintain otherwise is to put into operation pretty hefty engines of denial and self-deception.”

He believes society condemns pedophilia in order to maintain its moral posturing, while living through child molesters vicariously.

“So, what about the way we talk about child-loving? The talk is monster-talk, first of all, talk that is busy rejecting the pedophile,” Kincaid wrote. “We need the pedophile to fill our emptiness, provide the matter we otherwise miss, create our own form of existence.”

Kincaid's other books include Erotic Innocence: The Culture of Child Molesting, My Secret Life, and Novels of Anthony Trollope.

Dr. Charles McVety of the Institute for Canadian Values has written an open letter to Chris Alexander, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, asking that Kincaid be denied entry into the country.

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“On behalf of the 125,000 members of the Institute for Canadian Values and Canada Family Action, we request that the Minister refuse admission of Dr. James Kincaid to Canada for a lecture on October 19th, 2013 in Toronto,” Dr. McVety wrote.

“Dr. Kincaid is a well-known advocate for pedophilia, a criminal activity in Canada,” the letter states. “His work has been roundly condemned by the New York Times, The Daily Mail, several British Members of Parliament, and Michael Hames of Scotland Yard.”

Dr. McVety adds that “the infamous organization NAMBLA (North American Man Boy Love Association) lists Dr. Kincaid as an advocate while depending on his arguments for the advancement of child abuse. Dr. Kincaid admittedly refers to himself as a “theoretical pedophile” and frequently uses the collective terms “we” or “us” when discussing child molesters.”

Dr. McVety concluded, “For the sake of the millions of innocent children across Canada we ask that you refuse Dr. Kincaid's entry to this country in the midst of your government taking actions to protect children for the very thing Kincaid promotes – the criminal abuse of children.”


The Honourable Chris Alexander, P.C., M.P.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 1L1
E-mail: [email protected]