I have seen many false assumptions about imprinting littering this forum, so I thought that would do was I can to set the record straight. During the course of this post, I want to make the following points:
Before we can address this issue of whether or not Jacob and Quil are pedophiles, we first have to have a clear definition of a pedophile.
The following definition was taken from Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders:
Pedophilia is a paraphilia that involves an abnormal interest in children. A paraphilia is a disorder that is characterized by recurrent intense sexual urges and sexually arousing fantasies generally involving: nonhuman objects; the suffering or humiliation of oneself or one's partner (not merely simulated); or animals, children, or other nonconsenting persons. Pedophilia is also a psychosexual disorder in which the fantasy or actual act of engaging in sexual activity with prepubertal children is the preferred or exclusive means of achieving sexual excitement and gratification. It may be directed toward children of the same sex or children of the other sex. Some pedophiles are attracted to both boys and girls. Some are attracted only to children, while others are attracted to adults as well as to children.
Read more: http://www.minddisorders.com/Ob-Ps/Pedophilia.html#ixzz0SYKjrlTc
Now that we know what the word means we can analyze Jacob and Quil's behavior in light of the definition. Jacob and Quil are not in love with children; rather, they are in love with women who happen to be children at the present time. That they love people and not an age is very important. Jacob is not excited by Renesmee's age; he is besotted by her. As Renesmee and Claire grow into full womanhood Jacob and Quil will grow to love them more and more. If Jacob and Quil were truly pedophiles, when they reached a mature age, they would loose their appeal to these men.
Although Jacob and Quil are totally devoted to Renesmee and Claire, they do not have sexual urges or sexually arousing fantasies about them. There only desire is to give them whatever they want to make them happy. Neither Jacob or Quil have any intention of entering into a sexual relationship with Renesmee or Claire until they are physically, emotionally, and intellectually ready for it.
This is much more like an arranged marriage where the husband is significantly older than the wife and the marriage is arranged before or shortly after the child is born. I am thinking of the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty. I see the young prince looking into the cradle of his future bride. Now that isn't pedophilia because the prince isn't thinking about having sex with young child, but will wait until they are both old enough for marriage.
The bottom line is no sexual fantasies about children equals no pedophilia.
I have seen may people try to say that imprinting is not about procreation, but it most certainly is. There are two theories by the two people with the most information about imprinting.
Sam's theory is that wolves imprint to elevate the chances that the gene is passed on and ensure the continuity of the pack.
Billy's theory is that wolves imprint to elevate the chances of stronger wolves and improve the strength of the pack.
Both theory revolve around procreation. Because every viable theory coming from a knowledgeable source centers around procreation and inbreeding is bad for the children, I do not believe that a wolf would imprint on near kin. Actually I believe this is why neither Sam or Jacob imprinted upon Leah. All of them are direct decedents of a member of the last pack. Both Leah and Jacob have pack members on both sides of their families. I personally believe that Sam imprinted on Emily, a member of the Maka tribe, because the Quiluetes were getting a little too in bread. The pack needed strong new fresh blood and you don't get any stronger, newer, or fresher than Renesmee. I believe that this is the primary reason that Jacob imprinted on Renesmee, and it really didn't have anything to do with the fact that she is Bella's daughter. Remember in Forever Dawn New Moon and Eclipse didn't happen, and Bella and Jacob never fell in love, and Jacob imprinted on Renesmee anyway.
There is much made about how Renesmee and Claire don't get a choice. Of course that ignores the fact that Quil and Jacob didn't get a choice either. Actually Renesmee and Claire have more free will than Quil and Jacob. They could reject their wolf; even though, their wolf could never forsake them.
Claire and Renesmee do not belong to Quil and Jacob. It is the other way around. Quil and Jacob belong to Claire and Renesmee.
There have been people comparing Jacob's relationship with Renesmee as though he were grooming her. The reality is that she is grooming him.
I think were the imprintee's safety is not involved the imprinting wolf will give the imprintee whatever she wants. (The safety clause is the only reason I can think of why Jacob wasn't rushing to give Renesmee to Bella when it was obvious that Renemee wanted Bella.)
Pedophilia is never OK or acceptable; however, the wolves are not pedophiles because they do not have sexual fantasies about children.
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