A MAPs Journey Podcast
SEASON 2 | EPISODE 8
PUBLISHED | SEPTEMBER 14, 2021
WHEN TIME STANDS STILL
Navigating Age Dysphoria in Minor Attraction
In this episode of MAPS Journey, Elliott welcomes fellow MAP Bly to discuss their experiences with age dysphoria in the context of their attraction. Age dysphoria is a complex issue that affects many Minor Attracted Persons and can be particularly challenging to navigate given the stigma and misunderstanding that often surrounds Minor Attraction as a whole. Through their personal stories and insights, Elliott and Bly shed light on the unique struggles that MAPs face when it comes to age dysphoria, and the importance of creating a safe and supportive community for all.
One of the key themes that emerges in the conversation is the disconnect that can occur between one's attraction and their perceived age. MAPs who experience age dysphoria often feel as though they are not "age appropriate" in their desires, which can create feelings of shame and isolation. Elliott and Bly both share how they have grappled with these feelings and how they have found support in the MAP community.
Another important topic that is discussed is the impact of society's expectations on MAPs with age dysphoria. From the pressure to conform to age norms to the fear of being ostracized or even criminalized, MAPs with age dysphoria face a range of challenges that can exacerbate their feelings of disconnection and shame. However, as Elliott and Bly note, there is hope in the form of support from other MAPs, as well as the growing recognition of Minor Attraction as a valid and diverse experience.
Ultimately, this episode of MAPS Journey offers a unique and nuanced perspective on the intersection of age dysphoria and Minor Attraction. By sharing their personal stories and insights, Elliott and Bly help to break down the stigma and misunderstanding that often surrounds these issues and provide a message of hope and resilience for MAPs navigating complex and challenging terrain.