I've often wanted to take shots of children when out shooting but have been put off by the risk of being labeled a 'pervert'.....

It never used to be like this - before the whole mass hysteria of every male photographer being viewed by the general public as a potential pedophile if they so much as point a camera in the general direction of any child. (Or a terrorist if they try and shoot architecture!)

I would like to know from any female photographers out there if they have had any problems with photographing children, or is this just a male thing?