posted on Oct, 15 2008 @ 06:24 PM
I think the majority of the replies in this thread really demonstrate how many people do not understand the differences between identity, sexuality,
consent, disorders, and a whole host of other concepts. So, I'll offer my $0.02.
First, there is a difference between being a pedophile and being a pedophile who rapes children. Pedophilia, in terms of being attracted to children,
is not illegal, nor is it "wrong". The problem is that some pedophiles will act on their attractions and desires. In doing this, they violate the
law. Whether the child was willing or forced, it doesn't matter, since the law says that a minor cannot consent to sex. But simply BEING a
pedophile is not a crime.
So, one that's been established, you have to look at sexuality. Most people look at this from the privileged viewpoint of heterosexuals, assuming
that since heterosexual intercourse often leads to procreation, and procreation is required for the survival of a species, that heterosexuality is the
only sexual orientation that is "normal" or "natural". However, this completely ignores any possibility whatsoever that homosexuality serves
other functions in nature which are equally as important as reproduction, if not aiding in reproduction through various means. The list of
possibilities is essentially endless, so you can use your imagination for ways that homosexual relationships can strengthen society as a whole.
Is pedophilia a sexual orientation? Perhaps. It's distinct enough to be descriptive of an entire group of people, though it's also possible to be
a heterosexual/homosexual/bisexual pedophile. Some pedophiles have relationships with both adults and children. Some have relationships only with
adults, but find children and youthfulness attractive qualities. I mean, really, what is sexuality? I find that it's fairly fluid in most people,
and encompasses a vast array of likes and dislikes.
Anyway. Is pedophilia a mental disorder? Perhaps. But disorders aren't normally termed to be things that are "disordered" in your brain, but
rather cause "disorder" to your life. Whether or not they're caused by a structural abnormality in the brain, hormones, pre-natal development,
drug usage, religion, whatever.., they aren't disorders until they're affecting your ability to live your life. So, as I see it, pedophilia isn't
a disorder, but merely another aspect of human sexuality. If that aspect of your sexuality is taking control of your life and causing you to take
risks, hurt people, etc., then it may very likely be a disorder for you.
So, I think I pretty much agree with the OP. This insane, blind hatred of pedophiles is stupid and not productive. It's like hating all people who
practice religion because their beliefs look pretty delusional at times. But at the same time, I don't think pedophiles should be "treated"
against their will, or that their existence is a mistake. They are what they are, they are who they are. The question is whether or not they do
things to hurt others. Not all of them do, or would. Some do, just like there are homosexuals who rape people of the same sex. Their crime isn't
being homosexual, it's raping another human being, regardless of that person's sex.
Anyway. I hope you can see the difference, and realize while proclaiming hatred as justified and saying "think of the children!" might give you
warm fuzzies, it's not productive. It doesn't address the problem, it merely hides it.
I'm not a pedophile, but I definitely have non-traditional sexuality, so my view comes from someone who ISN'T in the privileged, heterosexual