Re: Mental Health Group Looks to Remove Stigma From Pedophilia
The OP is clearly being intellectually dishonest in trying to equate homosexuality with pedophilia, as if that were some kind of a new trick. Really?
To sort this all out, the first thing we have to do is define what the rational majority of us consider to be a mental illness. In looking at the specific subject of sexual attractions, we have to ask oursleves... does a particular attraction prevent a person from being a normal, productive part of society; or does that attraction pose a real and actual danger to the most vulnerable segment of our society? I think the answer is pretty clear to those who do not have a proven agenda of discrimination and hate. There is nothing about having an attraction to adults of the same gender that in any way impedes a person's ability to be a productive member of society. An attraction to children however, poses a very real danger to our children. Pedophilia is rightfully classified a mental illness. Homosexuality should have never been classified as a mental illness, and thankfully that was rectified over 40 years ago.
Now... to address the notion that the fact that pedophiles molest little boys in numbers greater than 2-5% (the percentage that homosexuals are thought to represent in society) means that a homosexual man is 10 times more likely to be a pedophile. It is patently false, and once again is another propaganda tool used by those who have an agenda of hate and prejudice. It IS true that boys are molested far more often than 2-5% of the time; but the fact of the matter is that pedophiles' relationships with adults fall in the same range as other adults; i.e. the vast majority of the time their adult relationships are heterosexual. The difference when it comes to children is not difficult to understand at all. The attraction to children, regardless of gender, is the main component to pedophilia. They just want a child to molest... gender is secondary. Pedophilia is a crime of oppurtunity. In our society... we give grown men much more access to our male children than we do our female children. We let them take them camping, we let them in their locker rooms, we let them in the priest's office, we let them take them out of town for ball games.... etc. etc. Grown men have easier access to little boys, so the oppurtunity to molest little boys is greater.
Homosexuality and pedophilia are alike in that the attraction is most likely immutable. No amount of therapy, or praying, or voodo magic is ever going to make those attractions change. I suppose that it is possible that one could be made to repress those attractions and reach a point where they never physically act upon them... but in the case of the pedohile; I personally rather not take that risk.
Last edited by noahath; 09-03-2011 at 12:43 AM.
Reason: removal of quoted post which was deleted from thread
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