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No, Pedophilia Is Not Natural or Normal For Males

No, Pedophilia Is Not Natural or Normal For Males

“Paedophilic interest is natural and normal for human males… At least a sizeable minority of normal males would like to have sex with children … Normal males are aroused by children.”

These horrific statements were made just last July at an academic conference at the prestigious University of Cambridge, UK, before key experts in the field, during a discussion of sexuality in the DSM, a standard international psychiatric manual.

Other presentations included “Liberating the paedophile: a discursive analysis” and “Danger and difference: the stakes of hebephilia.” (The latter refers to sexual attraction to children in early puberty.)

It was Telegraph journalist Andrew Gilligan who uncovered these statements following an investigation into the conference, entitled “Classifying Sex: Debating DSM-5.” According to Gilligan, the meeting featured a number of speakers who spoke in favor of sex with children.

Tom O’Carroll, a child sex offender and campaigner for the legalization of sex with children, wrote on his blog that the conference had been “Wonderful.” “It was a rare few days when I could feel relatively popular!” he added.

And it was Professor Philip Tromovitch of Doshisha University in Japan, who stated in a presentation on the “prevalence of paedophilia” that the “majority of men are probably paedophiles and hebephiles.”

Horrific Child Abuse in the UK

Last week, the UK saw the conviction of Rolf Harris, a popular children’s entertainer, guilty on 12 counts of indecent assault on children and young women, a verdict that comes in the wake of several other such convictions, most notably that of Jimmy Savile, with incidents most prevalent in the 1970s and 1980s. With new claims of an establishment cover-up to protect a sex-offending minister in the 1980s, Prime Minister David Cameron on July 7 announced an inquiry to look into how a variety of public bodies, including the police, the National Health Service and social services, have handled allegations of child sexual abuse.

But in light of statements made at the Cambridge conference last year, this is clearly an ongoing issue in 2014. Since when is being a pedophile a normal condition for men?

An Abnormal Attraction

Here’s how Psychology Today defines pedophilia:

Pedophilia is considered a paraphilia, an “abnormal or unnatural attraction.” Pedophilia is defined as the fantasy or act of sexual activity with prepubescent children. Pedophiles are usually men. Perpetrators often delude themselves into viewing their actions as helpful to children. They might tell themselves they are contributing to a child’s development or that the child is enjoying the act; however, they do tell their victims not to alert their parents or authorities.

It’s uncertain what percentage of men are pedophiles, but according to Sarah Goode, honorary research fellow at the University of Winchester, UK, the best current estimate is that “one in five of all adult men are, to some degree, capable of being sexually aroused by children.

Being aroused by children is, of course, very different from acting on that arousal. But according to Psychology Today, an estimated 20 percent of American children have been sexually molested. Offenders are usually family friends or relatives. Types of activities vary and may include just looking at a child or undressing and touching a child. However, acts often do involve oral sex or touching of genitals of the child or offender, and complete penetration.

Abuse of Power

The sexual assault of children is disgusting. It is just one more expression of the abuse of power, of the strong over the weak, of the dominant over the vulnerable. Just like rape, it’s not about the sex, it’s about control and violence.

As living, breathing human beings, we are all subject to desires; it doesn’t mean we have to act on them. Aren’t we humans supposed to have self-control, values to guide our behavior, so we don’t just follow every instinct?

Didn’t human beings evolve to something more than animals because we managed to construct ways to resist or discourage following our base desires in order to rise above them and achieve other things?

The long-term effects of child sexual abuse are horrendous, as we know from hearing those victims who have been brave enough to step forward and denounce their abusers.

Pedophilic interest is neither natural nor normal, and should never be described as such.

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7:03AM PDT on Aug 26, 2014

Frank S, there isn't a single "disgusting act" that homosexuals engage in that STRAIGHT people do not!!

11:54AM PDT on Aug 21, 2014

"what happened to their protective feelings,such a self indulgent act to soil a childs innocent life."

Addition to heroin or other compuslions override everthing including self-preservation. Homosexuals will engage in disgusting acts even though they know such acts have a high percentage of leading to their own slow, painful, humiliating death. Famous politicians will risk their careers and marriage over a sexual compulsion. Clinton, Gary Hart, Johh Edwards and others were not stupid, nor were they risk takers.

If you were a pedophile, your need to act on your compulsion would override your protective feelings, and you would engage in self-indulgent acts that soiled a child's innocent life. If you gave birth to children, one of your precious, innocent children may have been born pedophile. Will you lock that child away for life? Will you favor killing your child? Should society torture and torment that child? Unlike heroin addiction, no one chooses to be a pedophile, just like one choses to be a sexual masochist or sexual sadist. Human sexuality is not generally speaking a matter of choice.

Suppose eating the worng food caused the death of an innocent child somewhere in the world. Do you think most people would never again succumb to eating the wrong food? You might not think this comparison is not apt because soiling a child's innocence is not comparable to eating a doughnut. But that is exactly what it is like to someone who is a pedophile. It is exactly like t

11:54AM PDT on Aug 21, 2014

"what happened to their protective feelings,such a self indulgent act to soil a childs innocent life."

Addition to heroin or other compuslions override everthing including self-preservation. Homosexuals will engage in disgusting acts even though they know such acts have a high percentage of leading to their own slow, painful, humiliating death. Famous politicians will risk their careers and marriage over a sexual compulsion. Clinton, Gary Hart, Johh Edwards and others were not stupid, nor were they risk takers.

If you were a pedophile, your need to act on your compulsion would override your protective feelings, and you would engage in self-indulgent acts that soiled a child's innocent life. If you gave birth to children, one of your precious, innocent children may have been born pedophile. Will you lock that child away for life? Will you favor killing your child? Should society torture and torment that child? Unlike heroin addiction, no one chooses to be a pedophile, just like one choses to be a sexual masochist or sexual sadist. Human sexuality is not generally speaking a matter of choice.

Suppose eating the worng food caused the death of an innocent child somewhere in the world. Do you think most people would never again succumb to eating the wrong food? You might not think this comparison is not apt because soiling a child's innocence is not comparable to eating a doughnut. But that is exactly what it is like to someone who is a pedophile. It is exactly like t

11:58AM PDT on Aug 20, 2014

I’m simply astounded by the estimate that 20% of men are aroused by children. Not teenagers, but prepubescent children. That’s a huge number! That’s such a controversial estimate, that I really wish there would have been more opinions on the matter. I’d really rather not want to look around me wondering which 1 in 5 men are the ones that could be aroused by a child, and if they could have it in them to act upon it.

While I don’t want to live in an atmosphere of fear and paranoia, obviously it’d be foolish to turn a blind eye to facts. This exists, and astonishingly even in academic circles there are people who think that taking advantage of children should be normalised.

Therefore there needs to be impartial and cool-headed research into it. Very importantly, is there a way to stop adults being aroused by children, and acting upon it - or would that be similar to anti-gay therapy, in a way that you can't learn "off" it? Or, is that a pattern of behaviour you learn as a child if you’ve been molested yourself, and your view on sexuality therefore becomes warped? Or a mix, or something else...

In any case, we need to find a way to protect children better from predators.

2:48AM PDT on Aug 20, 2014

what happened to their protective feelings,such a self indulgent act to soil a childs innocent life

2:55PM PDT on Jul 24, 2014

On one hand we say pedophilia is compulsion that can't be cured or controlled. That is our justification for locking-up pedophiles in civll detention after they have served their sentences. On the other hand, we say they ought to have been able to control their behavior, that is why we convict them of a crime punish them with prison. We really can't have it both ways. Either it is a sickness that is beyond the self-control in some individuals, or it is an immoral, evil, damaging choice that people exercising free will choose. In the first instance, we sould pity and have compassion for pedophiles. In the second case, our animosity toward them is justified, and we rightly hold them accountable for choosing evil.

I am inclined to believe many pedophiles do not have a choice. That is why some of them choose castration even when it gains them no legal benefit. If pedophiles were true sociopaths, they would be immoral in every aspect of their life.

If "rape" were just about control, then men who rape would all be control freaks. They would seek to control men as well as women. Why do rapists choose a particlar type of person to control? Why do the vast majority of rapists just choose females they find sexually attractive?

I understand your desire to demonize, dehumanize, and hate people who hurt others. But if we really wish to dimiish the frequency of a crime, we need to understand the cause, and true motivation of those who commit them. It is counter-productive to he

1:31PM PDT on Jul 21, 2014

It's really bad when only 1 out of over 2 hundred actually comment on the fact that most child abusers WERE ABUSED as children, yes there is a few truly sick people out there, but most abusers come from a family of abusers usually going back 2 or 3 generations, Robert F. get your head out of your backside, patriarchal religious tradition. BULL

6:15AM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

I would like to say most people who read this article are brain dead. But that is probably an exxaggeration.

Most people responding to this article seem to have subpar reading comprehension. No where does the the article state that anyone supports the legalization of pedophilia. No where does the article state that pedophilia is not evil. No where does the article state that most men are pedophiles. No where did the article imply that anyone is campaigning for the legalization of pedophilia.

Just because something is normal and natural does not imply it should be legal, it is not immoral, or that most males are pedophiles.

Rape and murder are natural in animal populations. It is natural that a certain percentage of males will be sexually attracted to prepubescient children, just like a certain percentage of males are naturally attracted to other males, sheep, pregnant women, lactating women, elderly women, obese women, mean women, menstating women etc.

We all feel our own sexual activity is normal. We all feel any sexual activity that doesn't appeal to us is sick, disgusting, and abnormal. Some of us feel any sexual acitivty that doesn't appeal to us is immoral, wrong, and evil.

Pedophilia is wrong, immoral, and destructive. It permanently damages most victims. Humans it seems can't speak about pedopillia rationally. As soon as the topic comes up, people become hysterical, and eager to grab their pitchfolks, torches, and schythes.

Pedophiles may be monst

5:38AM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

NO, Pedophilia is NOT normal and NOT acceptable !!!

11:22AM PDT on Jul 17, 2014

Eva, why should we want to compare pedophilia to homosexuality? People aren't gay because they were abused!!

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