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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235 comments

silja s
silja salonen2 months ago

appalling .. I am sitting here in shock that these people were given an opportunity to speak in a university about pedophilia as normal, natural for men. these assaults have life long affects. none of which are pleasant in the least; no in fact, they are triggers for addiction and various other self loathing traits. that the victim / child lives with.

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Sean W
Sean W3 months ago

"The sexual assault of children is disgusting."

Hi Judy,

for a broader perspective on the relationship between disgust and ethics, you might review the work of Martha Nussbaum (Distinguished Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_Nussbaum

sean

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Chrissie R
Chrissie R3 months ago

Lots of highly opinionated comments!

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Alex J
Alex J6 months ago

So much ignorance. Yes it is normal. It's also natural. Species are meant to procreate to carry on the species. In humans as soon as a girl is able to bare children she will produce pheromones when she is fertile that males pick up. We only don't like it because as a society we see children as vulnerable even if biologicaly they are adults.

Also, not all child abusers are sexually attracted to children. People knee jerk as soon as paedophilia is mentioned. It's the knee jerking to homosexuality all over again.

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K Terri Morris
K Terri Morris3 years ago

Anyone that would rape a child or teenager, or even be aroused by them, is a sick f**k. And anyone saying it is okay and normal is a sick f**k. No way in hell a healthy male has sexual feelings towards children or teenagers.

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Frank S.
Michael Truth3 years ago

"Sexual attraction to children is NOT normal in any way, shape or form!! OMG - sickos!!"

No one said sexual attraction to children is normal. Genius is NOT normal. OMG, you are a sicko, anencephalic, phallic valley girl.

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

Any male on male sexual act is disgusting, nauseating, and repulsive to straight males, just as male on female sexual acts are disgusting, nauseating, and
repulsive to gay males.

"NO, Pedophilia is NOT normal and NOT acceptable"

No one said pedlphilia was normal or acceptable. You are stating the obvious. Genius is also NOT normal. Are you normal? Why be normal?

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Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe3 years ago

Sexual attraction to children is NOT normal in any way, shape or form!! OMG - sickos!!

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Heather G.
Heather G3 years ago

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

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Frank S.
Michael Truth3 years ago

"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

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Frank S.
Michael Truth3 years ago

"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

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