Over the last few years there has been an increasing number of articles discussing paedophilia as an illness, or a condition.
It’s a very difficult subject to tackle, we naturally feel revolted by anyone having sexual desires over our Children, it’s a normal human response – However should a non-active paedophile be condemned and placed on the sidelines of society?
What worries me about such articles like this is it seems like an attempt to normalise paedophilia – in a sense it is an illness but by defining paedophilia as an illness we are removing any blame from the physical being and placing it into something which can not be defined and therefore all responsibility is removed.
The following excerpt was taken from an article written by a self confessed paedophile at Salon.com
I’m attracted to children but unwilling to act on it. Before judging me harshly, would you be willing to listen?
I’ve been stuck with the most unfortunate of sexual orientations, a preference for a group of people who are legally, morally and psychologically unable to reciprocate my feelings and desires. It’s a curse of the first order, a completely unworkable sexuality, and it’s mine. Who am I? Nice to meet you. My name is Todd Nickerson, and I’m a pedophile.
Does that surprise you?
Yeah, not many of us are willing to share our story, for good reason. To confess a sexual attraction to children is to lay claim to the most reviled status on the planet, one that effectively ends any chance you have of living a normal life. Yet, I’m not the monster you think me to be. I’ve never touched a child sexually in my life and never will, nor do I use child pornography.
So he clearly states he is a non active Paedophile and it is only his sexual desires of Children that exist, never acted on the thoughts through physical contact or Child Pornography. The writer of the article above is a moderator at the Virtuous Pedophiles forum, a forum aimed at Paedophiles to give them support and advice.
Here is an excerpt from an article by the DailyMail suggesting that Paedophiles brain scans show abnormal connections in the ‘Wiring’.
Paedophiles have differences in their brain that make them sexually attracted to children, according to new research.
An analysis of MRI scans found they are wired abnormally compared to heterosexuals, adding to a growing body of evidence that claims paedophilia is an illness.
The same regions of a healthy adult brain that register a sexual response are triggered by a paedophile seeing a child’s face, according to a new study.
Here is another similar article from the New York Times:
THINK back to your first childhood crush. Maybe it was a classmate or a friend next door. Most likely, through school and into adulthood, your affections continued to focus on others in your approximate age group. But imagine if they did not.
By some estimates, 1 percent of the male population continues, long after puberty, to find themselves attracted to prepubescent children. These people are living with pedophilia, a sexual attraction to prepubescents that often constitutes a mental illness. Unfortunately, our laws are failing them and, consequently, ignoring opportunities to prevent child abuse.
In the following article from the Telegraph the case is being put forward that Paedophilia in Adult males is ‘Normal’ behaviour!
Paedophilic interest is natural and normal for human males,” said the presentation. “At least a sizeable minority of normal males would like to have sex with children … Normal males are aroused by children.”
Some yellowing tract from the Seventies or early Eighties, era of abusive celebrities and the infamous PIE, the Paedophile Information Exchange? No. Anonymous commenters on some underground website? No again.
The statement that paedophilia is “natural and normal” was made not three decades ago but last July. It was made not in private but as one of the central claims of an academic presentation delivered, at the invitation of the organisers, to many of the key experts in the field at a conference held by the University of Cambridge.
Other presentations included “Liberating the paedophile: a discursive analysis,” and “Danger and difference: the stakes of hebephilia.”
Hebephilia is the sexual preference for children in early puberty, typically 11 to 14-year-olds.
It’s now widely accepted that Paedophilia is an illness or disorder, which they clearly are but by accepting this fact we normalise the behaviour.
Someone who has thoughts and desires about raping and killing women all day is clearly ill and has a disorder – Do you think these individuals should be allowed to roam the streets because they have never acted on these desires ?
We cannot remove peoples freedoms because of a thought process they possess, because of what thoughts are swirling around in their head no matter how evil or perverse they maybe, in order to keep our freedoms in tact we have to protect criminal action against thought crimes as it can and would be used to remove freedom of speech and crush any kind of activism to the ground.
But we cannot accept it as OK,and we cannot not blame the illness rather than the induvidual . Nor can we go on a witch hunt for anyone who has sexual fantasies about young Children, but we cannot be expected to be comfortable with these ‘abnormal minds’ within our Society.
As I said it’s a difficult subject, but we’d appreciate any comments you may have.
Another article has cropped up in the last 24 hours at Independent.co.uk
In the article they make claims that in fact Paedophiles in many cases contain their feelings and attempt to do good for young children.
In my studies of the Paedophile Information Exchange in the 1980s, many members admitted sexual feelings for children which they had been able to contain or turn to social good.
Some gravitated toward occupations such as schoolteacher or social worker, where they could enjoy the company of children without plotting abuse.
This fitted with personality profiles indicating that they were gentle, rational and not disposed to harm anybody.
Please read the article and leave your thoughts on it. It does seem the normalisation is in full affect and the results could be very frightening for our near future…….