Post # 1
So this popped up on my FB feed today:
I tried to look up more about it because I personally I am not going to trust something from a conservative “news” site but could someone in psychology clarify for me what this is about?
Here’s the article:
Pedophilia Now Classified As A Sexual Orientation
People can classify themselves as heterosexual, homosexual, asexual, metrosexual. There are endless sexual orientations under the sun, and now, pedophilia can be added to the list.
In the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V), the American Psychological Association (APA) drew a very distinct line between pedophilia and pedophilic disorder. Pedophilia refers to a sexual orientation or profession of sexual preference devoid of consummation, whereas pedophilic disorder is defined as a compulsion and is used in reference to individuals who act on their sexuality.
APA’s decision has given rise to numerous pedophilia-advocacy groups, the chief of them being B4U-ACT, a non-profit grassroots organization based in Maryland. Created in 2003 primarily as a means for “minor-attracted persons” to be open about their sexual preferences in a supportive atmosphere, B4U-ACT is now widening the scope of their organization.
According to spokesperson and registered sex offender Paul Christiano, the pedophilia-advocacy group is “working towards de-stigmatizing the mental health community.” Christiano explained that negative societal attitudes towards minor-attracted persons “trickle down to policy-making and the mental health community.”
Post # 3
@lilek22: I heard about this a while ago. Just, no.
Post # 5
@lilek22: As someone who was molested when I was a very young child, I find this both horrific and extremely insulting.
Post # 6
While I agree there must be something very wrong kn the head with pedophilliacs, i dont think it is the same as being straight/gay etc. One is between consenting adults and the other is being attracked to children, who do not have the legal or emotional/mental ability to understand how to consent. To try to make it okay and “de stigmatize” it does a disservice to all the children who have been abused in that way.
Post # 7
I have a really hard time believing this article to be true. I can’t imagine the American Psychological Association would say pedophilia is ok, so I was hoping for some input from someone in the field as to what’s actually going on. I tried googling it myself but all I got were hits from other conservative/religous websites.
Post # 8
A ssexual orientation isn’t a choice. That is all the psychological categorisation is getting at. Beastiality or more correctly Zoophilia is classed as a sexual orientation and it is still considered a crime. Labelling something a sexual orientation doesn’t make it morally right or make it not a criminal act.
It is just a label.
If individuals want to identify as a pedophile more power to them. If they want a check box on forms let them have it. You can be a pedophile and never ever touch a child. Just something to remember.
To act out their desires is when they cross the line. If society was a bit more accepting about different sexual orientations like this then people who identify and want help to manage their desires would be able to access help. Who knows a more tolerant society might mean more poeple seek assistance and less children harmed.
Edited to say by excepting I mean more open to people identifying to get help so as they do not harm children and not that they should have free reign to have sex with children.
Post # 10
@j_jaye: I personally do not believe that people like this can be “helped”. You cannot fix the straight or the gay out of someone if that is what they feel and who they are attracted to, so what makes us believe we could fix someone out of being attracted to children.
Maybe I’m biased because I’ve been personally affected by one of these pricks, but I think they should all be put down because there’s clearly something very wrong with them that is dangerous to innocent children.
Post # 11
In response to your thread title: NO.
Post # 12
@quierajen: There are ways to help somene who identifies as a pedophile. There is no way to change their sexual orientation but there are steps that can be taken to minimise the chances of them acting on their impulses. Does it work on everyone, of course not.
The same way that addicts can minimise the risk of relapsing. They will never stop being addicts but they may never tkae a drink or touch a drug thanks to the help.
All men have the potential to be a rapist do we castrate all of them? Or do we educate men to not rape women?
Post # 14
@lilek22: I don’t know if everything in the first link you posted is true, but it came across as quite fair and explained the information well.