When those who oppose same-sex marriage said that in affirming same-sex sexual attraction as a natural, immutable, normal variant of human sexuality it would open the door for other sexual variations — such as pedophilia to claim the same normalcy and therefore, social acceptance they were called crazy. Well, apparently we were right.
(Toronto Star) — Pedophilia has been widely viewed as a psychological disorder triggered by early childhood trauma.
Now, many experts see it as a biologically rooted condition that does not change — like a sexual orientation — thanks largely to a decade of research by Dr. James Cantor at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Cantor’s team has found that pedophiles share a number of physical characteristics, including differences in brain wiring. It’s now thought that about 1 to 5 per cent of men are pedophiles, meaning they are primarily attracted to children.
These findings have been widely accepted among scientists, but have had little impact on social attitudes or law. However, we are left with the alarming question: if some men are born pedophiles, what should society do with them?
Bolstered by this research, pedophiles who have never molested children are seeking social acceptance.
[Ethan] Edwards says the goal of Virtuous Pedophiles is to prevent child abuse, by reducing the stigma against non-offender pedophiles.
“We do not choose to be attracted to children, and we cannot make that attraction go away,” reads the website, which has about 200 members.
This movement has all the markings that the push for accepting homosexuality had:
- It’s something you’re born with
- You can’t change it
- It feels natural and have always felt that way
- Disapproval is degrading, dehumanizing, and makes you a second-class citizen
Cantor, an internationally respected clinical psychologist, has also conducted studies with sex offenders using MRIs. He has found they have less white matter — the connective tissue that carries messages to other parts of the brain — than other types of criminal offenders.
The evidence suggests pedophilia results from atypical wiring in the brain. Cantor calls it “cross-wiring”: the stimuli that usually evoke nurturing and protective reactions in adults is instead evoking sexual reactions in pedophiles.
If pedophilia can be shown to be biological and immutable, on what basis can we deny pedophiles special status? They must be recognized as a protected class in the same way as homosexuals, if we are to be consistent.
If we expect pedophiles to refrain from acting on their desires, why can’t we do the same for homosexuals? Is it because homosexual relationships are consensual among adults? So what? If pedophiles can’t help their attractions, to suggest what they feel is immoral or should be resisted is bigotry and hatred, or so we’re told by gay activists.
How can we make a principled argument against socially accepting and promoting pedophilia the same way as homosexuality without being inconsistent and arbitrary?