This Daily Caller headline sent me into an emotional tailspin this week. I had to read the article several times and do a little Googling to ascertain whether this title was just tabloid sensationalism. It’s not.
From the Daily Caller’s lead paragraph:
If a small group of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals have their way at a conference this week, pedophiles themselves could play a role in removing pedophilia from the American Psychiatric Association’s bible of mental illnesses — the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), set to undergo a significant revision by 2013. Critics warn that their success could lead to the decriminalization of pedophilia.
I myself was raised by an avid acolyte of Dr. Alfred Kinsey and had my own “sexual repression” yanked out of me by repeated oral rapes beginning at about age 6. My father loved to talk about how he was raising a “sexually liberated” daughter and how fortunate I was to have this opportunity at forced fellatio. So, I am much more aware than most how pedophilia actually works in practice. I’m also aware of the lifelong psyche-scarring pain that results.
So, please forgive me if I do not cheer the efforts of mental health “professionals” and their lobby group of “Minor Attracted Persons” to lend even a shred of normalization to this strictly opportunistic desire to abuse children. As to the fantasies of sexually aberrant people, these are acted upon by scores of pedophiles every day – both in public and in private. And there is not a single incident of satiated pedophilic desire that does not involve a child victim, whether she or he is abused in person or through photographic or video-graphic exposure.
Pedophiles seem to believe that they can lay claim to the path paved by homosexuals, but they fail to understand – apparently – that there is one huge whopper of a difference between consensual adult sex and sex with a child, which can never – by sheer definition of childhood – be truly consensual. If pedophilic attraction does not cause the effected person distress, then that in itself would seem to indicate a mental disorder.
Psychiatrists and other mental health professionals must hold the line on this.
If they don’t, society is about to become much more dangerous for a great many more children.