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Pedophilia Now Classified As A Sexual Orientation

Hannah Maluyao |
October 25, 2013 | 4:08 a.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

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 Psychiatric 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. 

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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.” 

“Policy-making” is used chiefly in reference to the sex-offender registry. Christiano is not alone in advocating change within the system. Caitlin Myers, a doctorate student in Sociology here at the University of Southern California, says the registry needs to be “more senstitive to the nature of crime.” Myers explained that the chief problem within the sex-offender registry itself is the “one size fits all” viewpoint it bears towards sexual offenses. “There could be a man who committed 20 consecutive rapes and a 19-year-old boy who had sex with his 17-year-old girlfriend and they would be punished in the same manner.” 

Change to the system is understandable, yet B4U-ACT’s grounds for such change remains murky. When questioned about the most responsible way in which a pedophile could manage his sexual preferences, Christiano answered that while B4U-ACT encouraged minor-attracted persons within the organization to openly acknowledge their feelings and desires, such sexual preferences must remain purely a mental exercise and therefore entirely unconsummated. In other words, pedophiles must be allowed to fantasize about minors, as long as such acts are never consummated.

“B4U-ACT does not condone illegal activity,” Christiano insisted. 

Yet how can we be assured that such behavior remains entirely in the mind and not carried out in the bedroom? Answer: we can’t. Myers confirmed that it is “scientifically impossible to settle the question of whether or not a minor-attracted person will act on their compulsion.”  

In an essay written for his senior thesis as a graduate student, Christiano argued for the “sexual autonomy” of children, citing that children “should not be left in the dark about their own sexuality.” With more education about their sexuality, reasoned Christiano, comes more knowledge of boundaries and what they do or don’t want.

However, there is an underlying suggestion that with sexual knowledge comes sexual consent. If children were permitted to be more sexually autonomous, would they then be able to fully consent to a sexual relationship or more importantly, a sexual relationship with an adult?

While Myers agrees that open discussion and acknowledgement of sexuality is something our current society is lacking, she emphasizes that children cannot give consent. “In theory,” Myers says, “pedophilia as a practiced sexual orientation walks a thin line. There is no possibility of pedophilia becoming an accepted sexual orientation in current culture.”

According to Christiano, people must be allowed to celebrate sex and sexuality, “one of the few freely-given pleasures in life.” The community of minor-attracted persons is, as a whole, “denied their complexities.” 


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Anonymous (not verified) on February 3, 2014 11:15 AM

If i see a Pedophilian on my sight.. I´ll Kill this mother fucker

Anonymous (not verified) on December 15, 2013 4:44 AM

I referred to José Miguel Gaona.

Anonymous (not verified) on December 15, 2013 4:36 AM

Here, in Spain, Miguel Angel Gaona has been telling for years that pedophilia is a sexual orientation. I totally disagree with him.

Anonymous (not verified) on January 27, 2014 2:00 PM

@Sara and nothing on Earth could justify they kind of hatred coming from you. It's outstanding, how morally outraged you are about a subject you know so little about. Age of consent laws, being 18, 16 in some western coutnries, have only been around several centuries, in many countries royalty even married those who'd be considered 'under age' nowadays. I wonder if we put you in a society like that, if you'd of condemned the royalty? No, you wouldn't. Cause what you are is a kisser of societies ass, a suck up to social norms, that doesn't know how to think anything except what you believe everyone else thinks.

Heres anotheer little mind exploding gem of knowledge for you, the average life expectancy for humans in the earliest part of our history was around the early to mid 20's age. So you know what that means? PEDOPHILIA (THAT'S PEOPLE HAVING SEX OR SEX WITH THOSE "UNDER AGE" would of had to of happened in order for people to give birth and live long enough to raise their children, you ignorant, no brained fool.

Anonymous (not verified) on February 9, 2014 1:12 PM

shut the fuck up anon, just because pedophilia happened in old times doesnt mean its okay. as for when it was the average life expectancy, well people were more grown up since they had to grow up faster, today isnt the case and you dont need to prey on children

Sara Cornell (not verified) on November 30, 2013 3:08 AM

Paedophilia is not a mental condition or a disease, it cannot be cured. A paedophile is a sick twisted monster that should have all human rights stripped... they should never be allowed to live in a civilised society and should never be accepted as a human being. Paedophiles need a lethal injection and should not be allowed to breath the same air as our precious innocent children. Death should be the only sentence for these vile sex predators with immediate action and then their vile poisoned bodies should be thrown in a ditch and burned with the rest of the garbage. There is no excuse in the world that could ever justify the actions of a paedophile. I truly wish that all paedophiles would die a very slow painful death and then be left to rot in an un-marked grave. All you sick twisted people attempting to make excuses for these monsters and want them to be socially accepted are these monsters in disguise and should have their tongue cut out and sent to live in an un-civilised country like Syria wearing only a t-shirt that says 'Allah is a pig!' You sick twats!!

Anonymous (not verified) on December 11, 2013 7:43 PM

just saying, Homosexuality isn't seen as a disease (although it should) so lets give all these new things their chance at ruining society right? I mean Necrophilia can't hurt anyone can it? Oh and let's not forget Bestiality! and Murder will soon become legal too! Wow this is a fucked up system isn't it?

Anonymous (not verified) on December 11, 2013 10:04 PM

Comparing homosexuality to pedophilia, necrophilia, bestiality, etc is solid proof, that you are an ignorant fucking retard. Kill yourself.

Anonymous (not verified) on November 23, 2013 5:42 AM

It used to be that in a phsyc program in school there was a textbook called "Analogy of Deviant Behavior". It was one of the program books for those wishing to go into law or police work.
In it homosexualty was termed as being a "deviant behavior", abnormal; but now we are so much more enlightened since the plan for social engineering was put into high gear ... not.
The destruction of social and family values has been systemically creeping into the "acceptable" for some time and since it has anchored itself in the social fabric now it is time for the next perversion to occur. Enter children buggering as a "lifestyle choice".

SHORT (not verified) on November 21, 2013 8:05 PM

This country is rapidly becoming an Ugly Party of politically correct morons who are ready to make an effort in order to cherish their own delusionary "loving kindness" simply to look better in their own view...Disgusting, sick liberals. What else do you want to correct?