Date: April 05, 2016
“Diversity in sexual orientation has been embraced by liberals and levied in political movements for social justice, but it’s not something we tend to associate with pathology so much anymore. However, an increasing number of experts have come to believe that pedophiles—those with a primary attraction to prepubescent children—might not have a choice in the matter. According to one criminal psychologist who recently spoke publicly about this issue via Reddit, “an individual with pedophilia has the same ingrained attraction that a heterosexual female may feel towards a male, or a homosexual [person] feels towards their same gender.”
David Finkelhor is not the previously mentioned redditor, but he is a professor of sociology and the director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. According to him, the concept of pedophilia as a sexual orientation is “widely held” among mental health professionals and is “implicit in the definition of pedophilia in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association.”
So what are the implications here when it comes to sexual abuse and child molestation? “It is very important for the public to understand that most child molesters are not pedophiles,” Finkelhor told me over the phone. “[Many people] have the impression, when you talk about someone being a pedophile, that they have a permanent and unalterable sexual interest in children and, therefore, they are going to be dangerous under any circumstances and under any form of management—and that’s not true,” he says, adding that pedophiles constitute a minority of those who sexually abuse children, or who are child molesters.”
I consider characterizing pedophilia and ephebophilia as a pathology, to be a politically motivated pejorative…and not an assertion that can actually be defended.
…Now that we’ve got that out of the way…David Finkelhor, from my experience, is largely reviled within the MAP community…and for plenty of good reason. He spent many, many, many years, being at the forefront of pushing hysteric pseudo science [remember “recovered memory syndrome”?…David played an indispensable role in giving it an aura of legitimacy]…He proved himself to be a “yes” man, for the government, in producing papers and research which backed predetermined social bias [objectivity be damned, wherever it wasn’t wanted]. So much of what really never had a leg to stand on, was given the aura of credibility, by the backing of Finkelhor’s name and position.
He was at the forefront, of child sex abuse [CSA] research…and he is largely responsible, for the skewed form that it takes on, today…As well as for the skewed way “CSA” is looked at, and the broad way it is defined.
…On top of everything else…David has gone on record, admitting that he knows children can have sexual relations, without experiencing harm…but at the same time, he sells everyone involved [child, teen or adult] down the river, openly asserting that society has every right to do with said people, essentially as it pleases.
Dr. David Finkelhor is considered by many a MAP, to be a massive scumbag…And I am amongst that group of MAPs.
I think he deserves to be recognized, in character, amongst the ranks of those German scientists who did the studies, wrote the papers and gave the speeches, that “legitimized” the Jewish holocaust…As do various people of his ilk.
…And this guy was considered, for decades [I believe], to be the primary authority on CSA…And he wielded enormous influence.
That being said…it’s important to note, that even someone like David, will admit that most sexual assault on children is not done by pedophiles.
…If the guy who holds children, teens and MAPs in such contempt, that he wont even recognize our natural rights to our own sexuality, nor to our sexual association, is relenting on a point like this…What does that tell you?
This is a man, who has been demonstrably dangerous towards children, teens and MAPs, because of his aggression towards our sexuality…And even he admits, pedophiles are only a small fraction of the people sexually assaulting children and teens.
…We MAPs often get accused of making this stuff up…But it’s been coming out of the research field, for years…You just have to dig, search and take notes…Over time, the pattern becomes clear…and more and more people start admitting it.