Date: June 03, 2020
This selection from “In Self Defense: The Life and Times of An Atheist BoyLover…Memoirs and Ethos”, has been narrated by Rocco White. Please enjoy the listen, or read along if you like…or need to.
Pedophilia is a biological [bodily] function.
Mental illness concerns cognitive and emotional dysfunction.
Claiming that pedophilia is a mental illness, is akin to saying someone is mentally ill because their stomach growls when they are hungry…or because they burp and fart “to much”…or sneeze, cough and have a runny nose, when infected by a virus…
There is no conscious thought process which goes into sexual orientation…It’s just an involuntary reflex, which happens whether you want it to or not.
It is absurd to call a mental illness, what in all actuality is the body doing it’s own natural thing.
In addition…what constitutes “mental illness” is a mine field of biased subjectivity, shifting standards and, sometimes, incredibly awful ideas on proper “treatment”.
Don’t get me wrong…pedophiles can go mentally ill…but no sexual orientation is a mental illness, in it’s own right.
Possibly, many outsiders get the wrong idea when MAP’s embrace and promote mental health groups like B4U-ACT. This is not embracing the notion, that “being a pedophile means you are mentally ill”…It merely acknowledges that pedophiles, hebephiles and ephebophiles commonly face life long stressors, which increase the likelihood of any one of us developing a mental illness…And many of us believe strongly, that there should be resources available for any MAP in need of them.
Biological functions can greatly influence mental health…but they are not exactly the same thing.