Category Archives: Research

Important works of research

Study: Pornography Is Not A ‘Public Health Crisis’…


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Date: January 14, 2020

01) Enochian: Porn is Not a Public Health Crisis

“The movement to declare pornography a public health crisis is rooted in an ideology that is antithetical to many core values of public health promotion and is a political stunt, not reflective of best available evidence,” the study, authored by Dr. Kimberly M. Nelson and Dr. Emily F. Rothman, reads.”

02) Study: Pornography Is Not A ‘Public Health Crisis’

“Researchers cited the following reasons for their conclusion: porn use has increased incrementally over time, and has never seen a sudden surge or reached a “tipping point.” Furthermore, it does not “directly or imminently” cause death, disease, property destruction, and population displacement. Porn also does not put a strain on local or national health systems.

On the contrary, the research team say that porn largely has varying effects on its users. Some will be negatively influenced by it, but the vast majority will see no real negative consequences from consuming porn. Surprisingly, they even say that some regular users even benefit from their habit…

“Moreover, pathologizing any form of sexual behavior, including pornography use, has the potential to restrict sexual freedom and to stigmatize, which is antithetical to public health,” the study concludes.”

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Heraclitus’ River and Recent Advances in Criminal Psychology…


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Date: January 13, 2020

01) Heraclitus’ River and Recent Advances in Criminal Psychology

“Among the most widespread misconceptions about sexual offending is the idea that every individual with pedophilic sexual interests is a child sexual abuser and every child sexual abuser is someone exhibiting pedophilic sexual preferences. In fact, less than 40% of sexual offenders against children can be considered to exhibit actual pedophilic preferences (e.g., Schmidt, Mokros, & Banse, 2013; Seto, 2009). Historically, most research on sexual interest in children has been based on convicted child sexual abusers, which may have biased these estimates – potentially many non-offending individuals with pedophilic preferences could be living their lives with no need of concern from the criminal justice system. Only recently, research has turned to individuals with pedophilic interest from non-forensic community populations (e.g., Cantor & McPhail, 2016; Dombert et al., 2016). Based on the abovementioned stereotype, men with pedophilic sexual interests are among the most stigmatized group in the field of mental disorders (Jahnke, Imhoff, & Hoyer, 2015). Specifically, stigmatization of men with pedophilic sexual interests is probably the only stigma in the field of stigma research that is regarded as socially desirable behavior (Imhoff, 2015). In the present Special Section, Jahnke (2018) gives a thoughtful overview on the counterintuitive repercussions that are linked to stigmatization of individuals with sexual interest in children and their perception of stigmatization stress. Jahnke’s intriguing focal idea is based on the notion that stigmatization stress is indirectly linked to increased risk of future child sexual abuse. So, people who stigmatize pedophilic sexual interest, equating it with child sexual abuse, run the risk of creating the very outcomes they profess to condemn.”

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Students Want Professor Fired for Writing About ‘Pederasty’ but University of Texas Says It’s Protected Speech…


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December 26, 2019

01) Students Want Professor Fired for Writing About ‘Pederasty’ but University of Texas Says It’s Protected Speech

Thanks to feinmann0!

“A group of students at the University of Texas are calling for the firing of a classics professor who has written extensively on “pederasty”—socially acknowledged romantic relationships between adult men and teen boys—in ancient Greece.

Students claim Thomas Hubbard’s academic work “advocates for violent crime against teen boys” and is being celebrated in online communities that promote pedophilia. In writings reviewed by The Austin American-Stateman, which first reported on the clash, the professor of classics at UT’s College of Liberal Arts calls physical relationships between men and boys in ancient societies a “proper learning experience.”

Separately, in 2010, Hubbard reportedly wrote an article analyzing sexual consent among young boys in antiquity, calling current age of consent laws a “sad by-product” of a “naive and self-righteous era” comparable to prohibition.

“Contemporary American legislation premised on children’s incapacity to ‘consent’ to sexual relations stems from outmoded gender constructions and ideological preoccupations of the late Victorian and Progressive Era,” Hubbard reportedly wrote in the peer-reviewed journal Thymos: Boyhood Studies. “We should consider a different ‘age of consent’ for boys and girls.”

Thomas Hubbard has reportedly called age of consent laws a “sad by-product” of a “self-righteous era.” Students say his work “advocates for violent crime against teen boys.”

University spokesperson Shilpa Bakre told The Daily Beast on Thursday “the university condemns ideas or world views that exploit or harm individuals” but that “the study of controversial and even offensive ideas is protected by academic freedom and the First Amendment—as is the right of others to strongly disagree with and draw attention to those ideas.”

Those poor, poor, feeble minded students!…

…Their triggered moral outrage must be a terrible, unimaginable burden to bare!

How dare they have to hear or contemplate, anything they’ve never had to hear or contemplate on a controversial matter?

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…idiots.

It’s extremely good that the college did not meekly submit to these idiots…a rare example of some degree of integrity.

It sounds like these feeble minded students don’t even know, what they are getting in a huff over.

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[New Book] Steven Angelides: The Fear of Child Sexuality – Young People, Sex, and Agency…

Date: August 19, 2019

01) The Fear of Child Sexuality – Young People, Sex, and Agency

“Continued public outcries over such issues as young models in sexually suggestive ads and intimate relationships between teachers and students speak to one of the most controversial fears of our time: the entanglement of children and sexuality. In this book, Steven Angelides confronts that fear, exploring how emotional vocabularies of anxiety, shame, and even contempt not only dominate discussions of youth sexuality but also allow adults to avoid acknowledging the sexual agency of young people. Introducing case studies and trends from Australia, the United Kingdom, and North America, he challenges assumptions on a variety of topics, including sex education, age-of-consent laws, and sexting. Angelides contends that an unwillingness to recognize children’s sexual agency results not in the protection of young people but in their marginalization.”

02) On Google Play

“Steven Angelides is affiliated with the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health, and Society at La Trobe University and is an honorary senior research fellow in the Department of Modern History, Politics, and International Relations at Macquarie University. He is the author of A History of Bisexuality, also published by the University of Chicago Press.”

03) WorldCat

If you like sick jokes, maybe it’s because you’re just so smart…


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Date: August 19, 2019

01) If you like sick jokes, maybe it’s because you’re just so smart

“Understanding jokes requires a certain amount of mental agility, psychologists tell us, because you need to recognise a sudden shift in meaning, or appreciate the blending of odd contexts that don’t normally go together. A new study in the journal Cognitive Processing has tested whether intelligence plays the same role in the appreciation of sick or black humour: the kind of jokes that make light of death, illness and the vulnerable. Consistent with past research linking intelligence with joke appreciation, the participants who most liked cartoons based on black humour also scored highest on verbal and non-verbal IQ.”

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The truth about paedophilia…


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…. Many of the things expressed in this Sub-Blog, I’ve addressed any number of times over the years. I don’t wish to analyze every video, etc., but I do find it valuable to share these kinds of video, etc., even if I disagree substantially with any of it…It’s important to acknowledge and embrace, that there are people out there, who are engaged in levelheaded discussion about “pedophiles”. – Steve

Date: May 15, 2019

01) The truth about paedophilia

02) MP3 Download



“It’s scary to learn, but sexual attraction to children is a lot more common than most people realise.

Not everyone with that problem will meet with the clinical definition for paedophilia, but the attraction is there nevertheless.

So what separates a would-be abuser from an abuser?

Today’s episode is part one of a two part special where we speak to three men who say they’ve never offended but struggle with the attraction they feel towards children.

We also ask an expert about exactly how common attraction to children is, and what it is that makes people more likely to act on it.

Featured:

Dr Kelly Richards, Criminologist, Queensland University of Technology

Anonymous celibate paedophiles”

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Is Pedophilia a Sexual Orientation?…


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Date: May 06, 2019

01) Is Pedophilia a Sexual Orientation?

“In this article, I address the question of whether pedophilia in men can be construed as a male sexual orientation, and the implications for thinking of it in this way for scientific research, clinical practice, and public policy. I begin by defining pedophilia and sexual orientation, and then compare pedophilia (as a potential sexual orientation with regard to age) to sexual orientations with regard to gender (heterosexuality, bisexuality, and homosexuality), on the bases of age of onset, correlations with sexual and romantic behavior, and stability over time. I conclude with comments about the potential social and legal implications of conceptualizing pedophilia as a type of sexual orientation in males. – Michael C Seto – University of Ottawa”

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The “Dunkelfeld“ Project for Self-Identified Pedophiles: A Reappraisal of its Effectiveness…


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Date: April 09, 2019

01) [The Journal of Sexual Medicine] The “Dunkelfeld“ Project for Self-Identified Pedophiles: A Reappraisal of its Effectiveness

“Abstract
Introduction

The “Dunkelfeld” project offers pharmacologic treatment and psychotherapy to self-referred pedophilic patients in an anonymous way.
Aim

To provide a re-assessment focusing on the crucial time × group interaction (ie, the treatment effect).
Methods

A recent study reported on the effectiveness of the “Dunkelfeld” program based on intermediate data of a treatment group (TG; n = 53) and a waiting-list control group (CG; n = 22). With psychological indicators, it was concluded that the therapy program changed dynamic risk factors that are associated with sexually offending against children. Although based on an independent groups pre-post design, the original report includes within-group pre- and post-comparisons only, as well as between-group comparisons at the pre- and post-treatment stages. In the current study, an effect size index was computed that compares the change occurring in both groups (TG and CG) with each other (Morris d). Moreover, 95% CI of d were calculated.
Main Outcome Measures

The analyses were limited to 12 dynamic risk factors pertaining to emotional dysfunction, offense-supportive attitudes, sexual dysregulation, impression management, and 2 types of delinquent behavior, including recent behavior related to sexual offenses against children and recent use of child sexual abuse images.
Results

All 14 indicators showed weak treatment effects at most, with a median d of 0.30. None of the effect sizes was statistically significant (ie, in every case the 95% CI included 0). Further methodologic concerns include a familywise error rate close to 1 and too little statistical power to identify potential effects.
Clinical Implications

As far as dynamic risk factors are concerned, the data do not show that treatment within the “Dunkelfeld” program leads to any reduction of the proneness to commit sexual offenses against children.
Strengths & Limitations

The current study adds crucial information lacking in the original analysis. Because the re-appraisal has the same limited statistical power as the original study, the current results are tentative in the sense that the possibility of the program being effective cannot be ruled out. A further limitation is that not all of the dynamic risk factors chosen as indicators of possible treatment success have been established as relevant for sexual (re-)offending in prior empirical studies.
Conclusions

The outcome emphasizes the notion that independent groups pretest-posttest designs should be analyzed based on the treatment × time interaction.

Mokros A, Banse R. The “Dunkelfeld“ Project for Self-Identified Pedophiles: A Reappraisal of its Effectiveness. J Sex Med 2019;XX:XXX–XXX.
Key Words
Pedophilia
Sexual Offenses Against Children
Independent Groups Pretest-Posttest Design
Morris d
Effect Size”

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OxRisk Risk Calculators…


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Date: February 21, 2019

01) OxRisk

“OxRisk is a project by the Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology group at the University of Oxford.

We have developed four freely available web-based risk calculators:

OxRec – Risk of Recidivism Tool, also available in Swedish, and Greek

OxMIV – Mental Illness and Violence Tool, also available in Greek

OxMIS – Mental Illness and Suicide Tool

FoVOx – Forensic Psychiatry and Violence Tool”

These were meant for people who’ve been formerly incarcerated, who have schizophrenia or a bipolar disorder…and/or who’ve been hospitalized for mental issues…

…I’m disqualified from taking any of these…I’m so wonderful, that I’ve never been to prison…and I don’t have any mental illness…

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McPhail: attraction to children normal in childhood…


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Date: January 16, 2019

01) McPhail: attraction to children normal in childhood

02) More on Age of Onset of Attractions and Sexual Development in Pedohebephilic Individuals: Response to Tozdan and Briken (2018)

“Ian McPhail writes in the article:

“(…) most everyone, teleiophilic, pedophilic, hebephilic, etc., is attracted to children at some point in their lives, notably, when we are children and are attracted to our peers.”

I’ve often thought, and sometimes even said…that I think pedophilic sexual attraction is likely the most common form, of early, primal, sexual attraction…

…It just happens for most of us, when we are really early in life…and for some reason, most people tend to find adults more sexually pleasing, as they get older…

…Not sure if that means earlier sexual attractions fade away…But, they clearly can take a back seat…at least for some people.

It makes me wonder…how many of the people who’ve had sex with other children while a child themselves, were mostly doing such because the other children were the only viable options available…versus how many just never, ever wanted to have sex with an adult…and were credibly experiencing the pinnacle of their own sex life, as a child, themselves.

My sexual experiences with others as a boy, were largely nothing to rave about…Yet, I view myself as having been soundly in the latter group.

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