Day 472: Is Pedophilia a Mental Condition?

Using the same tactics used by “gay” rights activists, pedophiles have begun to seek similar status arguing their desire for children is a sexual orientation no different than heterosexual or homosexuals.
Critics of the homosexual lifestyle have long claimed that once it became acceptable to identify homosexuality as simply an “alternative lifestyle” or sexual orientation, logically nothing would be off limits. “Gay” advocates have taken offense at such a position insisting this would never happen. However, psychiatrists are now beginning to advocate redefining pedophilia in the same way homosexuality was redefined several years ago.
In 1973 the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. A group of psychiatrists with B4U-Act recently held a symposium proposing a new definition of pedophilia in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders of the APA.
B4U-Act  calls pedophiles “minor-attracted people.” The organization’s website states its purpose is to, “help mental health professionals learn more about attraction to minors and to consider the effects of stereotyping, stigma and fear.” - Pat Dollard

So, it has finally come: the question of whether pedophilia, like homosexuality, should be classified as a sexual orientation as opposed to a mental condition. I use homosexuality as a point of comparison simply because it has been used by the group advocating this change in the article and website linked above.

Psychologists, doctors, psychiatrists and all other medical professions have no idea what makes someone a pedophile (or what causes any other mental disorder known either) - essentially there are a lot of guesses, theories and hypotheses, but in the end, no one knows. The most well accepted explanations are usually the ones suggesting that there is a little bit of everything involved in the cause: behavioural, environmental, genetic, parenting, schooling, particular experiences, social etc.

Declassifying pedophilia as a mental disorder will basically be the same as stating that pedophiles are the way they are simply because they were "born that way" and that no one is responsible for this happening and neither is anyone able to control or change the nature of such a person. The websites in the links above mainly discuss and/or advocate that persons attracted to minors be "de-stigmatized" so as to be able to live their lives as would any other - they do not actually state that pedophiles should be allowed to engage in sexual activities with minors. The B4U-ACT website basically wants Minor Attracted People (MAPs) to be recognized as having a particular sexual orientation, like heterosexuality and homosexuality and be able to live with the acceptance of society by not being discriminated against.

Accepting pedophilia as a sexual orientation forms a part of the ultimate acceptance of the world and our society the way it is. By believing that we have no control or responsibility over our thoughts or feelings we are giving ourselves unlimited free passes to do all kinds of things - because we can just blame our nature afterwards.

Taking responsibility for ourselves is difficult - probably one of the most difficult things that any person could do as we are brought up by and into a society that promotes the complete disregard of self responsibility and a total disrespect for other beings. Essentially, we're selfish people who believe - nay, feel entitled to - do whatever we want, because it is in our nature.

We are constantly putting our faith in some other idea, entity or profession. We give ourselves over to religion so that God can be responsible. We give ourselves over to the findings of scientists so that we can blame nature. The idea that we are wholly responsible for ourselves causes a shock that is palpable - it is something we simply do not want to hear. We do not want to hear that those nasty thoughts we have inside us are a reflection of who we are as who we choose to be in every moment. We do not want to hear that the fantasies we have inside us are really our own creation that exist only because our our willing and active participation within them.

Even movies do nothing but promote how completely powerless we are to our natures, that we "cannot help how we feel" and "cannot help how we think". So long as we believe these things, things like pedophilia will exist.