Pedophilia Essay

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“ individual with [pedophilia] has the same ingrained attraction that a heterosexual female may feel towards a male, or a homosexual feels towards their same gender.” (Johnston, Pg. 1). Pedophilia - “the fantasy or act of sexual activity with children who are generally age 13 years or younger” (American Psychiatric Association, p.1) - a word that holds multiple negative connotations, is often seen as aberrant thought process or behavior, and is under debate as to whether or not it’s a sexual orientation. But can it be considered a sexual orientation? As a member of the LGBT community, this issue has surfaced among us and shocked the majority. Pedophilia is under consideration for being a sexual orientation, however, it completely avoids the logistics of the words sexual orientation when people classify it as such. Sexual orientation is a person's sexual identity in relation to the gender to which they are attracted; the fact of being heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual. Sexual orientation has a large spectrum because of the wide variety of genders but doesn’t correspond to the features or age group of those genders, that’s slightly too specific to be under the classification. Pedophilia has no connection to sexual identity. It may relate to the gender of a said child, but, it’s going beyond the meaning of sexual orientation. The pedophilic person in question may be heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual but that doesn’t correspond to the person's sexual interest being solely in children. As the person under observation would be attracted to a male, female, or non-binary genders, going into the depths of what age group or the features they’re attracted to would be under the category of a fixation or fetish rather th... ... middle of paper ... ...xual attraction to any certain thing pertaining to that person, rather than a sexual orientation - relating only to someone’s sex or gender. Overall, I believe this is a very controversial topic, I do enjoy viewing other perspectives, and am fully aware of others arguing against it but, when examining the words you’re using to classify pedophilia you must further your research than just a simple “pedophilia is a sexuality because pedophiles are attracted to children the way we are a specific gender,” and completely ignore the break-down of the words you're using to compare it to, especially with such a vexed topic. Although in theory, just calling pedophilia a sexual orientation makes it easier on psychiatrists or even pedophiles as a way to “pinpoint” what it is, it doesn’t work out through further analysis and is seemingly too specific to be a sexual orientation.

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