Dangerous Points of View: It's Natural
Something about this article worries me like a low rumble off toward the horizon:
So, despite society's unjust demonization of them, pedophiles are more common than might be expected, and hey, most of them don't do anything about it... or anything that bad.
Apart from jaw-droppingly contrived statistics with terribly offensive implications, the danger that I see in this is that social trends seem to follow stages. Something that begins as reviled moves into the phase of "understanding," usually with an explanation for the behavior that diminishes the force of social and psychological blocks to that behavior. ("I'm convinced there's a biological component to it," Dr. Bradford said.) This shift in perspective from "acting on this impulse would make me bad" to "I was not strong enough to resist my natural inclination to act on this impulse" increases the frequency (individually and socially) of the behavior. In time, the necessity for that unbearable demand for "strength" comes into question.
Especially if, you know, it's only "gentle fondling."
To be fair, the article doesn't whitewash the horrors of what might be termed "pedophilia gone bad." However, it does end with the explanation that drugs even though pedophiles are not, cannot be, made to take them when out of direct government oversight are an effective treatment. Thus are powerful social/cultural solutions to problems that are problems discarded for the friendlier, more "understanding" pill, all while culpability for action moves further from the individual.
Posted by Justin Katz @ 01:46 PM EST
ELC @ 05/16/2003 03:56 PM EST
GPP @ 05/19/2003 03:02 PM EST