Controversial Ideas 2022, 2(1), 3; doi: 10.35995/jci02010003
The Pedophile as a Human Being: An Autoethnography for the Recognition of a Marginalized Sexual Orientation
Received: 28 May 2021 / Revised: 2 Apr 2022 / Accepted: 4 Apr 2022 / Published: 29 Apr 2022
By the general public and in the media, pedophilia as a sexual orientation is systematically confused with sexual abuse of minors. Neurological research supports the idea that pedophilia is an innate sexual orientation, and that is how pedophiles, in the sense of ‘minor-attracted persons,’ experience it themselves. The stigma attached to pedophilia as a sexual orientation ensures that pedophiles live in emotional isolation and that young people with pedophilic feelings have nowhere to turn with their doubts and fears. However, pedophiles are not destined to abuse children, and more openness about living with pedophilia can actually prevent child sexual abuse. In this article, based on an autoethnography, I want to provide more insight into what it means to grow up and live with a pedophilic orientation, and I want to make a case for turning the pedophile into a human being again.
Keywords: pedophilia; paedophilia; minor-attracted person; sexual identity; sexual orientation; autoethnography
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