Y’know, sort of like a hobby, only weird but not necessarily harmful.
From Liberty Counsel (bolds are mine throughout this post):
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has changed the definition of pedophilia again. In the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V) of Mental Disorders, the APA changed the classification of pedophilia from a “disorder” to a “sexual orientation,” but following the public outcry, APA released a statement that it was a mistake. “‘Sexual orientation’ is not a term used in the diagnostic criteria for pedophilic disorder, and its use in the DSM-5 text discussion is an error and should read ‘sexual interest.’”
Whether it is classified a “sexual orientation” or a “sexual interest,” any effort to legitimize pedophilia will provide pederasts with all the arguments they need to remove age of consent laws, and children will suffer.
Here’s the full text of the APA statement:
APA Statement on DSM-5 Text Error
Pedophilic disorder text error to be corrected
The American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) has recently been published after a comprehensive multi-year research and review of all of its diagnostic categories.
In the case of pedophilic disorder, the diagnostic criteria essentially remained the same as in DSM-IV-TR. Only the disorder name was changed from “pedophilia” to “pedophilic disorder” to maintain consistency with the chapter’s other disorder listings.
“Sexual orientation” is not a term used in the diagnostic criteria for pedophilic disorder and its use in the DSM-5 text discussion is an error and should read “sexual interest.” In fact, APA considers pedophilic disorder a “paraphilia,” not a “sexual orientation.” This error will be corrected in the electronic version of DSM-5 and the next printing of the manual.
APA stands firmly behind efforts to criminally prosecute those who sexually abuse and exploit children and adolescents. We also support continued efforts to develop treatments for those with pedophilic disorder with the goal of preventing future acts of abuse.
“Paraphilia” is “a type of mental disorder characterized by a preference for or obsession with unusual sexual practices, as pedophilia, sadomasochism, or exhibitionism.”
In 1999, an APA journal published a “study of studies” article which was in essence an effort to tell readers that pedophilia really isn’t all that bad, and is sometimes might even be helpful to its victims.
That article, subsequently withdrawn, became especially notable because former Ohio Governor but then Congressman Ted Strickland refused to go along with a unanimous Congressional majority to condemn the APA article and the APA itself for publishing it. He voted “Present.”
Strickland then went further. A full week later, he bitterly condemned his colleagues in a one-minute House floor speech. Incredibly, Strickland claimed that that each and every one of the resolution’s supporters were guilty of “criticiz(ing) people that we have no right to criticize,” and that they all had violated the Commandment proscribing “bear(ing) false witness against your neighbor.”
Here’s how I interpret the latest APA episode:
- The “clerical error” excuse doesn’t fly. It slipped in the “sexual orientation” language and hoped no one would notice it.
- APA’s back-off, in appearance unequivocal, leaves the door slightly ajar for those who wish to claim that though pedophilia is a “disorder,” it should not be treated as an illegal “sexual interest” (just as the other disorders listed with the paraphilia definition often or usually aren’t) if there is “consent.”
- With the “illegal disorder” claim weakened, NAMBLA may choose to argue in court that disordered behavior shouldn’t necessarily be illegal behavior if they can demonstrate consent. Of course, “consent” is supposed to be an irrelevant concept for children younger than 18, but NAMBLA may either try to claim that it’s not relevant if the disorder itself shouldn’t be illegal, or that consent “documented” in some way passes muster regardless of age.
In the end, NAMBLA seems to come out of this slightly stronger, and civilized society slightly weaker.