A Clockwork Pedophile

I think it goes without saying that pedophilia is among the worst crimes one can commit. But if Abu Graib taught us anything it’s that even some of the worst criminal offenders still deserve to be treated with some compassion. And the 20th century, more than any before it,  showed us what societies are capable of when they start to dehumanize others.

Poland has just passed a new law mandating chemical castration for pedophiles:

Prime Minister Donald Tusk said late last year he wanted obligatory castration for pedophiles, whom he branded ‘degenerates’. Tusk said he did not believe “one can use the term ‘human’ for such individuals, such creatures.”

Where do we draw the line? And how far is going too far in punishing criminals in the name of security? These are not easy questions. This theme has always interested me. In fact, I’m touching on it in a screenplay I’m writing.

I’d think Poland, of all places, would understand the terrible consequences of regarding a group of people as not human or less than human.

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3 Responses to A Clockwork Pedophile

  1. Pedophilia is not a crime, its a sexual orientation. Castrating pedophiles would be very much like castrating heterosexual persons. The law shouldnt target people just for being different.

  2. mjr256 says:

    I’m referring to the act of raping children, not just the sexual desire towards them.

  3. ERY says:

    Kind words are so rare in relation to pedophiles that living for many p. is daily torment. People with this sexuality, even if they have never acted on their romantic feelings and physical attractions, are completely voiceless and get these kinds of messages more often:

    “Kill all those dam freaks by setting them on fire and then watch them writhe in utter AGONY”

    “Someone who hurts a child does not derserve to continue living. We should limit the life span of the pedophile to a non existance. After snuffing out the million or so of deviates, the market should dry up.”

    And this kind of treatment –

    now even concentration camps – see http://www.counterpunch.org/2006/03/04/scapegoats-and-shunning/

    So no wonder some categories of pedophiles are up to 183 times more likely to commit suicide than the general population –
    http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/62072/

    Many such people (exclusive and non-exclusive pedophiles and hebephiles) have done good things and have contributed to society through art, literature, philosophy, social activism. They were not monsters. People like Socrates, Plato, Sappho, Phidias, Donatello, Sa’di, Omar Khayam, Abu Nuwas, Lope de Vega, Novalis, Goethe, Lord Byron, Walt Whitman, John Ruskin, Ernest Dowson, Andre Gide, Thomas Mann, Hermann Hesse, Lewis Carroll, J.M. Barrie, Paul Verlaine, Stephane Mallarme, Paul Gauguin, W.H. Auden, Wilfred Owen, T.E. Lawrence, T.H. White, Paul Eluard, Paul Goodman, William Carlos Williams, Odysseus Elytis, Benjamin Britten, Tschaikovsky, Proust, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Gandhi, Allen Ginsberg…..

    If that surprises you, these studies about the prevalence of pedophilic attractions among men (most of whom maybe manage to deny and repress them) are interesting:

    http://mhamic.org/sources/halletal.htm

    Hall, G.C.N., Hirschman, R., & Oliver, L.L., “Sexual Arousal and Arousability to Pedophilic Stimuli in a Community Sample of Normal Men,” Behavior Therapy, vol. 26, 1995, pp. 681-694.

    Hall and colleagues describe their finding that according to both self-reports and physiological measurements, over 25% of the men in their sample of volunteers were sexually aroused by pre-pubescent girls at a level equal to or greater than their arousal to adult women.

    http://mhamic.org/sources/smiljanich&briere.htm

    Smiljanich, K. & Briere, J., “Self-reported sexual interest in children: Sex differences and psychosocial correlates in a university sample,” Violence & Victims, vol. 11, no. 1, 1996, pp. 39-50.

    Kathy Smiljanich and John Briere report that 22% of their sample of male college students admitted some attraction to children (although the word child was not defined). Four percent admitted having a sexual fantasy involving a child in the past year, and 3% admitted they might have sex with a child if they were assured it would not be detected or punished.

    So, we are talking about many millions of people in this country and in the world. And they may be your brothers, sisters, your father, your mother, your son or your daughter. People usually discover their sexuality in early puberty. Only love can create a compassionate and nonviolent world.

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