We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I recently stopped by a "Different Sexualities" seminar to see what people were talking about. One of the provocative topics was whether pedophilia was a sexual orientation. Some said yes, and some said it was a latent tendency in all males. Another topic addressed rape and sexual violence. Some felt it was a sexual preference, and some claimed it was latent in all males. Sex addiction? There was no agreement about whether it even exists but it was a consensus that the Western bourgeois nuclear family was an unnatural and possibly "unhealthy" artifact of culture, economics, and male power. Also discussed were fetishes (cross-dressing, item fetishes, S&M, exhibitionism). It was made clear at the outset that anything LGBT was normal and would not be discussed to keep the meeting "safe." Whatever. How they could be sure that there were no uncomfortable pedophiles in the room, I do not know.
I can not claim to be able to measure how much "polymorphous perversity" or ordinary perversity might be latent or only partially expressed in a given human, male or female, so I just listened. What struck me most, and discouraged me most, was how politicized it all became, and how quickly complex psychological issues became subsumed under feminist rubrics of "patriarchal hegemony" and "oppression." These do not enlighten, they are just cant.
Contrary to some popular impressions, sexuality is not the central topic in modern Psychology, Psychiatry, or Psychoanalysis. It is just one aspect of who a person is and, generally, we are interested in all aspects of a person.
There are problems with the definitions and legal meanings of words like "pedophilia". Clearly mother nature or god didn't intend for males and females to have sex prior to puberty. Just as clearly mother nature or god DID intend for both males and females to have sex at and beyond puberty. To be consistent with logic and nature pedophilia should be defined as having sex with a child not yet having reached puberty.
Obviously given a modern societies morals and parents wishes it would be reasonable to put restrictions on sexual activities with children past puberty. This should be accomplished without labels like "pedophilia" or worse and be designed to make sense in the real world.
This was obviously not a safe space for bourgeois nuclear families. Do these pedophiles who run the seminar know what they really want? Of course they do. A cursed lot. Perhaps it's time for you to find new friends.
Well, this is pretty convincing. Thanks doc. From now on, I will never be sending me or any of my loved ones to a "mental health professional". The result will be to take a person operating in the normal human range, and f them up even worse. You all are daft.
And yet, you will go to your graves convinced you were ever right, and yet sorely vexed how it all went so badly wrong. There are none so blind as those who will not see.
It sounds like many at that discussion are the same ones constantly pushing the envelope to force us think that all actions previously believed to abnormal and socially deviant are now normal and acceptable. Just look at the perversions the government says are normal behavior and those that don't accept their ideas must be punished.
I really think the destruction of the family is really directed at the church though perhaps unconsciously now. The original model for the bourgeois nuclear family is Joseph, Mary and Jesus. The humiliation of Christianity has been so successful that many don't even realize that anymore.