Pedophilia vs Homosexuality

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  • Nandini Ajay Kumar
    Nandini Ajay Kumar   May 28, 2017 12:50 AM

    Homosexuality means having an attraction towards the same sex. It is completely normal as we are all adults and have the right to choose who we feel for and who we don't and freedom to express our sexual identity. Paedophilia, on the other hand, can be defined as a psychiatric disorder in which an adult or older adolescent experiences a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children, which actually means there is a strong sexual desire of a person who is older more than 5 years to the person he/she is attracted to. According to many psychologists, this is not considered to be normal as they older adult is not in his control and his acting out of his strong sexual desire.On the part of the child, he or she is naive and is unaware of what is happening with him. Both of them are unaware of what is right and what is wrong and it can have serious negative consequences for both. This has no consent and no choice and can lead to serious abusive and violent form of sexual behaviour.



  • Arushi Adhikari
    Arushi Adhikari   May 24, 2017 08:27 AM

    Pedophilia and homosexuality are two way different terms. Pedophilia is a psychiatric disorder in which an adult or older adolescent experiences a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children, which actually means there is a strong sexual desire of a person who is older more than 5 years to the person he/she is attracted to. Whereas homosexuality is attraction towards the person of the same sex.

    It's true that pedophilia is considered a mental stress because it is fantasy of a person which is actually very strong and they want to acquire it at any cost, this strong desire of a person actually leads to mental stress. For fulfilling their desire the person might cross his limit and lead to crime. In this disorder the strong sexual desire of a person may lead to rape, child sexual abuse and other such crimes this is the reason it is considered a sick stage for a person where they cannot distinguish between wrong and right, and the person is so impatient that they can't even control their feelings.

    This disorder is due to these possible reasons, disturbed mental state, any other emotional trauma or the feeling of revenge and it might be possible that the person had been cheated in past and now the repressed feelings are might coming out in the form of strong sexual desire.

    Whereas homosexuality is considered normal because it doesn't take a wild form, it is love or the feeling of attraction towards the same sex, in this the person is in his senses and know what is wrong and right. Pedophilia is actually leading to sexual abuse which needs to be stop, people should try to control themselves and their feelings as it can destroy the life of other person. 

  • Yachika Chugh
    Yachika Chugh   May 24, 2017 08:17 AM
    Pedophilia is defined as the fantasy or act of sexual activity with children who are generally age 13 years or younger. Pedophiles are usually men and can be attracted to either or both sexes.
    Homosexuality is sexual attraction between members of the same sex. Still scientists don't know the exact reason for it but they believe that this is caused by complex interplay of genetic, hormonal and environmental influences and is not a choice. 
    According to me why pedophilia is a disorder and homosexuality is normal is because homosexuals engage in sexual activities with adults which is okay and normal. But pedophilic have sexual desires and feelings for children of 13 yrs or younger which is not right and morally correct. Moreover pedophillics according to one research have IQs of low 90s which is below average but this is not the case in Homosexuals they are just like every other normal person they are only different in one thing that they feel attached and are interested in same sex. I guess that is the reason why pedophilia is a mental disorder and homosexuality is normal.
  • Swayamprava Pati
    Swayamprava Pati   May 23, 2017 10:22 PM

    The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders defines pedophilia as an intense and recurrent sexual interest in prepubescent children, and a disorder if it causes a person “marked distress or interpersonal difficulty” or if the person acts on his interests.

    In 2013 the APA released their fifth edition of their DSM manual In this edition they introduced the concept of paraphilic disorder, which applies to all the paraphilias described in the manual up until then, among which we count pedophilia. With this change, psychiatrists acknowledge that the paraphilia itself does not require or justify any psychiatric treatment in and of itself, and an individual is considered to have a paraphilic disorder if it causes the individual significant impairment or distress, or if acting on it has caused personal harm or risk of harm to others.

    Applying this to pedophilia, one is considered to have pedophilic disorder if and only if being a pedophile is causing the individual marked distress or if he has acted on it in a way that has the potential to cause harm to himself or others. Given that sexually interacting with children entails a great risk of causing harm to the child, a pedophile that acts on his attractions is considered to have pedophilic disorder whether they suffer distress from the condition or not. Therefore, if a pedophile has come to learn to accept his condition without suffering because of it and refrains from acting on it, he is not considered to have any kind of psychiatric disorder.

    The American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the National Association of Social Workers state:

    “In 1952, when the American Psychiatric Association published its first Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, homosexuality was included as a disorder. Almost immediately, however, that classification began to be subjected to critical scrutiny in research funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

    That study and subsequent research consistently failed to produce any empirical or scientific basis for regarding homosexuality as a disorder or abnormality, rather than a normal and healthy sexual orientation. As results from such research accumulated, professionals in medicine, mental health, and the behavioral and social sciences reached the conclusion that it was inaccurate to classify homosexuality as a mental disorder and that the DSM classification reflected untested assumptions based on once-prevalent social norms and clinical impressions from unrepresentative samples comprising patients seeking therapy and individuals whose conduct brought them into the criminal justice system.

    In recognition of the scientific evidence, the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from the DSM in 1973, stating that "homosexuality per se implies no impairment in judgment, stability, reliability, or general social or vocational capabilities." After thoroughly reviewing the scientific data, the American Psychological Association adopted the same position in 1975, and urged all mental health professionals "to take the lead in removing the stigma of mental illness that has long been associated with homosexual orientations." The National Association of Social Workers has adopted a similar policy.

    Thus, mental health professionals and researchers have long recognized that being homosexual poses no inherent obstacle to leading a happy, healthy, and productive life, and that the vast majority of gay and lesbian people function well in the full array of social institutions and interpersonal relationships."

  • Aparna Kanmani
    Aparna Kanmani   May 23, 2017 10:05 PM

    That's an interesting question. What defines normal and abnormal is only the tolerance and acceptance level in the society.

    Years ago homosexuality was considered a disorder. But now multi coloured filters filled our social media.

    I am not advocating here that paedophilia is just a question of acceptability, let me be clear.  If you look deeper, there is a thin line of difference to be understood.

    Although both Homosexuality (Preference for arousal from same sex partner) and Paedophilia (Preference for sexual arousal from pre-pubertal child) are preferences in sexual orientation, it is far away from the concept of abuse.

    Abuse is the action where the person physically dominates the other sexually. But a preference is like a fetish that brings arousal in a sexual relationship.

    So for a paedophile even a mental picture of a child can bring arousal and pleasure.


    After years of struggle and a number of deaths, homosexuality is now accepted.

    One of the main reason was because is a consented relationship between two people with similar preferences. Consider a paedophile in the same sense.

    Children are no object of sex and are not of an age that they can make decisions about preference or consent. And you can’t trick the mind for long.

    It would not be long enough before a paedophile turns into a child abuser. Not considering Paedophilia as a mental illness is indirectly welcoming child abusers into our society.

  • vineeta singh
    vineeta singh   May 23, 2017 09:48 PM

    Pedophilia is a psychiatric disorder in which an adult or older adolescent experience a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children. Although girls typically begin the process of puberty at age 10 or 11 and boys at age 11 or 12,criteria for pedophilia extend the cut-off point for prepubescence to age 13.a person who is diagnosed with pedophilia must be at least five years older than the prepubescent child, for attraction to be diagnose,pdophilia.

    If you get mad at someone and for a moment feel like hitting them (but don’t actually do it)-no problem. If you constantly think about beating up people-problem.

    Similarly, if you look at a17 year old and think he /she are really gorgeous and even have sexual thoughts (but no acts) and then forget about it, no problem. But if that happens with 6 years old or if it happens all the time or you constantly think about it, then it’s a problem.

    Homosexuality on the other hand involves consenting adults and therefore is not a disorder at all (even if it’s acted on).

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