Friday, August 1, 2014

Why not just keep quiet?

In my previous post I suggested that it is very hard to tell people online that you are a celibate pedophile without getting a strong negative reaction. I speculated that when people hear you use the term, they assume you are up to no good. You can say forcefully or calmly that you are celibate, that you will always be celibate, that you have no desire to change any laws, and that you hate child molesters as much as they do. But it still doesn't do much good.

I have occasionally run into people who do seem to take in the message but then reply, "So why are you saying this? Why don't you keep it to yourself and do something productive with your time instead of talking about such an unpleasant subject?" They can understand why a pedophile would try to drum up support for lower age of consent laws, and they would savagely condemn him and oust him from whatever conversation is going on. But otherwise, what's the point?

We pedophiles do not disappear when you stop thinking about us. We're still here. We are hated so much that we keep our identities hidden. Since we must stay hidden, the only pedophiles you know are the criminals among us, and hatred of them is generalized to us all. It is a tightly closed, vicious circle.

A new way to look at a celibate pedophile who announces himself online is that he is taking one small step to try to break that circle. The revelation may seem strange, coming out of the blue. But he is not just trying to stir up controversy or cause trouble. If enough pedophiles do start announcing themselves, it will become more accepted.

He may not be asking for anything at all, just the willingness to be known and accepted. An anonymous environment is a place to start. People like to be known for who they truly are and not feel the need to keep a secret which is central to their self-concept. But of course there are some important changes a pedophile might want to society, starting with an ability to get psychological help without worrying about mandated reporting, and he might talk about some of those things.

The groundwork for those changes is people at large coming to view celibate pedophiles as real people who aren't so very different from them.

Celibate pedophiles do sometimes "come out" to friends and family. Sometimes it goes well and sometimes it does not. When it goes well it is still a secret shared within a very small group. But if attitudes started to soften a little, more could come out and they could come out to more people. Ordinary folks when conversing might realize that they both know a celibate pedophile. Perhaps at some point celibate pedophilia could be as accepted as being gay is today -- which is of course still very far from ideal, but sounds like an unattainable dream to pedophiles.



3 comments:

  1. In his fascinating and difficult "History of Sexuality", Michel Foucault spoke of the 'incitement to discourse'. At some level, this can be described as the social production of 'sexuality' - something that does not exist outside of culture is brought into existence by the very fact of it being spoken of.

    So there is the sense that discourses in society that problematize certain aspects of sexuality (such as masturbation, female promiscuity, child sexuality, homosexuality and paedophilia) actually bring those very 'perversions' into consciousness. Before the 18th century, nobody thought or spoke much about childhood masturbation, then suddenly it is a medical and moral crisis.

    Eventually the fuss died down and, only very recently actually, some people are beginning to see sense on this matter. In the 19th century it was men having loving or sexual relations with other men. This had been forbidden before, but until this time the behaviour had not been attached to a particular population. Then, almost overnight, the 'homosexual' came into being, and not in a good way. 100 years later and it's our turn. 50 years ago, few people had heard the term 'paedophile', now I wonder if I'll ever read another newspaper without seeing the word in headlines.

    So speaking about ourselves isn't a decision we make, it's simple physics.

    Here's the SparkNotes: http://www.sparknotes.com/philosophy/histofsex/section8.rhtml

    Bloom

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  2. In many ways, how Paedofilia is generally regarded within a society is a reflection on that society. It goes for every other persecuted minority. For sure we need a clear line on child - adult sexual relationships, and this is reflected by the law.
    People who are sexually attracted to children need to be allowed and encouraged to discuss and express this part of themselves in a constructive and positive manner whilst remaining legal, without prejudice. The alternative is to watch a culture of paedophilia exist and spread underground in an environment that is relatively largely ungoverned.

    It is indeed a thought crime. One does not think about it. One is not allowed to think about it, regardless of one having feelings & thoughts that may be involuntary. That is why paedophiles continue not to have the option to deal with their issues other than on their own & / or illegally.

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  3. I'm not sure if mandatory reporting exists in my country (Poland) but still I'd be too afraid to discuss pedophilia with a psychiatrist because of this hatred towards all pedophiles (even celibate ones). Even though homosexual people are much more accepted than in the past, they're still often persecuted, sometimes by individual people. Of course, we, pedophiles, are hated even more. I think that many ordinary people just hate everyone who is considered not so ordinary. That doesn't necessarily correspond to sexuality. It can be everything that is weird that will make us loathed.
    Paweł C, celibate pedophile from Poland

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