research in the wrong frame
A Short Comment
Comment by Frans E. J. Gieles PhD, The Netherlands; 2016
We all know that most research in this area is processed among convicted en often also incarcerated and clinical samples. Thus, we know that quite one-sided data and conclusions appeared, surely not fit to extrapolate to the whole population of people with pedophile feelings.
Well, here we read,
A lot of research is devoted to answer the
question, ‘How and why could our respondents not control themselves?’
So, here we hear the most normal ‘every-day pedophile’, and not ‘the child molester’ speaking about themselves and their self-control:
[…] But also:
I may contest that the far majority of the Dutch people with pedophile feelings explicitly avoids any sexual contact with any child. This is the leading kind of ethics dominating the Dutch forums in this area.
We say: “the weekly pedophiles” or “the from-Monday-to-Friday-pedophiles”. We strongly point to the crucial difference between the latter and the ‘child molesters’, thus also between pedophilia, feelings and pedo-sexuality, acts.
Thus, we appreciate that those feeling-only people has been asked to speak. We than read that being such a responsible person in society is not easy, that several problems arise – and that the mental health professional help often is experienced as not helping – and that the self-help groups en forums often are able to offer real help.
A negative Comment
The first act I usually perform by reading such articles, is having a look at the references. It shocked me a bit to see a very one-sided list. It is a list concerning offenders and child-molesters, their disorders, and how to control them. Nearly all magazines quoted can be placed within the offender-model.
Quite scarce are the references to literature with authentic stories of ‘pedophiles’ who do not molest or abuse children.
Only Seto (2012) opens a view on ‘pedophilia’ as an orientation instead as a deviance or a criminal act.
research of the stigma, that causes many problems for ‘pedophiles’
and that provokes them to live in secrecy, thus often isolation. No Ipce
with its extensive four libraries,
The Offender Model
Reading the whole text, I have to say that those non-offending, non-etcetera people are viewed in the scope and model of ‘the offender’. I will give here only some examples, but the offender-model can be recognized in the language and concepts used in the whole text.
We read that
“Law enforcement”, “mental health professionals”, “sex offending”, “sex offenders”, “forensic” …
This is the world of the offender-model.
Why didn’t the authors have a look at
< www.pedofilie.nl >,
a forum for people with pedophile feelings who do not want to act?
Viewing pictures, by the respondents of whom nine said that they
cached under the heading “Child Pornography Offending”.
Viewing children on pictures is not the same as offending. ‘Soft porno’, without sexuality, does exist and is seen. Moreover, the rules of what is legal and what is illegal differ quite greatly by state and era.
Have a look at this passage:
Higher risk? This contrasts with both quotes, given here above, with
Having problems – the respondents had problems – is not the same as being deviant in the sense of ‘distorted’ or ‘dangerous’ and ‘inclined to recidivism’.
It is also in contrast with the reported result that
Risk for Developing Pedophilia?
We read in the report:
A “risk” to “develop pedophilia”? Is pedophilia (‘feelings’) a risk that should be avoided? Is this possible?
We read, “early sexual behavior with other minors” – should this be avoided? Isn’t such behavior completely normal between children? Should children be forbidden to have such contacts? Is the latter possible? Desirable?
Here, it seems that the authors have written ‘prevent pedophilia’, knowing that this is not possible – and in my view also not desirable. We may suppose that the authors have wished to prevent pedo-sexuality, which might be prevented and is desirable. Thus, the authors use here – and in other passages of their text – pedophilia (feelings) and pedo-sexuality (acts) as a synonym. Sloppy work!
Short Comment in Short
A renewing view on people with pedophile feelings who massively are willing and able to control themselves … is seen through the spectacles or within the frame of the more familiar ‘good old’ offender-model, just the people that could not control themselves.