guest0929 wrote:According to the legal definition of pedophilia, YES, you would be a pedophile.
What is the legal definition? I would think that the law would recognize the APA's definition, they are just fast and loose with the word itself. If you mean how the word is used in general society, you'll be hard pressed to find one definition to pin on it.
guest0929 wrote:If you are guy, you can't tell me that you don't find 17 year old girls sexually attractive, but you find 18 year olds sexually attractive.
Well *I* find neither attractive...
guest0929 wrote:So under the legal definition, probably 90% of men are actually pedophiles. Maybe not PRACTICING pedophiles, but in their minds and hearts, they are attracted.
The clinical definition of pedophilia is pre-pubescent (so under say 12 years old or younger). So, in that case, maybe no. Maybe 30-40% of men are actually sexually attracted to little girls, but 60-70% find little girls sexually UNattractive.
So to sum it up:
Yes, most men are pedophiles under the legal definition.
No, most men are not pedophiles under the clinical defintion.
98% of men won't actually act or commit any sexual action towards minors or girls even though most of them find them sexually attractive and would in a fantasy world.
2% of men do act upon their true feelings and try to engage actitivities with girls under 18.
I'm curious to your numbers. What studies can you cite?
guest0929 wrote:And let's not forget, if a 12 year old boy has the hots for a 12 year old girl and he masterbates to her, and tries to physically and sexually pursue her, how is he also not a pedophile??
By definition he's not. He has to be over the age of sixteen before he can be a pedophile. In this scenario I'd assume he's strait rather than a pedophile, but one wouldn't know until he grew older or he told us himself. It took me a few years to sort out the feelings, but I knew I was a pedophile by the time I was thirteen. At that age, my peers and I were attracted to the same age group, however they were not pedophiles (to my knowledge), but merely strait/gay/bisexual/etc. I didn't get around, so I never learned how many people in my school had an interesting take on sexuality like me.
guest0929 wrote:So a 12 year old boy is old enough to be sexually attracted to a 12 year old girl, but all of a sudden an 18 year old guy is supposed to find 12 year old girls unattractive now?
Attraction can form in many different ways, but I'd argue that there is a reason that this generic twelve year old girl is found attractive. She's most likely started to develop secondary sex characteristics that we're told or programmed to like. In that case I see your point, but I wouldn't consider it pedophilia anymore and instead normal attraction (aka. Ephebophilia/Hebophilia).
guest0929 wrote:Like how does that work in the brain?
This isn't my area of expertise.
guest0929 wrote:What I'm saying is that he probably still finds her sexually attractive but now that he's 18, he WON'T act upon it and commit any action to getitng sexually involved with her because of the law.
If he found her physically attractive before, then had her cryogenically frozen until be turned 18, I agree that there's a chance he'll still find her attractive. I don't believe it is a given though. Our tastes and environments can change drastically.
But then again I find teens attractive but very rarely adults, so that could be wrong. It is sort of a sliding scale for me that drops off at adulthood. I see no reason to believe why that couldn't be possible for nonpedophiles in the opposite direction.