Pros And Cons Of Pedophilia

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I accept this debate. I want to begin by saying that Pro hasn't provided a reason why pedophilia is "normal" and has yet to define what they mean by "normal", so for this round, I will assume they mean "natural, as in, not a disorder". I also agree that using pedophilia will not hereafter refer to acting child molesters, only to the attraction itself. Based on that, I will insert the following definition of a Mental Disorder: A mental disorder, also called a mental illness or psychiatric disorder, is a mental or behavioral pattern or anomaly that causes either suffering or an impaired ability to function in ordinary life (disability), and which is not developmentally or socially normative. From there we can see that pedophilia falls under every category in that definition. It is a mental and behavioral pattern (Imagining and seeking out children for sexual gratification), it causes suffering for the pedophile because they know their actions are wrong even if they cannot help it, it impairs their ability to function in ordinary life because their access to the objects of their desire is severely limited and barricaded with strict laws and protective parents, it is not normal in the developmental process of sexual attraction, and it certainly is not normal in civilized society. So by all of these, we can conclude that pedophilia is a mental disorder. If Pro wants a new definition, then let them take it up with the established psychology standards. Pedophilia being a mental
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