America’s tough anti-pedophilia laws are unfair to pedophiles, and in a sense “pedophobic”, according to an op-ed published by The New York Times’ editors.
Editor Margo Kaplan, an entrepreneurial assistant law professor at Rutgers University, and a former lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, starts the article titled “Pedophilia: A Disorder, Not a Crime” by writing:
“THINK back to your first childhood crush. Maybe it was a classmate or a friend next door. Most likely, through school and into adulthood, your affections continued to focus on others in your approximate age group.
But imagine if they did not.
By some estimates, 1 percent of the male population continues, long after puberty, to find themselves attracted to prepubescent children. These people are living with pedophilia, a sexual attraction to prepubescents that often constitutes a mental illness.”
Kaplan continued by expressing how the system is failing pedophiles and that pedophiles are born that way:
“Part of this failure stems from the misconception that pedophilia is the same as child molestation” Kaplan said
“A second misconception is that pedophilia is a choice. Recent research, while often limited to sex offenders – because of the stigma of pedophilia – suggests that the disorder may have neurological origins. Pedophilia could result from a failure in the brain to identify which environmental stimuli should provoke a sexual response.”
Kaplan says criminal law should be changed so that pedophiles are only stigmatized or denied jobs if law school graduates agree that they pose a “direct threat” to children.
Kaplan is currently trying to make a legal career in the regulation of expanding ‘sexual diversity’, instead of routine and lower-status practice areas, such as torts, probate, crime or copyrights. She’s focused on “legal limitations on intimate decisions, particularly the use of criminal law in areas of health and sexuality,” according to her web page.
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