Sunday, 27 January 2013

Require Serious Adjustments To The Framework Of Either Of These Two Systems

Published January 21, 2013

Pedophilia, Preemptive Imprisonment, and the Ethics of Predisposition

"The first two weeks of 2013 were marked by a flurry of news articles considering “the new science” of pedophilia [sic]. Alan Zarembo’s article for the Los Angeles Times focused on the increasing consensus among researchers that pedophilia [sic] is a biological predisposition similar to heterosexuality or homosexuality. Rachel Aviv’s piece for The New Yorker shed light upon the practice of ‘civil commitment’ in the US, a process by which inmates may be kept in jail past their release date if a panel decides that they are at risk of molesting a child (even if there is no evidence that they have in the past). The Guardian’s Jon Henley quoted sources suggesting that perhaps some pedophilic [sic] relationships aren’t all that harmful after all. And Rush Limbaugh chimed in comparing the ‘normalization’ of pedophilia [sic] to the historical increase in the acceptance of homosexuality, suggesting that recognizing pedophilia [sic] as a sexual orientation would be tantamount to condoning child molestation."

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