Note: I do not advocated child abuse whatsoever, I simply wish to discuss the issue of classification.
Throughout the many cultures that exist and have existed, one shared cultural judgement has been made. More specifically, almost all
cultures, including the U.S today, view their society's morality and ethically norms as somehow being the law of nature, i.e the RIGHT one.
When the issue of whether or not Pedophilia is or should be classified as a mental illness arises, most people will make a judgement based on
their specific societal morality and laws. I will argue that under objective standards, pedophilia cannot be classified as a mental illness.
First, when we look throughout history, every single instance of sexual-activity between gender, age, and other traits has been observed.
Cross-examination of cultures also yield that by Western standards, most of us would condemn sexual relations between an adult and child,
however when presented with evidence of other societies that have existed, we see that these sexual relations have been the norm in some
societies not subjected to the western standard of morality. For example the Ancient Greeks incorporated sexual relations with children into
their society. Pedophilia was not considered a sexual deviation in this society, however by many Western standards this would be considered
immoral and those with sexual attraction to children would be demonized even in some circumstances. Again I contend that there is no objective
way to classify pedophilia as a mental Illness when morality itself subjective.
Second, the definition and benchmark for the term child is completely arbitrary and cannot be objectively measured, thus leading to a problem
when it comes to classification of pedophilia. Many classifications that are aged-based do not correspond with the biological counterparts to
said age. This nullifies any social, legal or moral based classifications if we do not have an objective way to classify the term "child". Again looking
at history, in many cultures, the rite to adulthood is pained through many trials and rites of passage. For example a certain tribe in the Amazon's
rite to adulthood is by stuffing their hands into gloves filled with bullet ants. Our western standards cannot objectively make a cultural judgement
without arbitrary dates and benchmarks. Pedophilia cannot be classified as a mental illness when it is impossible to classify it objectively.
In conclusion, pedophilia has been historically observed to be the norm or be the antithesis of morality in every society that has existed.
I will be clear to point out this does not mean because we cannot objectively classify, or observe it, that it is okay to persist in our
respective societies, but rather classification of a sexual attraction as a mental disorder is not correct. If one contends sexual attraction to
children is a mental disorder, one must also contend that homo or heterosexuality is also a mental disorder. One again, our morality is
based on our cultural background so we cannot classify Pedophilia as a mental Illness or disorder.