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[–] Sippio 6 points 48 points (+54|-6) ago 

Well technically it is. It can also be considered a mental disorder, and the lines between orientation and mental disorder can be blurry at best.

We oppose paedophilia in order to protect children. Full stop. We all agree that children are not capable of this kind of decision-making, and should therefore not be sexually involved with adults. It has nothing to do with punishing adults just for having a sexual attraction we have deemed unacceptable. Of course it should remain illegal, but the self-righteous hatred some of us have for these people is preventing them from seeking real help that might prevent a child from becoming their victim.

If we lose focus on why it is wrong, then it's hardly different than the way we treated fags in the 1950s.

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[–] Quawonk 2 points 15 points (+17|-2) ago  (edited ago)

Nice to see a rational comment voted to the top for once rather than the kneejerk emotional rah rah rah kill em all that we usually get.

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[–] peacegnome 2 points 8 points (+10|-2) ago 

Voat is becoming more rational each day, it is nice.

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[–] Gargilius 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

...is it about protecting children or punishing said attraction? isn't kiddy porn not involving actual kids banned as well?

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[–] peacegnome 2 points 5 points (+7|-2) ago 

Yes, this is because we have puritanical laws that punish people's thoughts (and there are no victims of thoughts). Another funny one is that you can sleep with a 17 year old in most us states, but don't you dare have a naked photo of them.

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[–] MensAgitatMolem 1 point 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

According to the DSM-V disorders are any mental state that is abnormal, and causes distress and/or disrupts basic daily life. Even if it's an orientation, It is also a disorder that should be treated as such, until a crime has been commited.

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[–] devnulll 1 point -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

Next thing we know - they will need 'safe' spaces too, right? To talk about children... It is psychological bullshit that has nothing to do with having sex. It is NOT a sexual orientation, is it a sexual preference - big difference there.