Time to Remove DSM-5 Antisocial Personality Disorder and Pedophilia from the DSM

Polar Bear: I watched some show on him…Sandusky seemed pretty impulsive.

All these predatory pedophiles are impulsive. If they weren’t impulsive, they wouldn’t be predatory pedophiles.

I don’t even think DSM-5 Pedophilia is a mental disorder! Sure, it’s a serious problem, but so what? They’re not nuts! Lots of really bad people aren’t nuts. They’re just bad!

Things are only mental disorders if they make you nuts. According to the disease model of mental illness, DSM-5 Antisocial Personality Disorder and Pedophilia are not mental disorders and need to be removed from the DSM because they don’t make the person who has them uncomfortable or distressed. We don’t list things as mental disorders because they make other people uncomfortable or distressed.

Antisocial Personality Disorder is a moral (in the sense that morally bad or evil things are “disorders”) and legal disorder (in the sense that a crime is a legal “disorder”). Pedophilia really isn’t either one! It’s weird, but it’s completely harmless if they’re not breaking the law.

The DSM is not a book about harmless but weird people! We could care less how weird someone is. They can’t be weird as all get out and as long as they’re not nuts, we could care less. We only care about whether people are nuts or not! Everything else is for the sociologists, moral philosophers, and legal scholars.

Of course Antisocial Personality Disorder is a moral disorder! But so what! The DSM is not a book of moral philosophy.

I say remove Pedophilia from the DSM, but if they act on it, give them a diagnosis of an Impulse Control Disorder.

Anyway, the way of thinking in terms of being strongly attracted to little girls isn’t even all that weird! 21% of all men have extremely strong attractions to little girls.

I hesitate to call anything a mental illness or even abnormal if 20% of the male population displays it. Normal just means “typical, everyday, lots of people have it.” It doesn’t mean right or wrong. There are societies were honor killings are completely normal. But are they morally right? I say no! But they’re certainly not abnormal in a lot of parts of the world.

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