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Response to Spider Jerusalem (Reply #57)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 08:54 PM

94. Not "behavior" - desire

If you blur the distinction between "behavior" and "desire", you remove the societal support system that helps a lot of these people NOT act on their desires.

That's why people are responding as they are.

Whether you're a sick person because of biological deficit or purely because of something you can control does not change that you are a sick person. If we want these sick people not to be dangerous, we are going to have to help them not to act on their own desires.

People who want to have sex with other adults are in a totally different behavioral category than pedophiles.

There are also people who are terribly sexually excited by hurting and killing others during sex. They're dangerous. Society cannot say "oh, you have no control over what you are" - we have to maintain the distinction between acceptable sexual behavior and non-acceptable sexual behavior, because those who have this desire probably don't intrinsically understand why it is unacceptable.

To say that sexual behavior isn't volitional is to justify rape, snuff movies, and a whole range of unacceptable sexual perversions.

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