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Jessica Krueger's picture

The issue I take with the

The issue I take with the first paragraph of your post is that that which is considered "deviant" is also culturally defined and subject to augmentation. There are some researchers in the world who feel that pedophilia is simply a sexual orientation analogous to homosexuality (1). So why should society be restructured to allow homosexuals to engage in their preferred sexual practice, but not such that adults who wish to engage children in sexual intercourse may do so without repercussion? Is the trauma of childhood molestation merely a cultural construct, an artifact puritanical prudishness? If we cannot define sexual intercourse with a child as fundamentally wrong, what allows us to define rape or female genital mutilation or any supposed human rights violation of a sexual nature? Can a human do unto another something that is fundamentally wrong across cultures?

 

(1) http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/0,1518,441199,00.html

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