The thread on this topic in General Questions was closed by a Moderator just a few minutes ago before I had a chance to comment on it, so I started the new topic here in Great Debates as the Mod’s note suggested.
Here’s the original thread for reference- LINK
First of all, it would be impossible to definitively quantify this because the actual percentage of the general population that is gay is unknown! Even the percentage of the male population that identifies themselves openly as gay/homosexual is anyone’s guess!
Studies have been conducted of convicted pedophiles who molested male children that compared how those men identified themselves sexually. Most of the ones I’ve read showed that the 96-98% of the men identifed as heterosexual/straight, which would imply that only 2-4% identified as gay, bisexual or other. I am confident that more than 4% of the general male population is either gay or bisexual. Does that mean that gay/bi men are less likely to be pedophiles? NO, it doesn’t.
The theory that some researchers have is that men who are pedophiles would want to live a straight lifestyle (usually with wife and children, right-wing politics and religious affiliation) to seem as ‘normal’ as possible and avoid scrutiny. That makes sense to me.
But the fact is that the vast majority of pedophiles, whether they prefer male or female children, are not sexually interested in adults of either sex. Are there straight men who love sex with adult women who molest children? Yes, there are, but they are the minority. Are there gay men who love sex with other adult men who molest children? Yes, but again they are a very small minority.
For the sake of this discussion, I consider a pedophile someone who is sexually attracted to pre-pubescent children. While sexual activity between an adult male and 12-13 year old boy is beyond despicable, I don’t believe it is the same sickness as one who has sex with 5-6 year old boys. With that said, both are equally reprehensible.
There are some gay men who are specifically attracted to young men who look young. They use slang terms such as “twink” and “chicken” for these young looking men/boys. While most men attracted to this type only have sex with boys/men who are 18 or older (but may look 14), I’m sure there are some who have sex with underage boys. I would love to see every one of them behind bars for life, but I don’t think they are actual pedophiles. The victimization of pre-pubescent children is a horrifying monster of its own.
I agree with most psychological and mental experts that pedophiles can NOT be cured! Their sickness is hardwired into their brain and they have no control over their sick sexual attaction to children. BUT most of them do have the choice whether to act on those feelings! The sickest of them probably has no more control over their behavior than a serial killer.