Posted By Eric Ethington (Author) on April 27, 2010
A new study published in the Journal of Research and Treatment reports that adult gay men are actually less likely to have inclinations toward pedophilia.
New study reports gay men are LESS likely to be pedophiles
Ok.. so this isn’t actually news to any of us, as almost every study done over the last 30-40 years has concluded the same thing. But it’s always nice to have more ammunition to throw at the right-wing extremists who just LOVE to continue the bigoted and false stereotype that homosexuality = pedophilia.
“MRI research has found very large differences in brain structure between men who have a sexual preference for children and those who have a sexual preference for adults. These differences were detected as regions of low density in brain tissue called white matter. White matter is what connects the various parts of the brain, enabling it to function as a whole. The white matter that is affected in pedophilia and hebephilia is the white matter that connects the parts of the brain that respond to sexual images. (Specifically, these regions were the superior occipitofrontal fasciculus and the arcuate fasciculus.) There does not exist any evidence that gay men share this feature of decreased white matter. In fact, there is some evidence that gay men have areas of more white matter than straight men, in at least some parts of the brain (called the corpus callosum).” That’s pedophilia researcher Dr. James Cantor, editor-in-chief of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment
Thanks to Sister Dottie S Dixon for the tip on the story! See her as Grand Marshall at Utah Pride this year!