Thursday, August 08, 2019
Amazon Prime stirs controversy by offering a Canadian documentary on the biological roots of pedophilia in men
I noticed on YouTube that conservative BlazeTV commentator Lauren Chen has a “review” of the 2016 Amazon Prime documentary “I, Pedophile: Understanding the Mental Illness” by Matthew Campea, written with Robin Benger, 50 minutes, produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, MID, and Flame.
I watched it “free” on Prime this morning, and rather than give a trailer I’ll embed Lauren’s 15-minute commentary (with a male companion).
The film interviews subjects (one or more played by actors) and psychiatrists or researchers in Canada (Abbotsford BC (S of Vancouver), and a support group in Peterborough, ON, near Toronto), in Rochester MN (USA), and in Germany, where the legal climate makes research practical to do. It does present the ruthless social stigma, but that is usually shared against all registered sex offenders.
The film presents medical data from cat scans of brains and various studies saying that men who are attracted to pre-pubescent minors (usually girls, usually heterosexual) have unusual wiring in the connective tissues of their brains, and have other anomalies: more likely to be short and left-handed. (The latter is not normally a negative thing: about one third of Major League Baseball is left-handed, so this is an odd thing to mention.)
The film also says that some pedophiles don’t act, and that others who interact with children aren’t biological pedophiles, so I’m not quite sure what sense that makes. The film maintains that actual activity may come from psychopathy, but other temptation may come from misinterpreting signals from others (schizotypal reactions). Some of this dichotomy was covered by Chris Hansen’s series on NBC more than a decade ago, “To Catch a Predator”.
It also mentions ephebophilia without much explanation. It would not be abnormal to be interested in a young adult (post-teen) about to enter biological "summer solstice". Maybe the harm is that older poeple are then ignored.
Some viewers might be surprised that Amazon offers this content at all, but talking “about” something does not promote it. Amazon flashed an ad that seemed a little inappropriate, “The Pedophile Hunters”. I’ll skip the usual embedded ad link for this (today’s) film.
The film does make the “inconvenient truth” point that a biological cause does not always provide a person with justification for protection from discrimination. So that throws society back to looking at everything and deciding what is acceptable with a democratic process; nothing is taken for granted.