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    Why is Pedophilia Categorized as a Disorder?

    Definition of PEDOPHILIA
    :sexual perversion in which children are the preferred sexual object; specifically :a psychiatric disorder in which an adult has sexual fantasies about or engages in sexual acts with a prepubescent child
    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pedophilia

    The American Psychiatric Association defines a paraphillic disorder as a condition in which people

    •feel personal distress about their interest, not merely distress resulting from society’s disapproval;
    or
    •have a sexual desire or behavior that involves another person’s psychological distress, injury, or
    death, or a desire for sexual behaviors involving unwilling persons or persons unable to give legal
    consent.

    The above means that a big group of people, pedophiles, are being categorized as having a mental disorder based on legal guidelines regarding the legal age of consent. If homosexual orientation is not a choice (but rather a normal aspect of human sexuality), and pedophilia is not a choice, shouldn't they be treated the same by the APA? Going further, why shouldn't necrophilia and zoophilia be recognized as simple variants of sexuality rather than as mental disorders? Legal restrictions shouldn't influence whether a certain sexual orientation is considered normal or a mental disorder.

    What am I missing?
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