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"Queer Theory" and Homosexual Pedophilia
(part 2 of 2)


by Michael Phillip Wright
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Norman, Oklahoma

Examining Survey Evidence



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From: RIPTORN2@aol.com
Full-name: RIPTORN2
Message-ID: <178.19bd5158.2bdb5798@aol.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2003 23:31:36 EDT
Subject: article of lies, deceit and trying to manipulation (poorly done I might add)
To: Sorrento95@aol.com

I was amused in a very sickening way by your article and ridiculous efforts to manipulate data.  You frequently cite the author of some of the other studies for having no references or scientific studies to back up his claims.  I am not sure why he did not, since the professional as well as lay literature is replete with empirical, scientific, test-retest studies regarding gay and lesbian parents and the incidence of male homosexuals who are child molesters or pedophiles.  It is sad individuals like you have no more important things to do with your time but  bastardize studies and in a very laughable way try to manipulate numbers to try and prove your hypothesis, oops, hypotheses implies some sort of scientific basis and training before embarking on such a mission...your manipulation apothosis.

I am a qualified nationally known and referred to expert on the assessment and treatment of sex offenders.  I have treated thousands of child molesters over the past 30 years, and I can assure not only is your ridiculous effort to try and indicate otherwise is pure folly.  There is no, zero, none, zilch, it does not exist, scientific, peer reviewed, legally endorsed study any where, cited in any legitimate scientific literature that agrees with your very sick and sad findings.  Not the FBI, National Institute of Sexual Crime Studies, American Psychiatric Association of Forensic Psychiatric, ditto Psychologist, ditto Social Workers, ditto American Association of Pediatric Forensic Specialist, ditto Association of Forensic Examiners, National Police Association, and on and on who find anything like what you belch out your ass.  The pure and simple fact, no matter what legitimate source authority you review, report gay men are EXTREMELY unlikely to be a child molester.  Less than 5% of all sexual crimes against children are perpetrated by gay men.  All, I repeat all, the legitimate studies report the average and most usual child molester is a married male, known to the child, usually related to the victim.  Well, over 90% fall into that group.  The other 10% is made up of 5% heterosexual men who are unknown to the victim and usually single and have a very poor history of successful adult relationships.  The remainder are, I know this will please you to no end, yes they are homosexual men (bad, bad).  The truth is human problems are distributed throughout the population.  No one is immune.  ; White on white sexual molestation of children is the most frequently reported.  Black on black child sexual molestation occurs in the same distribution as reported above, but is very unlikely to be reported.  I am no t writing this to you with any expectation of agreement or a willingness to do some legit research on your own.  I can give you a quick head start if your were so inclined.  Look up reports by Fred Berlin, MD, and John Money, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD. internationally known and respected authorities in this area.

So I wish you well in life, but stay away from subjects you know absolutely less than nothing about and especially trying to pass it off in print.  There are a lot of stupid, impressionable, and bigoted people who will read trash like you put out and take it as gospel.

Grins
Beverly Gomes-Schwartz, author of Child Sexual Abuse, publishes a table which summarizes statistical data about offenders, according to various characteristics, such as age, sex, occupation, and race. 20 The table presents the fact that 96% of the perpetrators are male. It does not say how many are homosexual, bisexual, or heterosexual. Another table states that 78% of the confirmed victims recorded by treatment centers were girls, and 22% were boys.21 While not necessarily correct, the view that homosexuals are about 10% of the male population is fairly common. Given that heterosexuals are the vast majority of the population, most victims are girls, and almost all perpetrators are male, uncritical readers could easily be led to the erroneous conclusion that heterosexuals are far more likely to molest children than homosexuals.

To gain an accurate picture, one must consult other sources. Survey data were published by Edward O. Laumann and others following a national interview project conducted at the University of Chicago. Laumann reported that only about 5% of the males ever had any homosexual experience. This would include both homosexuals and bisexuals, since he did not exclude those who also had sex with women from the category. Another 5% reported having some degree of same-sex desire, but never engaging in the behavior.22 To simplify the language, for the remainder of this section the term gay is used to mean a homosexual or bisexual male who has ever taken action on the basis of same-sex desire.

The data from Gomes-Schwartz must now be seen in a different light. While only 5% of the population, gay males account for approximately 22% of the molested children. (The percentage of perpetrators who are female is negligible). If gays were no more active as child abusers than heterosexuals, then we would expect only about 5% of the victims to be boys molested by men. Instead we see that the proportion of victims of this type is more than four times greater than 5%. These findings are corroborated by Wurtele and Miller-Perrin, who report that from 24% to 40% of the child victims referred to treatment were boys.23 This disproportionality ought, at the very least, to inspire more thorough investigation by researchers. Instead it appears that, among those who should be taking professional responsibility for documenting and treating this problem, the data collection procedures and classification schemes currently gaining favor are obstructing politically neutral inquiry and leading to the demonization of heterosexual males.

Another way of looking at the issue would involve starting with the observation, supported by survey data, that 90% of all males are exclusively heterosexual. Thus, if girls were only molested by heterosexual males, and if they were as active as men who molest boys, then we would expect 90% of the child abuse victims to be female. Studies we have reviewed found girls are between 60% and 78% of the victims. The data from Gomes-Schwartz and Wurtele, combined with acceptance of Goldstein's statement that the average heterosexual molester has 73 victims compared to 30 for homosexuals, would lead to these conclusions: (1) the individual heterosexual molester has more victims, but (2) the percentage of molesters is far greater within the gay population. I must caution, however, that Goldstein provided only a 1984 article in Newsweek to support his claim to a greater number of victims per heterosexual offender.24 Further, the Newsweek article did not cite any references for the study alleged to have yielded the numbers reported.

A practical understanding of the different offender rates can be achieved by working with survey data reviewed by Christopher Bagley and Kathleen King, who summarized a 1979 study of college students who were given a questionnaire with questions about childhood sexual abuse. The results were that 19.2% of the women and 8.6% of the men reported being molested as children.25 Thus, assuming that boys are half the population, for every 20,000 children we would expect 860 boys and 1920 girls to be molested. Further, for every 10,000 adult men, we would expect 9,000 (90%) to be heterosexual and 500 (5%) to be gay. Relying on the Newsweek data, we divide 1920 by 73 to arrive at 26 as the number of heterosexual offenders. The same type of division (860/30) yields 29 gay offenders. Almost all molesters are male. By further division, based on 10,000 men, we arrive at .3% as the prevalence of offenders among heterosexuals, and 5.7% as the gay prevalence. Constructing an odds ratio (5.7 / .3 = 19) from these two results leads to the estimate that a gay is 19 times more likely to be a molester than a heterosexual. The odds ratio will remain the same regardless of how many adult males are assumed in the computation.

The above estimate relies upon the claim, published in Newsweek, that the average heterosexual offender has more than twice as many victims. Because no study was cited by the magazine, this is seen as tenuous. Rejecting it and assuming no difference in the average number of victims for each group would reduce the odds ratio from 19:1 to 8:1. For the prevalences to be equal between the two groups, one would have to assume that the average number of victims per gay offender was eight times greater than that of straights. No matter what is assumed in this regard, the data about victimization of boys compared to girls, from three expert sources we have examined, leads to the inescapable conclusion that gays are far more active in sexual abuse of children.

Up to this point, the assumptions in my analysis actually are favorable to gays, since it has been assumed that only straights molest girls. If bisexuals, who are included in the gay category, molest only one-fourth of the girls, then the gay-to-straight prevalence odds ratio would increase from 8:1 to 17:1 under the assumption of no difference in victims per offender.

The move to protect gays from negative labeling by deleting the phrase “homosexual pedophile” from professional parlance has inspired strenuous creativity in the development of new language to support this innovation. The argument has been made that men who molest boys should be called pedophiles, without the qualifying adjective homosexual. New adjectives have been invented. A “regressed” offender is one who is believed to be sexually attracted to both adults and children, and a “fixated” molester is believed “to have a primary sexual preference for children.” 26

Shifting Definitions for Strategic Gain

An example of the way in which this new vocabulary is used to minimize perception of the magnitude of homosexual child molestation is provided by “The Gay Dad” website, [http://www.milepost1.com/%7egaydad/FAQ/childmolestation.html] where this language is found:

    If we define the phrase ‘homosexual abuse of children’ . . .to mean adults molesting and abusing children of the same sex, then this statement is true: Child abuse is widespread. It is perpetrated by males in the vast majority of cases. And a substantial number of their victims are boys.

The Gay Dad circumvents the problem of admitting to widespread gay abuse of boys by redefining homosexuals to include only those who are sexually attracted to other adults. As gay political activists often do when attempting to masquerade as scientists, he stumbles all over himself. In the beginning of his article he defines homosexual as follows: A person who is sexually attracted to the same gender. At this point there is no qualification that those of the same gender must be adults. Later, in the same article, realizing that this definition undermines the goal of minimizing the perceived magnitude of child molestation by gays, he changes it. By doing so, the Gay Dad prepares to raise the Orwellian notion of double-think to new heights, by informing his readers that “most homosexual molestation is not done by homosexuals.” Clearly, by definition, a homosexual is one who can do no wrong. Readers wedded to the quaint notion that those engaging in homosexual acts are homosexuals are advised to update their paradigm.

In the example of the article by Jenny and associates published in Pediatrics, the opportunity to use this new language to provide heterosexuals the same protection being given to gays was neglected. Without hesitation they concluded that “heterosexuals” presented children with the greatest risk of abuse. Their data indicated that many of the offenders were males who molested their step-sons or their girlfriends’ sons. If the new classification scheme were to be applied consistently, they would have been called “regressed offenders.” It appears that while the homosexual pedophile is being defined out of existence, the heterosexual pedophile is thought to be lurking in every corner.

For those concerned with the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse, the abandonment of procedures necessary for unbiased comparison of perpetrator rates between gays and straights comes at a very inconvenient time. Queer theory writers and their allies are currently attempting to legitimate the concept of child "sexuality." Michael Moon “likes to think” that Huck Finn may have become a prostitute. Andrea Dworkin believes that children may show adults "the way into sexual self-realization." Darrel Rist writes that gay men recall from childhood such sensations as the "seductive feel" of their fathers' beards. The North American Man-Boy Love Association, a gay organization, openly advocates the abolition of age-of-consent laws.27 Michel Foucault, a prominent source of influence among the queer theorists, makes frequent references to child sexuality.28 Interviewed by The Progressive in 1996, lesbian sadomasochist Pat Califia opposes all age-of-consent laws and describes herself as “the most politically correct person I know” while insisting that she is “totally serious.” 29

Although child sexual abuse by heterosexuals does occur, there is one important distinction to be born in mind. The move to provide moral sanction for it is not coming from straight culture, which preserves a burden of shame associated with pedophilic impulses. The heterosexual child molester attempts to operate behind a veil of secrecy, and will not invoke Foucault to defend his actions. Ironically, the very “masculine ethic” condemned by orthodox feminists leads heterosexual males to denounce pedophiles as unmanly perverts and cowards. These moral boundaries are being challenged by the more "innovative" thinkers in queer culture. Recalling Martin Garcia’s statement, we may soon be seeing the claim that children, too, have “latent homosexual tendencies” and that “it would be a shame” for them “to stay in the closet.”

Leaving aside questions of whether any biological differences could account for elevated pedophilic behavior among gays, their likely increased exposure to the cultural influence of queer theory should not be ignored as a research issue by those untainted by the “gay-friendly” trend which has regrettably emerged to corrupt the process of free inquiry in the social sciences and humanities sectors of academia.

[The material in this article was excerpted from the author’s unpublished book War On Heterosexuality: The Gay Patriarchy Advances (U.S. Copyright Registered 1998).]

About the Author

Michael P. Wright was graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BA in political science (1969) and MA in sociology (1976). His professional record includes research in a variety of areas including health science, energy economics, American Indian history, and computer software development. He has on several occasions appeared before Oklahoma legislative committees in the capacity of expert witness. Wright has also been the recipient of four federal grants from the Small Business Innovation Research program of the US Public Health Service.

Wright is listed in the 24th and 25th editions of Who's Who in the South and Southwest, published by Marquis, and the 17th edition of the British directory Men of Achievement. He has been published in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and AIDS Education and Prevention. His commentaries as letters to the editor have been published by Harper's, The Wall Street Journal, and twice by The Dallas Morning News.

REFERENCES

  1. Jonathan Katz, The Invention of Heterosexuality (New York: Plume, 1996), p. 189.
  2. Jonathan Katz, "Round Two" [letter], QW, no. 51 (October 25, 1992): 5.
  3. Lee Siegel, “The Gay Science,” The New Republic (November 9, 1998): 34.
  4. Michael Moon, "Whose History? The Case of Oklahoma," in Martin Duberman (ed.), A Queer World (NY: New York University Press, 1997), p. 30-32.
  5. Darrel Yates Rist, “Are Homosexuals Born That Way?” The Nation (October 19, 1992): 425.
  6. “Men We Love,” Girlfriends (November 1998), p. 30.
  7. Andrea Dworkin, Woman Hating (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1974), pp.190-192.
  8. Wendy Kaminer, “Feminism’s Identity Crisis,” The Atlantic Monthly (October 1993): 67.
  9. Richard Goldstein, “Queering the Culture,” The Village Voice, 43, no. 26 (June 30, 1998): 52.
  10. Jonathan Van Meter, "The Post-Gay Man," Esquire (November 1996): 134.
  11. Amy Aronson, “Outrageous Acts and Bad, Bad Girls,” Ms. 9, no. 1 (July/August 1998), p. 71.
  12. Seth Goldstein, The Sexual Exploitation of Children: A Practical Guide to Assessment Investigation, and Intervention (New York: Elsevier, 1987), p. 30
  13. Ibid., p. 32.
  14. Dan Beauchamp, "Morality and the Health of the Body Politic," Hastings Center Report (December 1986), p. 32.
  15. Sandy Wurtele and Cindy Miller-Perrin, Preventing Child Sexual Abuse (Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska, 1992), p. 19.
  16. Carol Jenny, Thomas Roesler, and Kimberly Poyer, "Are Children at Risk for Sexual Abuse by Homosexuals?" Pediatrics, 94, no. 1 (July 1994): 44.
  17. Ibid., p. 43.
  18. Ibid., p. 42.
  19. Ibid. p.44.
  20. Beverly Gomes-Schwartz, Jonathan Horowitz, Albert Ciardelli, Child Sexual Abuse: The Initial Effects (New York: Sage, 1990), p. 63.
  21. Ibid., p. 45.
  22. Edward Laumann, John Gagnon, Robert Michael, and Stuart Michaels, The Social Organization of Sexuality: Sexual Practices in the United States (Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1994,p. 301
  23. Wurtele and Miller-Perrin, Preventing Child Sexual Abuse, p. 11.
  24. Russell Watson, “A Hidden Epidemic,” Newsweek (May 15, 1984), pp. 30-36.
  25. Christopher Bagley and Kathleen King, Child Sexual Abuse: The Search for Healing (New York: Tavistock/Routledge, 1990), p. 59.
  26. Wurtele and Miller-Perrin, Preventing Child Sexual Abuse, p. 19.
  27. Goldstein, The Sexual Exploitation of Children, p. 25.
  28. Paul Rabinow, ed., The Foucault Reader (New York: Pantheon, 1984), pp. 309-313.
  29. Anne-Marie Cusac, “Profile of a Sex Radical,” The Progressive (October 1996), p. 37.

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