Is boylove a mental illness?
The social sciences, especially psychiatry, are gradually taking over the terrain which formerly was held by religion, with mental illness replacing sin, maladjustment replacing immorality, and psychiatric/psychological treatment replacing salvation. This is especially true in the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of so-called pedophilia, with the dogma of inevitable and pervasive harm to the younger "victim," and the tenet of convincing the "perpetrator" of the error of his ways and his need to do penance.
But these social sciences have a long history of misdiagnosis and maltreatment, going back to the vicious campaign against masturbation, and continuing through unethical research using children and homosexuality being defined as a pathology, on to such gems as the "Satanic ritual abuse" debacle, "recovered memories," and "multiple personality disorder," just to name a few. These errors have required that the "bible" of the social sciences, the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" (DSM), be revised periodically to reflect the latest mental health fads. The current version has a convoluted tripartite set of inconclusive diagnostic criteria for "pedophilia," yet still finds it necessary to fall back on the religious concept of morality: "An adult who engages in sexual activity with a child is performing a criminal and immoral act ...".
While the pronouncements of social scientists and mental health professionals carry considerable weight and are reported as fact and truth by the media, it is obvious that these self-proclaimed "experts" have a very questionable track record, and that they change their evaluations, diagnoses, and treatments according to whatever cultural wind happens to be blowing. Their current posture on "pedophilia" differs from that which preceded it, and there is no reason to believe that the present is any more valid or permanent than its predecessors.