Thursday, August 9, 2012
Money’s neologisms are interesting because they make a very specific judgment about what is “wrong” with devotees and wannabes. In both cases, Money classifies them as suffering from a kind of mental disorder called a paraphilia. According to the American Psychiatric Association, a paraphilia is a condition that manifests itself through recurrent, intense sexual urges, fantasies or behaviors that involve unusual objects, activities or situations and which causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of functioning. Therefore, a paraphilia is by definition a negative condition, and certainly the paraphilia examples of pedophilia, exhibitionism, sexual sadism and sexual masochism listed by the Association in its publication Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders contribute to the idea that the desire is problematic. This is discrimination!