Are Pedophilia And Sadomasochism Disabilities?January 10, 2012 4 Comments
The Greek Government has decided to expand the list of recognized disabilities to include pedophilia, exhibitionism, kleptomania and even pyromania. People who suffer from these conditions will now receive government disability pay.
The National Confederation of Disabled People is up in arms, and criticizes the decision. The Confederation argues that pedophiles now get more money than people who have had organ transplants.
Categories including sadomasochism, fetishism and compulsive gambling were also added. The list of recognized disabilities was updated for “purposes of medical assessment” and as a “gauge for allocating financial assistance.”
Are these “conditions” really disabilities, or are they choices? Should people really receive financial help for these things? This question is especially serious when it comes to pedophilia, which actually hurts another person physically and emotionally. At the same time, some consider sadomasochism a sexual preference and could be offended by its categorization as a disability. Either way, adding these categories is taking federal aid money away from diabetics and the blind.
Greece has been fighting financial bankruptcy for years. Maybe at a time of stability it would be acceptable to explore these conditions and find out more about the people who have them. But when a government is fighting bankruptcy, helping out flashers and people who happen to like a bit of kink may not be the best use of government money.
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