Pedophilia and Gender

Bruce Cameron LSOTP Texas Sex Offender Deregistration Evaluator writes:

There is some evidence  that individuals can gain voluntary control over their sexual arousal 
patterns through behavioral conditioning, such that someone who is 
attracted to “underage” persons could learn to suppress their sexual 
arousal to the underage category. There is a lack of credible research showing that one can

easily change the underlying sexual attraction, e.g., gay 

to straight, straight to gay, exclusive pedophile to teleiophile 
(attraction to adults).

Pedophilia contains a set of urges and cravings toward viewing or touching children.

I don’t think we know enough yet to draw any conclusion about men who are 
nonexclusive in their attractions, e.g., could we shift a bisexual man to 
respond more to male vs. female stimuli, could we shift a nonexclusive 
pedophile to respond less to prepubescent children and more to adults? And 
we know very little about sexual attraction to prepubescent or pubescent 
children in women.

As an aside, I would note that Non-offending 
heterosexual men from the community show some sexual response to depictions 
of pubescent girls — more than to prepubescent girls or to males –, but 
this is much lower than their sexual arousal to older adolescents or adult 
women. More importantly, many 14 or 15 year old girls would not be 
pubescent, i.e., in Tanner stages 2 or 3 of development; many would instead 
be in Tanner Stage 4, and a few might appear to be in Tanner Stage 5. For 
illustrations and brief descriptions of what these stages mean, see:

I suspect a lot of the heat (and lack of light) in the recent debates about 
hebephilia arose from confusion about pubescence cues, chronological age, 
and normative male sexual response patterns.