These facts are uncomfortable because they go against the current Pedophile Mass Hysteria in our society.
First of all, in my opinion, the definition of a pedophile is not anyone who gets aroused by pedo stuff. Careful laboratory studies have found that up to 28% of men react sexually to pedophilic imagery (I wonder how they managed to do that study!). Therefore, according to the popular mass hysteria, 28% of all men are pedophiles. That’s obviously not true.
A pedophile has a very strong and generally ego-syntonic attraction to pre-pubertal children. The orientation came on around the time of puberty. Most strong pedophiles are exclusive pedophiles. They only like children, and they are not aroused by mature persons at all. There are some non-exclusive pedophiles, but these are not as common. These have a very strong attraction to pre-pubertal children, but they also have a very strong attraction to mature persons. Both types seem to come on around puberty or so.
Conversations with pedophiles on pedophile boards on the Internet find that most to all of them say that they have felt this way from a very early age. This is something that simply cannot come on later in life.
There are also many other people who molest children who are not pedophiles at all. They are only attracted to adults and have a minimal attraction to children. They do this just for sex or for power.
Further, careful lab studies have found that all heterosexual males react maximally to all females age 16 and over. The attraction maxes out at 16 and stays at a maximum into adulthood.
Nevertheless, there is a declining scale whereby normal males also reacted sexually to females under 16 on a sliding scale crashing all the way down to age 7. It is important to note that the scale started declining at age 15 and then rapidly declined all the way down to age 7. So normal males have a high, but not maximal, attraction to females age 12-15 and a much lower attraction to females from 7-11.
The difference here is simply one of scale. The normal male has a maximal attraction to mature individuals. That attraction rapidly drops off in females as they are less and less sexually mature; however, there is some minor attraction even for young girls.
The exclusive pedophile, by contrast, has a maximal attraction for girls under the age of 12, with individuals having different age ranges that they prefer. As an individual starts to become mature at age 12, attraction rapidly drops off.
So we are talking about a matter of degrees here, not absolutes. It’s ridiculous to say, “Pedos like little girls, and normal guys don’t.” Not true. All men like little girls. But to pedos, they’re the bees’ knees, and to most normal men, they’re a shrug of the shoulders and, “Ahh, forget it. You’ve got to be kidding.”