Probably not in the sense that we are talking about.
I spent a long time on Wikisposure (an anti-pedophile site) reading the profiles of the pedophiles in an attempt to learn about the condition. There were a few women on there with a sexual interest in children, but they did not seem to be the sort of fixated and preferential pedophiles with a dominant interest in kids that you see in males.
I don’t believe that merely having some or any sexual interest in children makes you a pedophile. Science seems to back me up on that matter.
The term pedophilia refers to those, nearly or always males, who have a dominant, preferential interest in children as a sexual orientation. They typically have little to no interest in adults. In some cases, they have an interest in adults, but it is less, often much less, than their interest in children. They are best described as fixated. It comes on early in life , and can’t possibly come on past age 14 or so.
Why make the distinction between fixated and preferential pedophiles and ordinary folks who have some degree of attraction to children? From a policy standpoint, the fixated and preferential pedophile unfortunately is much more likely to molest a child.
After all, this is their orientation. It’s the only thing that gets them off. If they want to have sex and get off, they need to do it with a kid. Sure, many can control themselves, but many others cannot, and asking humans to be celibate and not act on their sexual orientation is a tall order.
Studies following true pedophiles for 25 years found that 50% of them had offended. Typically they were not caught.
Adults with some interest in children that is not strong, dominant, preferential or fixated could probably just blow it off or take it or leave it. In most cases, they would probably choose to leave it cue to moral, self-control or legal issues.
If they want to get off sexually, they could masturbate to adult imagery or have sex with an adult. Both would be maximally satisfying. People without preferential or fixated attitudes towards kinks or perversions typically have a “take it or leave it” attitude towards them.
I’ve never seen a single female pedophile according to the definition above on the pedo forums profiled on Wikisposure. There were a very few women on there who had a sexual interest in children, but they also had strong interests in adults too along a million other things. They were best described as female perverts or trysexuals. They were not fixated, preferential pedophiles where kids were their dominant interest.
Pedophilia is all or almost all male, and it comes on no later than age 13 or 14 and often much before. They all prefer or have a dominant interest in kids. They are all fixated and incurable. Some have an interest in adults too that is rarely as strong as the interest in children.
I just don’t believe that female sexuality gets fixated or stuck in the same way that male sexuality does. Even if a female gets into kids, she could probably just work her way out of it on her own. Any females who are into kids probably are choosing to be that way.