The left’s appalling efforts to ‘normalize’ pedophilia

By Nicole Russell | The Daily Signal

Some on the left have made a concerted effort of late to “normalize” pedophilia by twisting language and shifting concern from would-be victims to the pedophile himself. That’s a dangerous precedent everyone must understand and confront.

In a Nov. 8 interview with the Prostasia Foundation, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization purportedly dedicated to safeguarding kids, Allyn Walker offered various explanations and excuses for pedophiles—or as he calls them, “minor-attracted people.”

Walker, an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, said, “A lot of people when they hear the term ‘pedophile,’ they automatically assume that it means a sex offender, and that isn’t true, and it leads to a lot of misconceptions about attractions towards minors.”

Walker, the author of the book “A Long, Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity,” went on to explain the difference between a “minor-attracted person” and a pedophile by saying behavior should trump desire.

“From my perspective, there is no morality or immorality attached to attraction to anyone because no one can control who they’re attracted to at all,” Walker said. “In other words, it’s not who we’re attracted to that’s either OK or not OK. It’s our behaviors in responding to that attraction that are either OK or not OK.”

But that could easily become a slippery slope.

The interview garnered deserved outrage among conservative outlets, and Old Dominion University has placed Walker on administrative leave.

Unfortunately, Walker’s is a view that’s gaining steam among some in elite academia and the entertainment industry—often, the one-two punch needed for an issue to shift from fringe or outlier to at least somewhat acceptable to the mainstream.

What’s interesting here is that Walker isn’t as straightforward as others have been in Hollywood and academia: Walker eschews the obvious word for someone with pedophilia, “a psychiatric disorder in which an adult has sexual fantasies about or engages in sexual acts with a prepubescent child”—the literal definition—and slaps a more innocuous, euphemistic name on it.

That kind of Orwellian attempt to change definitions by twisting language should be confronted until it’s widely recognized for what it is.

In July 2018, a TEDx speaker argued that pedophilia should be accepted as “an unchangeable sexual orientation.” Mirjam Heine’s presentation, “Pedophilia Is a Natural Sexual Orientation” at Germany’s University of Wurtzberg is Exhibit A in the effort to make pedophilia sound as benign as a person who has a sweet tooth, but doesn’t gorge on dessert.

“According to current research, pedophilia is an unchangeable sexual orientation just like, for example, heterosexuality. No one chooses to be a pedophile. No one can cease being one,” Heine said. “The difference between pedophilia and other sexual orientations is that living out this sexual orientation will end in a disaster.”

While Heine rightly noted that abusing children is “wrong without any doubt,” she also said that a “pedophile who doesn’t abuse children has done nothing wrong.”

That seems like a dramatically low bar for civilized society and hardly an area where we want to collectively shift our cultural standards: Pedophilia is a form of paraphilia, not an orientation, and it isn’t acceptable even if abuse does not occur.

The Washington Post in June ran an opinion column, “Yes, kink belongs at Pride. And I want my kids to see it,” which sought to normalize acceptance of and tolerance for sexual deviance by children. The Netflix film “Cuties,” which featured pubescent girls dolled up and dancing in a sexually suggestive manner, unabashedly promoted the sexualization of young children, and its availability on such a popular platform made it seem normal and mainstream.

While pedophilia—for now at least—remains repulsive to the vast majority of Americans, that resistance could erode in states where more sex offendersreside or where sex trafficking is an issue, such as California, Texas, and Florida.

It’s imperative that Americans see the efforts to normalize pedophilia for what they are, regardless of euphemistic labeling, and remain firm in the defense of children.

As Rod Dreher wrote Nov. 12 in a piece, “Normalizing Pedophiles,” in The American Conservative about the attempt to link a person’s desires and identity together:

If sexual desire is the equivalent of identity, and if to sexually desire minors is at the core of one’s identity, then how can we stigmatize or otherwise suppress pedophiles if we recognize that other kinds of sexual minorities have civil rights?

Anybody who has lived through the last [20] years knows that sexual identity and the law is a slippery slope. This needs to be crushed right now, without apology.


Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Petr Novak

7 thoughts on “The left’s appalling efforts to ‘normalize’ pedophilia

  1. The core of what the Satanic agenda is protecting – what they do to children to perpetuate themselves – and absolute luciferic intentions to maintain that status quo, which until recently, has been aided and abetted, and used as international currency between high ranking officials and oligarchs and leaders of nations, to control the worlds resources.
    In part, the world is in chaos because many of them are now out in the light of day.
    But, we still have our local sycophants who protect the US-CAN route through Vermont, by providing the smokescreen of language, as it becomes more well known how prevalent human and child trafficking is.
    It is literally currency above certain levels. And our Intelligence Agencies can’t not know, nor our border agencies.
    Cathy O’Brien risked her life to tell us about this.
    Vermont has a lot of evil history we ignore that until we look at it, are doomed to protect it, and continue it.
    Case in point, with a cover up, which is what changing language to obfuscate, is.

  2. Call it what it is. People that want to have sex with children. Then remember one of our primary roles as responsible adults is to protect the youth. If you let them control the language, they’ll control the narrative.

  3. However, policing of thought should have no place in the U.S. Are [people to be questioned as to their sexual desires? Isn’t that a slippery slope? This doesn’t mean that either laws nor enforcement should be relaxed.

  4. What I find more disgusting that this is that there are so many people out there that vote Democrat and don’t even have any idea at all that THIS BS is what that party that they are voting for is pushing.
    I dare say that if we went out on the dirt roads in Vermont and asked regular folks what they think of pedophilia and normalizing that.. we’d get an earful and maybe be seeing the business end of some angry man’s shotgun at the mere mention of the word.
    And yet many of those people will tell you they vote Democrat because of their job, their pension, they need more money in their food stamps.. they think the Democrats help the poor better (you can see I do this and hear this) and yet, these same people are woefully behind on what their own party is up to now and voting for Democrats is spreading more of what is destroying our nation.
    Anyone with a correctly functioning brain thinks pedophilia is wrong..
    It’s repugnant to even see this this is a subject being discussed.

  5. So, bottom line is “I have no self-control, so anything I do is not my fault”.
    Will he tell his victim, “look at what you made me do!”?
    Sick people like that should be locked up. They can not be trusted. Their attempt at normalizing should be enough of a warning to watch out for them!

  6. You have to LOVE their “new speak” terminology w/this new-found “acceptance”, it’s NOW called “MAP’s” or “Minor Attracted Persons”..OK then! So isn’t this just the logical trail followed starting with “Drag Queen Story Hour(s)” at our libraries? Remember when Civil Unions was ALL that were being considered saying that “Same Sex Marriage” would NEVER be demanded? Same with “Medical Marijuana” never to become legalized? (but THAT was adult behavior w/people RUINED by the ‘War On Drugs”)..”Minor Attracted Persons” and bio-men competing in FEMALE sports might just be the line most average Americans will NOT want to see crossed, one ruins children for life & the other is plainly unfair to bio-women who have fought for YEARS for Title IX sports equality w/men’s sports programs.

  7. It’s the Overton Window in action. Now they are trying to make pedophilia somewhat acceptable ( oh we don’t feel we should act on those feelings ) so they can move the window again and again until they get what they want. To make it fully acceptable and they can act on their feelings.

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