The latest effort to normalize pedophilia comes from Allyn Walker, an assistant professor at Old Dominion University who uses the absurd pronouns “they/them” and has pushed for pedophilia to be “destigmatized,” calling for pedophiles to rather be referred to with the insultingly euphemistic term “minor-attracted persons.”
Walker is the author of the book “A Long, Dark Shadow: Minor Attracted People and Their Pursuit Of Dignity,” which challenges “widespread assumptions that persons who are preferentially attracted to minors—often referred to as ‘pedophiles’—are necessarily also predators and sex offenders, this book takes readers into the lives of non-offending minor-attracted persons (MAPs).”
Walker’s effort to legitimize non-offending pedophiles isn’t the first of its kind. Vice further looked into allegedly “non-offending” pedophiles, including a foster parent pseudonymously called Gary who, to no one’s surprise though everyone’s horror, was blamed by one of his foster children’s biological mothers for sexually abusing her daughter.
Additionally, there was a man dubbed Ian who was so non-offending that he felt comfortable testing himself by working at a job that “involved children directly.” You might be a tad skeptical if your friend who was healing from alcoholism took a job running the local liquor store. That skepticism is all the more warranted when we’re running the risk of children being groomed and abused rather than overindulgence in a few too many handles of Old No. 7.
Take a look at this viral video where Walker promotes the book and explains why Walker uses the term MAP, stating that the phrase is “less stigmatizing than other terms like pedophile.”
That’s the point. Pedophiles are branded because pedophilia is and deserves to be correctly seen as unspeakably reprehensible. Stigmas are a way we socially communicate this reprehensibility. Any word, framing, or action that chips away at this stigma inevitably breaks down the guardrails against such sinful actions.
Yet again, we witness an example of the left siding with the oppressor while pretending to support the victim, this time under the guise of academic inquiry. One has to wonder if Walker has ever considered that our sympathies should rest not with pedophiles who don’t like being called what they are yet rather with their victims. Walker’s book intends to help pedophiles pursue dignity. How does a child robbed of his or her innocence pursue his or her sense of respect?