What attracts one human to another certainly is a subjective topic. However, there are some lines that simply are not crossed, at least in polite company and conversation. One of those lines is accepting pedophilia as “normal.”
Pedophilia is, plain and simply, a mental disorder. Being sexually attracted to humans not of reproductive years, particularly before those years, is just not normal. At all. However, a professor at Old Dominion University in Virginia claims that such attraction in and of itself is not immoral so long as the person with said attraction does not act on it.
Allyn Walker, who teaches sociology and criminal justice at Old Dominion University, made the controversial comment while discussing “minor-attracted persons” and pedophiles during a Nov. 8 interview with the Prostasia Foundation, a San Francisco-based child protection organization.
Walker was discussing their book, “A Long Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity,” when he insisted it’s important to use that terminology instead of “pedophile” because it’s less stigmatizing.
“A lot of people when they hear the term ‘pedophile,’ they automatically assume that it means a sex offender, and that isn’t true,” Walker said during the 28-minute interview. “And it leads to a lot of misconceptions about attractions towards minors.”
Walker acknowledged the use of the term “minor-attracted persons” — or MAPs — suggests to some that it’s OK to be attracted to children, but said labeling anyone wholly by their sexual desires doesn’t indicate anything about their morality.
Allyn Walker’s book discusses using the term “minor-attracted persons” instead of “pedophile” because it is less stigmatizing.
“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.”
While Walker may have a point – so long as abnormal attractions do not result in action and crimes against any human, especially children – such things are just not said.
That being the case, Old Dominion had to act quickly to quell the uproar caused by Walker.
“Following recent social media activity and direct outreach to the institution, it is important to share that Old Dominion, as a caring and inclusive community, does not endorse or promote crimes against children or any form of criminal activity,” ODU’s statement read.
Of course not, but that does not change that the university has a professor who is trying to normalize pedophilic terminology so as to not stigmatize it.
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