Trans Allyn Walker's proposal: pedophilia as a "sexual orientation".
The idea is to destigmatize pedophiles by calling them MAP (Minor Attracted People). But their name, replies Julie Bindel, is child rapists. Starting with Michel Foucault

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The book A Long, Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity keeps what it promises on the cover. Described as “a crucial account of the lived experiences of this hidden population,” its author Allyn Walker argues for destigmatizing adults who are sexually attracted to prepubescent children.

Walker gives those a loud pat on the back people attracted to minors (MAP) who choose not to rape children. They (because Walker identifies as transgender) they stated in an interview that it is important to say “MAP” out of respect for the terminology that “members of that group want others to use for them. AND less stigmatizing than other words like pedophile”.

Suggesting that those who wish to have sex with children they should be able to use child sex dolls to satisfy their “needs” (see here), Walker claims that MAPs “didn't ask” to be sexually attracted to children.

I agree with Walker on one thing: the word pedophile is completely inappropriate and should not be used, even if we disagree on the reasons. I have long supported abolishing the word, preferring instead “child rapist” or “child abuser.” The literal meaning of “pedophile” is “child lover”. It is classified as a medical condition, but it is not. A person is not pre-programmed to “desire” sex with children. As in the case of Jimmy Savile (see here): He abused adult women and men, children and corpses.

The idea that sexual attraction to prepubescent children constitutes a somehow original sexual identity, rather than chosen or socially constructed, it has been around since the 1960s and promoted by figures such as the French philosopher Michel Foucault.

Foucault, famous for his theories on power and sexuality, seems not to realize the enormous power an adult has over a child. While in Tunisia in the late 1960s he allegedly sexually abused prepubescent children. According to the French essayist Guy Sorman , “They were eight, nine, ten years old. He would throw money at him and say 'let's meet at 10pm at the usual place'." This, it turned out, was the local cemetery: “He would make love there on the gravestones with the little boys. The issue of consent wasn't even raised."

But according to the Queer-identified writer Laurie Penny, who published a wise on Substack titled What Foucault Got Right: On violence, libel and Queer Theory: “Michel Foucault has been demonized for decades, presumably on the grounds that it's okay to vilify the dead and it's fun to vilify the French." 

Unsurprisingly, there has been some harsh criticism of Penny's performance on Twitter, to which she has answered : “Well, if you read the piece you would see that what I'm saying is more complex.”

Penny concludes that the revelations about Foucault are probably slanderous rumors and that, based on his expert assessment (he has been reading his books in recent weeks) “… it seems unlikely that Foucault actually attacked children.”

I too have read Foucault, but perhaps with different eyes.

In his book History of Sexuality there is a disturbing scene in which a little girl is dragged into a ditch and sexually assaulted, which she describes as a “timeless bucolic pleasure”. Foucault also stated that sexuality should never be criminalized, because criminalizing rape is sexually repressive. He argued that, as a crime, being raped is no different than being punched in the face.

Then there is the infamous one letter of 1977 signed by Foucault, in which it was argued that rape should not be a criminal offence (thus erasing the legal concept of age of consent). The letter was part of a larger defense by two adult men who had raped (or, as Penny says, “had sex with”) prepubescent girls.

“[Foucault] and other degenerate eggheads opposed the concept of a legal age of consent. This definitely happened. And it was definitely a bit of bullshit,” Penny writes.

Apologia for child abuse is widespread among a number of male liberals. A few years ago, gay rights activist Peter Tatchell thought it appropriate to praise a book whose introduction contained the sentence : “Adults who love children and express it sexually are replacing gays and blacks as society's new scapegoats.” The book denounced “hysteria” and “witch hunts” against child abusers and condemned child protection as an oppressive force of control over young people. Foucault and Tatchell both argued that punishing sex between children and “consenting” adults stunts sexual development and potential pleasure for children.

Most child sexual abuse occurs in the home, perpetrated by men known to the victims. These men are not usually labeled “paedophiles” – the word is reserved for Colin Pitchfork and his ilk, evil-looking men who prey on children previously unknown to them.

Labeling child rapists as “pedophiles” gives the impression that they suffer from a medical condition and that there is some kind of gene that predisposes them to be sexually attracted to children, when there is no scientific or other credible evidence to prove this. Men who abuse children must be stopped, punished and discouraged, not treated for the "disease" known as pedophilia.

Some experts who try to unravel the phenomenon of pedophilia give the impression that being "attracted" to children is a sexual orientation rather than a choice that harms them; that these people are part of a strange and different subgroup from “ordinary” members of society; that there is a medical, rather than social, explanation for their behavior; and who are different from fathers and other male relatives who abuse children in the home.

The first time I heard the term “child-attracted people” was in an interview with Tom O'Carroll , a key member of the Pedophile Information Exchange who is sexually aroused by prepubescent children. O'Carroll told me that he thought the German term “kinder” should replace “pedophile” because “he sounds like a kind uncle.” 

The feminist solution to cleaning up child sexual abuse is to get rid of all the euphemisms and medicalized terms and call these individuals child rapists and child abuse apologists.

original article here translation by Marina Terragni


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