Salon has published an article by a self-professed paedophile, defending his condition as harmless (so long as he doesn’t act on it) and seeking to lay claim to a special status as one of societies misunderstoond victims. As a matter of principle, I refuse to link to Salon because their entire modus is to publish outrageous articles as clickbait. Instead, here is a link to a cromulent analysis by CW Cooke at NRO.
I’ve seen a good number of conservatives slamming this confession, often on the presumption that it represents an attempt to “mainstream” pedophilia. I have to disagree with this assessment. Naturally, I am as disgusted by the urges that are outlined in the piece as the next guy, and, despite the author’s heartfelt plea for “understanding,” I find it difficult not to harbor a real animus toward him. But I see no evidence whatsoever that Salon is endorsing or excusing child abuse, or that it is making the case that pedophilia is an “ingrained identity” and that its sufferers should therefore be free to act as they wish. On the contrary: The piece draws attention to the fact that some people live with these abominable proclivities – ”a curse of the first order” and “a massive handicap,” the author calls them – and yet manage successfully to suppress them. Whatever one might reasonably think of the man and his afflictions, to draw the opposite lesson from his admission than the one he intended seems to me unjust.
I agree in part with that analysis, but when dealing with the left, one must treat every appeal to reconsider the status quo as the proverbial nose in the tent. The article is on its surface a plea to consider that people who are sexually attracted to children but who struggle with it and don’t act upon it are worthy of the sympathy of the general public. But what is the end-goal? After all, it’s a very dangerous notion to the hedonist left that sexual impulses can be controlled and that there is any nobility in self-restraint.
Also, what this article really brings home is that, for the typical leftist, a paeduphile is easy to understand and relate to. On the other hand, fiscal conservatives, Christians, and gun-owners are freaks and weirdoes to be shunned and hated.
I am reminded of the progressive journalist who, upon hearing that another progressive had been outed as a paedophile, tweeted her a picture of his young daughter, to make her “feel better.”
And that, as they say, is pretty effed up.