From Stella Morabito at the Federalist:
There are two main avenues to legalizing adult sexual relations with pre-pubescent children: 1) to designate it as a sexual orientation; and 2) to lower—or abolish—the age of consent for sexual activity. Both efforts are on track by pedophilia advocates, especially in academia and in the mass media. Take a look at this TED Talk released last year, in which the speaker chides us: “Let’s be mature about pedophilia.”
The speaker, Madeleine Van Der Bruggen, makes the case that pedophilia is simply a sexual orientation that can be neither chosen nor changed. She appeals us to “stop with the hate!” (sound familiar?). She argues that everybody probably knows someone with a pedophilic interest. And, really, they’re just like you. Most don’t talk about it because it’s illegal. Imagine, she asks, if you’re told you could never act on your passion? She implores us to imagine “how lonely” that must be…
The academic literature is also getting much bolder by publishing increasing numbers of articles in support of both avenues: designation as sexual orientation and re-considering age of consent. More.
Reality check: Generally, when advocates adopt that kind of language, they sense they are starting to win. Here’s a thought experiment: If progressives win the next few elections, what do you think will happen in this area?
Support could, of course, be tacit in the sense that people who want legal sex with children could support a given candidate’s political campaign without really telling the public why. But the candidate sort of knows that they expect something in return if their candidate wins – maybe just passivity in the face of those pushing the agenda. It would go down easier that way among people who just do not want to know.
See also: Why infanticide is going mainstream