A little over a year ago, Salon.com published an article by a self professed paedophile under the title “I’m a pedophile, but not a monster.” At the time I remember thinking to myself “Oh here we go, they’re trying to normalise paedophilia now, and we’re going to see more of this soon”, but fortunately, most of them tend to prefer to avoid the spotlight rather than embracing it. However, the aim of normalising it still stands, so if they can’t get more paedophiles to go public about their sickness, they’ll do the next best thing, and get that same paedophile to go public again. Gotta keep the message fresh in everyone’s minds.
A ‘non-offending’ paedophile is on a mission to change society’s understanding of underage attraction.
You see everyone, there’s nothing inherently wrong with paedophilia apparently. We’re all just stupid and need to be educated better so that we can understand it properly.
Todd Nickerson, from Tennessee, who sees paedophilia as a sexual orientation, wants to encourage other paedophiles to seek help and support for their sexual inclinations.
This much at least, I can agree with. I acknowledge the fact that this is just how these people are wired, and they can’t choose not to be attracted to children, anymore than a gay person can choose not to attracted to people of the same sex, or a straight person to people of the opposite sex. However, I think the kind of help and support made available to these people should be limited to a counselling service of some kind, and chemical castration, and it should be kept private. They shouldn’t be looking for sympathy and acceptance from the general public for their sickness, because once we start tolerating his sickness, who knows what the next step could be.
The 43-year-old is a moderator for the online forum ‘VirPed’, short for ‘virtuous paedophiles’, which already has a few thousand users.
Scary to think just how many of these people are out there.
‘Virtuous paedophiles’ is a term given to people who are attracted to prepubescent children but control their urges and refrain from watching child pornography or seeking sexual contact with minors.
Nickerson said: ‘I am a paedophile. I’m not a monster. I have the attraction but I don’t act on it.
Does this guy want a medal or something for being good enough to not molest children? Just really think about what’s happening here. He knows damn well that his desires are wrong, and claims to be a good person because he doesn’t act upon them. Yet at the same time, instead of just going about his life as a “virtuous paedophile” in silence, he’s going public about his desires, trying to illicit sympathy from the public about it, with the aim of changing how people think of paedophiles. Why would he be bothered trying to change how people view paedophiles, unless he wanted to make it something that was seen as normal and acceptable?
‘I have never ever sexually abused a child and I never will. I do not look at child porn, I never will. I obey the laws, I respect the laws, I respect society’s position on this. I understand it and agree with it.’
Interesting. So he claims he will never abuse a child or look at child porn, then at the same time specifically mentions that he obeys and respects the laws on the matter. I can’t help but worry, that the only reason he doesn’t act upon his desires is because he fears punishment under the law, and that if those laws were to change, and society’s attitude towards paedophiles was to become more tolerant (the latter of which he is actively working towards), would he still refuse to ever do those things? They way I’m interpreting this is that he only doesn’t do them because it’s forbidden to do so and he fears the consequences.
Nickerson describes himself as a non-offending minor attracted person (MAP) and says paedophiles are capable of living a happy, productive, law-abiding life.
I’m sure they are, but that doesn’t mean they should go public about their attraction and try to change how the rest of society views them. They should just keep quiet, not harm children, and just get on with things.
He said: ‘Not all paedophiles are child molesters not all child molesters are paedophiles.
‘A paedophile is strictly speaking just somebody who has sexual attraction to children – they may act on it they may not.
‘A lot of people think that if you are attracted to kids, you have some kind of unusual degree of urge to go out and attack kids and it’s not like that.
BUT YOU LITERALLY DO HAVE THAT URGE!!!
He’s right when he says that it doesn’t mean they’ll actually do it. However, all paedophiles, whether they act upon it or not, literally have an “unusual degree of urge” to do sexual things with children, which would be classified as an attack, because children don’t have the maturity to give informed consent to those acts.
‘The people that struggle with it have self control issues and we just try to encourage them – sometimes we have to use tough love because one problem with paedophiles at times is that they are very good at deluding themselves.’
Nickerson went public as a paedophile in a blog for American liberal news site Salon in September 2015, and by doing so, received dozens of hostile replies on social media.
Yes, and we all know what a great source for top notch journalism, Salon is.
But that’s liberalism in general these days. It’s always about finding something new to liberate. After making so many strides in achieving equal rights for racial minorities, gay people, women, etc., they have to look further and further afield for new “victims” to liberate, so we inevitably see far left publications like Salon trying to liberate groups like paedophiles from all the “oppression”, “intolerance”, and “bigotry” they experience.
However, he also received a large amount of positive feedback – including messages from people who had suffered at the hands of paedophiles.
This is how it’s going to go.
Step 1: “We’re not monsters. We just have desires to engage in sexual acts with children, but we never act on them. Please tolerate us.”
Step 2: “We need to lower the age of consent. Children are sexual beings too, and should have the right to explore their sexuality.”
Step 3: Age of consent is already lowered, and those “virtuous paedophiles” obviously care about the well-being of kids seeing as they’ve never hurt them. Maybe we should trust them, and allow sex between adults and children.
Step 4: Anyone who objects is shamed and ridiculed as a “paedophobe” with backwards ideas that have no place in modern society. How dare they object to adults having sex with children. It is *current year* after all.
This is honestly how I see it going. I think we just need to look at the history behind the normalisation of homosexuality to see this. I’m not saying that homosexuality and paedophilia are comparable, but there was a time when homosexuality was as opposed by the majority of society as paedophilia is today. Yet today, homosexuality is accepted by almost everybody and we are amazed that there was ever a time when people thought differently.
It was only after decades of campaigning and a relentless push for mainstream approval (starting with just looking for tolerance and to be left alone in peace, followed by acceptance, eventually reaching today were we practically see gay people being celebrated as superior), that we reached the point were we’re at today. I do genuinely worry that we could see a similar “Paedo-rights” movement in the near future, modeled on the tactics used by gay rights activists in the past.
I only hope that people will keep in mind that there is a very big difference between two consenting adults of the same sex looking for equal rights as two of the opposite sex, and paedophiles looking for the same rights to engage in such acts with children. However, most people tend to think emotionally rather than logically, so I really wouldn’t be surprised if people could be manipulated into accepting paedophilia eventually, if they’re persistent enough, and the right emotional appeals are made.
He said: ‘Publicly, there was a lot of backlash but privately it’s been very different. I got hundreds and hundreds emails from people who were very supportive, a lot of which were from people who were survivors of abuse.’
That’s disturbing if true.
Nickerson has admitted that he is attracted to children as young as 3 or 4, but that his attraction peaks with children aged around 9 or 10 years old.
Although he is adamant he has never offended, he says he did have a moment of temptation when he was 18 while babysitting a five-year-old girl.
This is also disturbing.
Nickerson says his goals are twofold now – to end the demonisation of paedophiles and to encourage other offenders to seek support.
And that first goal is something I can’t ever approve of.
He said: ‘I’m a pioneer, I’m out here doing something that really needs to be done, raising awareness and letting people what people like me deal with and struggle with.
‘I am neither proud nor ashamed of being a paedophile, at this point I just accept it – it’s who I am.’
That’s fine, accept yourself if you want. Just don’t go expecting the rest of us to accept you in the same way.
You might wonder to yourself, what could possibly be behind the push to normalise paedophilia? Well it’s quite simple really. There are a lot of very powerful and influential people in the world who have this perversion, and would like to see it normalised.
This isn’t about compassion for the “poor non-offending paedophiles who can’t help being attracted to children”. This is purely an attempt by powerful figures with sick urges towards children, to use their influence and that of the media to manipulate the masses into accepting, and eventually legalising their perversions. I only hope that people remain steadfast in their convictions that this is something we should never show even the slightest amount of tolerance for.