A peer-reviewed academic journal has taken the controversial decision to publish an article promoting the normalization of pedophilia.
The article, “Childhood Innocence is Not Ideal: The Ethics of Virtue and Sex between Children and Adults,” was written by a convicted child pornographer and will appear in the December issue of Sexuality & Culture, an interdisciplinary journal that “publishes peer-reviewed theoretical articles based on logical argument … and empirical articles describing the results of experiments and surveys on the ethical, cultural, psychological, social or political implications of sexual behavior” , noted columnist Justin Lee. week at Arc Digital.
The author of the article is Tom O’Carroll, a Briton who has been jailed twice for pedophilia-related offenses.
O’Carroll’s article argues that the ethics of virtue – a general term for ethical theories rooted in the thought of the Greek philosopher Aristotle, emphasizing the importance of character and virtue in moral philosophy rather than the simple duty or to act in order – is not a reason for rejecting sexuality. acts between children and adults, and that society should allow and even celebrate them.
“The claim that children are incapable of reciprocal sex is empirically unfounded. Where is the evidence? A comparison with animals is again suggested. Dogs appear to be perfectly capable of reciprocity in romantic relationships with humans, often to the point of being all a little as devoted and loyal in their affections to their owners as their owners are to them, and maybe even more, ”argues O’Carroll in the article.
“If even a dog can experience the required feelings in a reciprocal relationship of an interpersonal character (anything but name), why would a child be unable to do so,” he continued.
Although he doesn’t say it bluntly, Lee believes that O’Carroll’s writing serves a more nefarious purpose – that of encouraging children to “consent” to sex with adults.
O’Carroll further argues that pedophilia is “a sexual orientation like any other” and challenges the concept of “innocence” inherent in a child. He also uses the term “child-adult” in a linguistic attempt to describe the child as one who initiates sex with adults, and attempts to link his case to feminist distaste for “patriarchy”, accusing the suppression of children’s rights. sexuality at the feet of “patriarchal societies”.
Child rape is downplayed repeatedly throughout the article as a kind of “game,” a type of “loving interference between parent and child,” Lee notes.
In 2006, O’Carroll was convicted of manufacturing and distributing child pornography through his pedophilia advocacy organization, the International Pedophile Child Emancipation Group, and its subsidiary, Gentlemen with an Interesting Name. .
Authorities uncovered a child pornography library that O’Carroll had helped run from his home that featured children – some of whom were boys as young as 6 years old – who had been filmed and photographed in the process of ‘being tortured and raped, the Irish Times reported.
O’Carroll viewed the groups as the basis of an “international secret society” of “academic” child molesters, police said at the time. O’Carroll is also the author of the 1980 book Pedophilia: the radical affair and Michael Jackson’s Dangerous Liaisons, published in 2010.
Christian author and thought leader Rod Dreher commented on his blog The American Conservative this week that the article is further evidence that “[t]he destructuring of human relationships under the guise of liberating desire is the goal of these people, whether they realize it or not. “
“Without God, or some other compelling source of sacred order, there is only nihilism. If you don’t have God, get ready to make room for Tom O’Carroll and his celebration of the diversity, ”he said.
The publication of O’Carroll’s article is not the first time academics have held views in favor of pedophilia.
The Christian Post reported in August 2016 that SUNY-Fredonia philosophy professor Steven Kershnar had published a philosophical “analysis” of sexual relations between children and adults. In his 168-page book, titled Adult-child sex: an analysis, Kershnar questions the moral status of pedophilia and compares the disgust people feel at the idea of adults and children having sex to the disgust some feel when viewing images of obese people having sex.
Sociologist Mark Regnerus noted that today’s climate is less hostile to such arguments and that while most still react with disgust at the mention of pedophilia, a lot is going under the radar.
The Archives of sexual behavior published over the past year two studies by psychologist Bruce Rind, both of which have argued that “sex between adults and minors tends not to be reported as a bad experience, unwanted or having consequences long-standing negative, ”he said in September 2017.
Rind wrote in a 1998 issue of Psychological Bulletin that the long-term destructive effects of child abuse are overestimated, a claim that the American Psychological Association and both Houses of Congress have publicly rejected. Yet last year the APA and the federal government said nothing.
Regnerus added: “What Congress easily condemned in 1999 became something Congress ignores, or ignores, in 2017. Academics who have doubts about the wisdom of any sexual norm beyond consent have little feeling. space in which to operate today. Meanwhile, a liberating science of sex and sexuality has exploded in popularity over the past decade, with the help of empathetic foundations – I think of Gill, Ford and Arcus , among others – and even the indirect complicity of the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. ”