Leftists over at Salon have skipped bestiality as their next conquest of sexual liberation and have moved straight on to pedophilia instead.
It all began in September last year with the article "I'm a pedophile, but not a monster," which featured self-identified pedophile Todd Nickerson of the website "Virtuous Pedophiles" classify his sexual disorder as a "sexual identity" that needs to be met with some kind of compassion. Though neither Nickerson nor Salon advocates that pedophiles should be allowed to act on their urges, they do feel they should be allowed to be open about their identities without facing repercussions or be ostracized, as if people would be wrong to shield their children from ever being in their presence.
In a new video released Tuesday, Salon featured Nickerson talking openly about the nature of his sexual disorder, which he classifies as an orientation, and how he manages to resist the urge to molest children.
According to Nickerson, at age 18, he babysat a five-year old girl and fell in love with her, and since he never wanted to act on his urges, he chose to privately "relieve" himself instead. Thankfully, he has never molested a child his whole life and doesn't wish to. Instead, Nickerson wants to foster a new attitude in society that allows pedophiles to openly identify as such so they won't be forced underground.
So, essentially, as is always true of the left, Nickerson and Salon have begun to argue that if someone molests a child, then it's society's fault for not accepting him. They want us to own pedophilia, rather than kick it to the shadows. Nickerson even says society has "persecuted" men such as himself.
To make one thing clear, if someone has sexual fantasies about children and resists the urge to act, then that person needs to get help until those desires are eliminated or seriously diminished, and we should encourage that as long as they do. Many people who experience pedophilia were themselves victims of sexual abuse, and it is perfectly appropriate to hope for the healing of such a person.
Salon has moved way beyond that, however, by demanding we accept such a person as they are so long as they never molest a child. They want us to see that as part of who they are and not a grotesque disorder. There is no owning pedophilia, the same way there is no owning STD's as feminists do. Pedophiles have thoughts that need to go away, not merely be kept at bay.
In the comment boxes on Salon, some leftists have even gone so far as to suggest that pedophiles like Nickerson should be allowed to engage in simulated child pornography so they can stimulate themselves, theoretically preventing them from molesting actual children. The same "own it" mentality goes into the left's solution for every social ill: the war on drugs has failed, so let everyone have drugs; transgenders have a high rate of suicide, so let's celebrate transgenderism; get an STD or have an abortion, take pride in it; aroused by kids, indulge in simulated child porn.