A peer-reviewed academic journal has made the controversial decision to publish a piece promoting the normalization of pedophilia.
The article, “Childhood ‘Innocence’ is Not Ideal: Virtue Ethics and Child-Adult Sex,” 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 argumentation … and empirical articles describing the results of experiments and surveys on the ethical, cultural, psychological, social, or political implications of sexual behavior,” columnist Justin Lee noted this week in Arc Digital.
The author of the piece is Tom O’Carroll, a British man who has been jailed twice for pedophilia-related offenses.
O’Carroll’s article argues that virtue ethics — a broad term for ethical theories rooted in the thinking of ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, emphasizing the importance of character and virtue in moral philosophy rather than mere duty or acting in order — is not grounds for rejecting sexual acts between children and adults, and that society should allow and even celebrate them.
“The assertion that children are incapable of reciprocal sexual relations is empirically unfounded. Where is the evidence? A comparison with animals is again suggested. Dogs appear to be perfectly capable of reciprocity in loving relationships with human beings, often to the extent of being every bit as devoted and loyal in their affections toward their owners as their owners are toward them, and perhaps even more so,” O’Carroll argues in the piece.
“If even a dog can experience the requisite feelings in a reciprocal relationship of interpersonal (in all but name) character, why would a child be incapable of doing so,” he continued.
Although he doesn’t say it outright, Lee believes that O’Carroll’s writing serves a more nefarious goal — that of encouraging children to “consent” to sexual relations with adults.
O’Carroll further argues that pedophilia is “a sexual orientation like any other,” and calls into question the concept of a child’s inherent “innocence.” He also uses the term “child-adult” in a linguistic attempt to portray the child as the one who initiates sexual relations with adults, and attempts to link his case to feminist distaste for “patriarchy,” laying the blame for the suppression of children’s sexuality at the feet of “patriarchal societies.”
The rape of children is repeatedly minimized throughout the article as a kind of “play,” a type of “affectionate rough-housing between parent and child,” Lee notes.
In 2006, O’Carroll was convicted of making and distributing child pornography through his pedophile advocacy organization, the International Paedophile Child Emancipation Group, and its subsidiary, Gentlemen with an Interesting Name.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter