One of the first tactics that the SJW crowd has when arguing with a person who doesn’t agree with them is to paint them as a conservative. That’s the strawman that they have in their heads of everyone who thinks that they are wrong and doesn’t immediately believe that they are completely and utterly correct. I’ve always found this interesting. When Christina Hoff Sommers, aka The Factual Feminist, published videos where she debunked a lot of third-wave feminist talking points, she was immediately labeled as conservative and dismissed. Never mind that she has been a registered Democrat for over 20 years. This tactic also has the purpose of being able to get their side of the fence to not even listen to the arguments of those who oppose them. They’re a conservative, so they are wrong, and we don’t have to listen to what they have to say. That’s the mindset. It’s toxic, stupid, juvenile, and what’s more – it’s wrong.
When Todd Nickerson wrote his article on Salon.com where he talked about why he is a pedophile and not a monster, and we should feel bad for him and his plight, I made a response where I, in no uncertain terms, said that I didn’t feel bad for him. I outlined why. I spoke about articles like his are starting something dangerous. It’s starting a culture where people are going to justify pedophilic acts on the grounds, “it’s my orientation!” I’m right. You know that. For every pedophile like Todd, who abstains from acting on their urges, there are plenty more who don’t. Todd made the creepiest statement ever and said that pedophiles feel even worse about that than normal people. No joke, that’s what he said. Todd…ew. But the fact is that if people like Todd work to get this kind of thing accepted as it is, then the truth is that it will be used to justify when a pedophile does go to far. Because “tolerance” is just one step away from “acceptance.” And I guarantee you, Todd, that people who do want to act on their urges to have sex with little children (not just grope!) would like nothing better than for that to be the case.
In the name of tolerance, you are opening the door to people who will so obviously exploit it to do harm the children. I’m sorry, Todd. Really, I don’t think you’re a terrible person. You have this idealized view of pedophiles as people who all suffer in silence. Sure, those people may exist. But there are those who don’t just suffer in silence. Those who act on what they want, and ruin the lives of children. People like the skating coach of my friend, who helped make her terrified of any kind of sexual contact for years. He would have loved it if he could make the argument that this is his orientation, and we should accept it. Because if we accept it, then he doesn’t have to pay for what he does. Or if he does have to pay, it’s in some small way. Slap on the wrist.
I am a liberal, Todd. I am a liberal who thinks that your views are wrong, because I see the bigger picture. I’m sorry that you suffer in silence. But that’s the price you pay for wanting to have sex with children. Let’s not idealize what you want. Brass tax, you want to boink kids. The fact that you have come out in a new article and condemned people like me shows that not only did you miss the point that people like me were making, but you are unable to see what the problem is. Here’s a ink to Todd’s newest article, where he paints all his detractors as monsters. Part of a “right-wing hate machine.” We need to talk about this, Todd, because I refuse to let myself to sucked into the SJW mentality of just labeling me a conservative and that’s it.
You missed the point, Todd. Glad to see that you at least saw part of my argument. You did argue for us to “normalize pedophilia.” You want your community to be tolerated and accepted by society at large. For us not to view you as monsters. While I hate slippery slope arguments as much as the next person, I can’t deny that here there is a reason to fear the worst. People suck, Todd. People are disgusting creatures that will use and exploit whoever they can, whenever they can. Maybe you and the people on your forum are all wholesome and filled with light, but the truth is that as a species, we suck. So what am I supposed to take away from the argument that, in the name of tolerance, we should embrace pedophiles and not treat their urge to have sex with children as wrong?
If pedophilia becomes just another accepted orientation, then that opens the floodgates to court cases when people can argue that touching or having sex with children isn’t as bad as it seems. Maybe it won’t keep pedophiles out of jail, but it will most certainly make the law much softer on them. And that is something I cannot accept. I’m sorry, Todd, but pedophilia is wrong. It is wrong to want to have sex with children. No matter how you paint it, at the end of the day, you want to have sex with a child. I don’t accept it because I don’t want to start thinking that a child who is the victim of a sex crime isn’t so bad off because pedophiles are part of a protected class of people. Just another sexual orientation. “Oh, he was just expressing his sexuality!” It’s not a slippery slope if it is so obvious what people will do, is it? Are we just going to forget that humanity sucks? Is that cool with you, Todd?
When I wrote my original post, I asked how far this tolerance culture is going to go. How far down this rabbit hole everything would run to, before the madness would grow and consume everything. I still wonder that, to this day. We have a person who doesn’t sound like the worst guy in the world, wanting to get something that I will ALWAYS view as a mental disorder classified as a legit sexual orientation. In doing so, he would open the gates for that designation to be exploited, and god-knows how many children’s victimhood to be ignored. Maybe Todd can sleep well with that, but I can’t. As I said, here is my prejudice. Here is my bigotry. I am a bigot against pedophiles. From where I’m sitting, in this case, it’s the safer route to take.
I am a liberal, Todd, and I am 100% against you and what you stand for. Don’t go letting the SJW mentality twist this around on me.
Until next time, a quote,
“We are selfish, base animals. We try real hard and occasionally we can aspire to be something less than pure evil.” -Gregory House, House, M.D.