I think it’s safe to say that Twitter is perhaps one of the most worthless places a person could get an opinion, be it political, social, whatever. There is nothing of value there, people’s only desires seem to be how many Internet points they could win by appealing to the most people. It suffers from the same problems that Reddit suffers from, but unlike Reddit, it’s still a social network worthy of communication and discourse.
I’ve been a follower and supporter of @prostasia for a good couple years now. They’re the only organization that actually seems to truly care about CSA prevention in a utilitarian manner, and I mean ‘utilitarian’ in both a philosophical and a practical context.
Coming from someone who is NOT a pedophile/MAP, I think treating it as a ‘disease’ or mental disorder worthy of eradication is precisely what’s wrong with socially politicizing it. It becomes less about focusing on the reality behind exactly what pedophilia and CSA are and more about appealing to and conforming to a social standard that actually works against the truth and the facts.
The focus becomes about moral conformism, despite the fact that those ‘morals’ become disintegrated from contemporary moral philosophy.
Yes, pedophilia is unfortunate and a sexual interest in children is not something someone would likely want to have.
But it’s still a fact of life. It is, by all intents and purposes, a sexual orientation, just like homosexuality.
It will never go away.
You can’t pray it away.
It can’t be ‘cured’, either through therapy or medication.
Once a person has it, it will always be there.
Being born with pedophilia is not and should not be a death sentence, nor should it be a commitment to a lack of sexual indulgence or forced celibacy. Sexual preoccupation and expression are natural things that, if suppressed, can and will cause stress. This is a known fact in psychology.
Of course, adult-child sexual activity is ALWAYS wrong and harmful to the children who experience it.
From a feedback standpoint, the brunt of the dissent seems to come from Prostasia partnering with MAP Support club and how, mistakenly, Prostasia having worked with registered sex offenders for brief periods of time, namely Guy Hamilton-Smith and Jeff White.
It’s a good thing that Prostasia no longer works with these people, both from a PR standpoint as well as a functional one, but the fact of the matter is is that with such groundbreaking and controversial standpoints that Prostasia takes as a means to prevent child sex abuse.
I do think some proper transparency from Map Support Chat should be warranted, in addition to excluding those who are under the age of 18 a stable rule, as well as being upfront about how it works and who works in it.
Some suggestions would be:
Change their ‘unspoken rule’ to a proper rule, whereby minors (under 18s) are prohibited from participating in the MSC.
Be transparent about the counselors and psychologists who are present when MSC is functioning, as well as include brief snippets on the types of subject matter which may be discussed and maybe even breakthroughs.
Make registering easier and be transparent about the rigorous vetting procedures that are done on both particiapnts and observers, regardless of whether or not they are MAPs.
I do think that working with sex offenders and not being more transparent about the operating procedures of MSC are issues. I don’t think, however, that using these mistakes
Destigmatization of pedophilia will actually REDUCE sexual offenses. Stigma does nothing to help anyone. Taking such hard-line militaristic stances towards anyone with an unconventional sexual interest or desire is precisely one of the things that contributed to the HIV/AIDS pandemics of the 80s and 90s, whereby it was seen as ‘intrinsically linked’ to homosexual sexual activity, which, combined with the growing cultural stigma founded by fundamentalist Christian and conservative ideology, along with an anti-science sex-negative attitude, did nothing but ensure those who were at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS did not receive the proper information they needed to further safer sex practices.
We’re seeing a similar, if not identical effect with pedophilia and child sex abuse.
Again, in case anyone reading this post may have glossed over it, CSA (child sex abuse) is ALWAYS wrong and completely unacceptable.
Under no circumstances should real-world adult-child sexual activity be condoned, enabled, committed, or allowed.
I think at the end of the day, @prostasia will have to do something to convince those with reasonable skepticism of its validity as a child protection/CSA prevention charity and organization.
What do you think, @terminus ?