The UK newspaper The Sun has published an article about my friend and fellow VirPed member Gary Gibson and his wife. Gary’s humanity and the love between he and his wife comes through loud and clear. Check it out. It’s called I Don’t Think of Him as a Paedo. Please ignore the sensational headline and the horrendous grammatical issues (seems like copy editors are rare these days), and be sure to watch the accompanying video!
The very first episode of my YouTube series To MAP Humanity is now up! You can watch it right here. Keep in mind that this is all new to me so it isn’t perfect, but I think it’s pretty good for a first effort from an amateur. Let me know what you think!
Okay, so first things first: there’s a new VICE article that is mainly about me that just came out, called A Pedophile Opens Up About Being Targeted By Vigilantes, written by Manisha Krishnan. It’s actually part four in a series about vigilantes who target pedophiles and sex offenders.
Alright, now for the bigger news. I am about to launch a new video series on YouTube called To MAP Humanity, which will tackle pedophilia from a variety of angles and in various contexts. The show will deal with this very serious topic in a more lighthearted way than the media usually does, with an emphasis on the pedophile’s humanity. The first episode is set to launch on January 7th or 8th. Whatever the case, I will provide a link whenever it becomes available.
There’s an amazing interview that someone called Supoz did with my friend and fellow VirPed member, Ender (a.k.a. Enderphile). If you haven’t heard it, you really should. You can listen to it here.
Slate just published an outstanding article on the nonsensical conspiracy that has come to be called Pizzagate. It’s so outrageous that it would be almost hilarious if it wasn’t so dangerous to real people and didn’t deal with such dark subject matter. At any rate, it’s the very embodiment of how the modern far right has taken Adolf Hitler’s concept of the Big Lie and sprinted with it. In the Slate piece, Richard Beck places Pizzagate in its proper historical context as just the current incarnation of a long line of child sex ring conspiracies.
Right, so, a lot of things have happened since I last posted anything in my poor neglected blog. I suppose the main one was the release of the (very short) documentary piece about me produced by Barcroft Media. If you haven’t already, you can see it here. It’s only ten-and-a-half minutes of your time, and I really think you should check it out. John and Rauridh did an excellent job on it. And as a result, there have been a multitude of articles spawned by that piece just as there was with the first Salon article. Two were in the Sun alone (here and here). Despite the crummy headlines that were clearly intended to be inflammatory, the articles themselves aren’t too bad, especially the first one. There are several other articles but I won’t link them all as most are just repetitions of the Sun articles or commentary on the video.
Moving on, there was a great piece published in the Irish Times today by a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. She recounts a bit of the abuse she suffered, but what really caught my attention was that she identified her abuser as a situational offender rather than a pedophile. This distinction is very important, and I’m glad to see someone other than a MAP or scientific expert point it out. The message is getting through, and perhaps no one needs to understand this distinction more than survivors. In fact, her viewpoint towards pedophiles and child sex offenders is an enlightened one across the board. She understands more than most what is really at stake here. You can read that article here.
Obviously the presidential election has come and gone since I last wrote here. I have to say that I am not without concern over Trump becoming the next POTUS. He has already displayed signs of his willingness to trample on the rights of minorities, and there are few minorities as unpopular as MAPs, even those of us who do not offend. On the other hand, I am also emboldened as I feel now it is more important than ever to make the case for virpeds. Which reminds me: I have another article in the works which I hope to finish it soon. It is a much broader piece than those I wrote for Salon, focusing less on me and more on the issues that pertain to all MAPs. The tone of it is more official than my other articles, but I hope it is still accessible to the average reader.
Finally, I’d like to say that the Virtuous Pedophiles forum itself continues to grow and strengthen. As far as I’m aware, VirPed is the only forum of its kind in the world (in the Anglophone parts of the world, at least) and it was obviously badly needed. My hope is that it is merely the first in a succession of such forums.