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.
So, yeah, I’ve been away for quite awhile. To be honest, I was seriously considering retirement from all forms of pedophile activism for awhile, but circumstances have revealed to me that I should go on, as I continue to be in the best position of everyone at VirPed to do it. Thus, I will try to get active again. I’m currently working on a new article for publication on the state of society with respect to non-offending pedophiles. If anyone has any suggestions as to where I might submit such a piece, I am all ears. 🙂
And speaking of articles about non-offending pedophiles, there’s an excellent one that came out in the UK’s Independent a couple days ago, written by Ian Johnston: Brains of paedophiles who abuse children are different to those who do not, scientists discover. Check it out!
Many moons ago I was interviewed by Helen Joyce for a piece slated to come out in The Economist, a major British publication. I was beginning to think it was never going to see the light of day. Lo and behold, the piece finally dropped today! It’s called Shedding light on the dark field and it is quite a long and thorough piece. Yes, I’m in it, but the piece is not specifically about me. It’s really about the problems with mandatory reporting laws and how they are counterproductive to the goal of protecting children from sexual abuse. It’s one of the best articles on this subject I’ve read in ages, and I am very proud to have contributed to it. There’s also a companion piece in the same issue called First, save the children, though you’ll need a subscription to The Economist to read more than one article there. This is understandable, as the publication still has a print version as well as its online version, and they aren’t cheap to produce.
Not long ago someone wrote a letter to the editorial staff at the Summerville Journal Scene warning parents who allow their children to play Pokemon Go of the potential dangers of registered sex offenders. In response, Sandy Rozek of Reform Sex Offender Laws, Inc. wrote a beautiful response, herein titled Who are the real monsters? You can read it here.