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Allyn Walker, an assistant professor at Old Dominion University in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice is promoting pedophilia. Walker identifies as a “non-binary” person and believes that society should not condemn those who are attracted to minors.
In an interview with Prostasia, he discussed his book A Long, Dark Shadow, Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity. In his book, he uses the term MAP which stands for Minor-Attracted Person. This is the name of a recently known social movement, made up of people who seek to differentiate themselves from pedophiles.
“I use the term minor-attracted person or MAP in the title and throughout the book for multiple reasons. First, because I believe it is important to use terminology for groups that their members want others to use for them. MAP defense groups such as B4UAct have advocated for the use of the term, and have advocated for it primarily because it is less stigmatizing than other terms such as pedophile. When they hear the term pedophile, many people automatically assume it refers to a sex offender. And that’s not true,” Walker said during the interview.
Professor asks not to call them pedophiles
Walker said that the term has nothing to do with morality. “From my perspective, there is no morality or immorality attached to being attracted to anyone, because no one can control who they are attracted to at all. In other words, it’s not what we’re attracted to that’s right or wrong. It’s our behaviors and responding to that attraction that is right or wrong.”
He further added, “I think we believe societally, that stigma against MAPs serves to protect children because we don’t fully understand the differences between MAPs and sex offenders. Again, we have this confusion between the attraction and a criminal behavior.”
Reactions and outrage over attempts to normalizing pedophilia attempts
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) spoke out when he watched the interview by mentioning the university’s Twitter account and asking “what the hell is wrong” with them.
Different users in social networks expressed their discomfort with the university professor’s attempts to normalize the sexual attraction of adults to children.