The great US culture wars continue, but what is the next front? I was a believer in polygamy being the next push. I still am. It is a bit easier sell tot he masses, and any argument for gay marriage applies to polygamy except for the fact that polygamy has a long historical tradition across multiple ethnicities and religions. Forget why many groups banned it, just move back to polygamy for "progress". The trans* thing is really weird, and I don't think there is any amount of Hollywood conditioning that is going to make Americans tolerate that, forget acceptance. The NY Times decided to dip its talon claws into the culture war front by suggesting in an op-ed that we should consider pedophilia a disorder, not a crime and realize that pedos are suffering from our current mean treatment of them.
This is pretty amazing chutzpah to throw this out there decades after the gay community pressured the American Psychiatric Association to not call homose a mental disorder. Her discussion of pedo being a disorder suddenly opens the door to asking if all the other deviancies are a disorder. Recall that no one in academia calls these behaviors deviant anymore, as everything must be accepted. To suddenly label a sexual behavior a disorder, well why not go the next step and say that trans people have a disorder or even go back to say gays suffer a mental disorder? Are we going to have that talk, Margo? That would be a bad slippery slope, so we will not. This is similar to progressive defense of blank slate, no gender differences, et cetera, because if they concede on one, suddenly the entire gamut of prog beliefs is open to attack as it is the same garbage.
Another interesting bit in her essay is the discussion that 1% of adult men feel pedo attraction (prepubescent). This is despite the fact that recent surveys are putting the gay male percentage of the population around 3%, and this is after decades of saying it was 10%. Kaplan wants us to believe that 3% of men are gay and pedo men are 1/3 that size. I refuse to believe until widespread surveys show it, that there are 4.5 million gay men out there and 1.5 mil pedo men. I can believe the 4.5 million gay guy number, but the idea that for every three gay guys I find I should in a separate realm find a pedo is ridiculous (not calling gays pedos, just using one to reference small population size). We will not see those surveys though because as Kaplan said, the pedos are so horribly oppressed with their feelings they cannot discuss it. Boohoo. Just keep it to yourself pedos. Kaplan wants to roll back provisions that we have in different legislation to loosen things up so pedos can get treatment and work jobs around kids. Kaplan has done this before but with something else: HIV. Kaplan has written and fought against HIV spreading through sex criminal laws. Kaplan also is against HIV shaming. Kaplan obviously is obsessed with fighting for the most wretched human beings that she has no concept of societal safety.
I am nearly certain Kaplan is Jewish, and I am very certain she has no children. I have little nieces. I have small children of my own. If someone said they were attracted to them but was not going to act on it, I'd want them sent to a deserted Pacific Island where we performed nuclear tests. This is why I consider the sub-Saharan African "cure AIDS through sex with a 2 year old" a sign of evil and retardation. I do not care if they are taking their meds. We make alcoholics jump through many hoops to get their driver's license back, so why should we be helpful to pedophiles at all? That type of attraction is a disorder, and the sign of a broken human being. I looks at pedos as people we should be hanging in the town square when caught. Sure, it is a disorder, and a crime, and I do not want your part of the gene pool to pass on your pedo-ness or be free to roam and molest kids. These are not oppressed victims; these are people who are messed up in the head and should be sequestered.
Kaplan states how tough it is to fight for the rights of minorities even when they cause harm. Maybe that is a sign that you should not fight for them. It might be a sign to stop, you the interloper advocate, and realize that if someone advocating for his or her group is so repugnant to humanity that no one wants them around, where even prisoners beat and kill them in prison society, that maybe you should walk away. Not every minority group needs or deserves a white knight. Kaplan probably has a deeper psychological need for this. I cannot imagine what tiny, little minority group with weird customs and deviant behavior that is involved with causing harm to society Ms. Kaplan may have in the back of her mind when she is talking of the oppressed and emotionally tortured pedos in our midst that she eagerly wants to change our laws to empower.