You would think that it shouldn’t be a political thing, that all people should stand against people acting as pedophiles or anyone who would want to sexualize children.
Yet you have people on the left side of the aisle who seem to have issues when Americans call out pedophiles or groomers. They seem angrier about the usage of the terms than they are about the actions of those who may be endangering children.
On Wednesday, Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) went off on people who dared to talk about groomers and pedophiles.
Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) says that the terms “groomer and pedophile allege that a person is criminal somehow merely because of their sexual orientation and gender identity” and laments that Twitter allowed groomer “to reach 72 million users.” pic.twitter.com/hi6tuAPm4F
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) December 14, 2022
“You know, this allegation of groomer and pedophile, it is alleging that a person is criminal somehow and engaged in criminal acts merely because of — of their identity, their sexual orientation, their gender identity.”
Um, no, Rep. Porter, people are calling out the actions that appear to be pedophilia or grooming kids, not whatever the person’s sexual orientation is. If an adult is engaging in pedophilia, Congresswoman, yes, that is criminal and no one should have to tell you that.
If someone is trying to sexualize children, then, yes, they are a groomer. Again, that is not a particularly controversial term.
What is she trying to say? Is she arguing that pedophilia/being a groomer is a sexual orientation that should be defended? She certainly seems more concerned about the people being called out than whether or not children are being sexualized. To her, the evil is not the actions against children, but the use of the terms “pedophilia” or “groomer.” She’s angry that Twitter didn’t do more to censor the people who used the term.
“What happens online translates to real harm that happens in people’s lives,” Porter ranted. Yes, which is why Elon Musk is now championing taking down the child sexual exploitation that had not been dealt with by the prior Twitter owners. But her questions weren’t concerned about that.
Porter spoke about online threats to the LGBTQ community to Jessie Pocock, who works for an advocacy organization out of Colorado. “You provide services to a community that experienced a devastating LGBTQ attack,” and asked her to provide links to speech online to attacks on providers like Pocock. The recent shooting attack in Colorado in November was allegedly committed by someone who claims to be non-binary and it’s not clear that it had anything to do with online activities.
No, grooming is not normal and it should not be normalized.
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