“Hello, M’Little Lady. Would you like some candy?” >what people actually believe all pedos are somehow…
Pedophobes actually believe we are all these kind of individuals who would take advantages over the “naiveness”
or should I say over the fact people deliberately keep ignorance in a child. This is actually produced thanks to society not permitting them to approach life as for what it is instead but establishing a determined view of what a minor should approach, ignoring what would originally be their way of experimenting through life and acquire their own experiences. Given the current legal approach, as well as the social particularity of child-adult relationships conception, there is incitement, rather than prevention of criminal behaviour.
These circumstances allows for the invention and successful implementation of a stereotype that has been made common across the years of what a “pedophile” apparently consists of. From men in their 40’s, to creepy dudes with white vans painted over with “FREE CANDY” at the side in their vans, the one-sided approach to pedophilia has been rather completely funded on a mere impression of what’s not known to misinformed folks. This is further fortified by said sources which makes them unaware of a complete interpretation of what MAPs are, which includes the media, politicians (given that in their position, they rather use pedophilia, along with terrorism to manipulate the uneducated masses), the legal implications surrounding this topic (introducing bias and limits to researches in particular) and the nonsensical censoring of those who had good experiences in a child-adult relationship.
Like all group of individuals, they often get classified as being a certain way in order to permit easier addressing and/or correlation. There is perhaps similar traits that they might share among each other, but does not make it so for everyone that constitutes part of that group, or in various cases, it doesn’t even apply to the majority at all, maybe to the most vocal ones, if anything. That is probably one of the biggest issues the MAP community is facing, the representation that is made of us to those who are less knowledgeable of pedophilia.
Currently, in order to actually understand pedophiles from a strictly informed point of view, it would be completely necessary for the curious individuals to make their own researches. The reason for this would be given the lack of definition of what pedophilia is from other standpoints that isn’t mostly against it and unwilling to explore it keeping a more open-minded attitude handy. Unlike other controversial topics, we do not have a sufficiently solidified movement that addresses our issues in all the possible points that this could be discussed in. This means that there is a monopoly of information traffic coming from mostly mainstream media whom also receives their information from third parties in grand majority of the cases, rather than coming from themselves with direct interaction with MAPs and direct research.
In order to be able to address this issue we need to become more active, but also while promoting changes to issues that also prevents us from exercising our freedom of speech first (if we can even consider actually having that right). Some of the barriers that are keeping us from getting into these topics are, for example, the sex offender registry, the severe punishments, along with the implication of horrible social conditions, for actions that aren’t necessarily harmful to anyone at all times, if not in the minimum of occasions. Another example is that it is only thought that CP is to re-traumatize individuals for some reason, though that argument does not contain any actual base whatsoever, and can easily be brushed off by replacing arguments of such nature from CP with Gore or something else that is both legal and inherently violent nature (which is objectively worse than whatever people want to make out of the subject I am comparing them with) and then observe how the latter is not prosecuted despite that.
It is a hard battle against censorship we are up against, but does that mean that we should further limit our efforts or does it mean to find even more ways to promote transparency, as well as the variety of information available on MAPs in all perspectives? The spreading of information and propaganda is perhaps one of the elements that mostly underestimated by individuals. At the very least, if not agree with us, people will be conscious about us and will eventually start discussion and partake into more and more conversations… Some will remain ignorant and not pursue further than what the eye meets, others will start to research more and, consequently, come into a more informed take on how to address to pedophilia better, which while it won’t guarantee that they will side with a specific stance on contact, it will encourage more intellectual discussion and curiosity of the people, and the chances of folks knowing that MAPs are not evil beings.
What are your preferred methods of activism? I have recently been fond, thanks to discussion about it around other places, of using art as another method to convey our message. This both addresses the issues with pedophilia being dehumanized and the lack of our messages going through individuals and/or their lack of reach because in art you romanticize and also are able to abstractly represent the community. Now the only thing I would like to able to is to know how to draw, but at least I can well manage to use image editors to do much of what I would generally wish to do.