The ‘mild paedophilia’ of Richard Dawkins
The science writer and genuine scientist Richard Dawkins is known for making bold statements that may be interpreted either as social cluelessness or intentional attention seeking. And he usually wins either way, because his shitstorms make him famous and sell copies of his books. But this time, at least, he doesn’t really deserve to be in the gunsights for what appears to be a sensible observation about shifting social attitudes.
“Just as we don’t look back at the 18th and 19th centuries and condemn people for racism in the same way as we would condemn a modern person for racism, I look back a few decades to my childhood and see things like caning, like mild paedophilia, and can’t find it in me to condemn it by the same standards as I or anyone would today.”
Is this really so bad?
Frankly Dawkins as a zoologist is better qualified to comment upon human sexual behaviour than the shills of the NSPCC, whose strange claims regarding paedophilia are as far out and sensational as those Dawkins spews out against religion. Just for laughs rather than to give the kooks any more attention, this is what the NSPCC’s Peter Watt has been programmed to say in response to a challenging thought.
“Mr Dawkins seems to think that because a crime was committed a long time ago we should judge it in a different way.
But we know that the victims of sexual abuse suffer the same effects, whether it was 50 years ago or yesterday.”
It is obviously lost on Mr Watt that it is precisely because the effects of the sex act remain the same that its moral status should not have changed significantly. And remember that the NSPCC have been involved in come truly bizarre sensationalism in the past, such as the idea that real life witches were abusing children during secret rituals in the 1990s(!), and more recently hit the headlines calling for convenient online censorship and associating homeschooling with child abuse.
Just to make it clear, unlike harmless sex acts involving teenage “children”, I don’t wish to endorse even the ‘mild paedophilia’ Dawkins has dared to speak about. But I really don’t care for the insane hysteria surrounding the topic now, and its this same hysteria and lack of proper debate that sees kids imprisoned for sleeping with people in their own age group, and the crazy criminalisation of drawings that depict nonexistent children. The whole thing is outright bizarre and Dawkins merely referred favourably to a time when social attitudes were at least a bit saner rather than being guided by tabloid hyperbole.
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