Given that pedophilia is being defended in woke academia, let’s consider their arguments. So far, I have seen two arguments that attempt to deny the immorality of pedophilia. First, it is claimed that pedophilia is an innate sexual orientation and we cannot morally blame someone for a desire they cannot help. Second, it is argued that pedophile thoughts are not immoral since no one is harmed by mere thoughts. I find both arguments to be quite unconvincing.
Consider the claim that pedophilia is innate. My response is simple – so what? Just because a behavior is innate does not excuse it from being morally wrong. For example, I think that selfishness is innate in most humans. I also think violence is innate in most humans. If someone behaves violently for purely selfish reasons, I don’t excuse such behavior because it is innate. Violent selfishness is wrong. Period. That moral truth should instead act as a brake on those innate desires to hurt others for selfish reasons.
Next, what about the notion that thoughts alone cannot be immoral since they do not hurt anyone? This position denies the existence of immoral thoughts, yet I believe immoral thoughts can and do exist. For example, if someone spends a lot of time fantasizing about and writing stories about torturing and killing young children, I think that is immoral. It is wrong to spend time focusing on such thoughts. Now, I’m confident almost everyone would agree with me because of what I will call the Partner Test. Imagine you discover that your partner has a very rich and extensive fantasy life built around torturing and killing kittens and young children. Would you not suddenly think less of your partner’s moral character, such that you now know he/she has a “dark and depraved side”? Or would you think there is no problem here as long as your partner does not act on the thoughts? I don’t think there is a person alive who, in real life, would choose the “no problem here” response.
If, for some reason, the pedophile defender is not convinced, we can simply change the examples to better fit their “woke” sensitivities. For example, what if, for many people, racism and homophobia are innate? Is the woke professor willing to morally excuse racism and homophobia because it is innate? I think not. And what if your partner had an extensive fantasy life about torturing and killing black or gay people? That is, they write stories about lynchings and fantasize about doing it, but never act on those thoughts. Is there any woke professor out there willing to publicly say it’s okay to have violently racist and homophobic thoughts as long as you don’t act on them? Or would they agree with me that thoughts can be immoral?