"There are lots of obvious parallels between the trans lobby and pedophiles. In both cases, the group came from the fringes of society and claimed that they were marginalized victims of discrimination and stigma. Both groups have attempted to ride the coat tails of the gay community into the mainstream by using the "born this way" template. Both groups make highly inappropriate demands of society to validate their mental illness. And, most importantly, both groups LOVE to point to the DSM's history of categorizing homosexuality as a mental illness as proof-positive that they're being stigmatized by the health care community. "
Except that most gays don't use the "born this way" argument. Our sexual orientation isn't fixed, but can change over time. Pedophilia is rooted in fetishism (not a bad thing necessarily, unless you're a kink shamer) and transsexuals are born that way. I'm not a psychiatrist and I've spoken with one that has clearly stated that mental illnesses are a social construct. And while I do think it's partially true, humanity does change and so does our perception of our mind. All other parallels are valid, but they are also just a product of our time. They aren't stable constants at all.
"I'm not necessarily saying that transgender people are attracted to children, mind you. But there's an easily recognizable pattern forming here. My main criticism is aimed instead at liberals, who are proving themselves to be dangerously easy to manipulate. They sincerely believe that they are sticking up for the underdogs, the most marginalized of the marginalized. A couple years ago, they were publishing articles in Salon magazine imploring the public to consider pedophiles as victims of their own impulses ( that article was taken down recently). Now, they're demanding that we accept cross dressers into our private spaces and our bedrooms. And they're apparently too obtuse to at least protect kids from this ideological mindfuckery. "
I don't mind at all to see pedophiles as victims of their own impulses. I actually think that seeing pedophiles this way is much better, as it gives pedophiles a degree of humanity that not just they, but everyone, deserves, and makes you more respecting and compassionate towards them. It's probably not an accurate picture, but it's considerably more accurate than to paint brush every single one as an emotionless sociopath that wishes to have sexual fulfillment at the expense of the emotional, mental and physical stability of children. Also, what exactly makes you so afraid of men that you want to have "spaces" where you're safe from them. With the exception of rare cases, it just ends up annoying everybody. And yes I agree, it was gullible of liberals to believe in pedophilia rights.
"To put it nicely, I believe that liberals are proving themselves to be incredibly gullible. I hope they end up just as embarrassed of their support for transgender males as they were of their support for pedophiles. "
What has been said has been said.
"But for the life of me, I just don't understand why their bleeding-heart liberal sympathy stops short of showing an ounce of real concern for prosituted women and children. Not even for exploited little kids. It truly breaks what's left of my heart."
We do. We want a stable sex industry where women are given the right to work with labor unions and laws that guarantee that they have a job free from exploitation and have a career with great opportunities. We want them to enjoy their work and that they aren't shamed for liking it both at the workplace and outside of it. As for child prostitution, I'd agree that that has to end, at least under what I consider to be the definition of a "child".