Watch: Woke historian refers to pedophilia as 'intergenerational sex' and somehow that's not the craziest thing
As you read this article, just remember, the left is definitely, 100%, absolutely not trying to normalize pedophilia as a sexual orientation. That's just homophobic, transphobic, racist, right-wing nutjob, conspiracy theorist rhetoric. Glad we cleared that up.
So a historian referred to pedophilia as, quote, "intergenerational sex" and said she wouldn't describe the children who endured such abuse as "survivors" or even call the abuse, "abuse".
The historian, Rachel Hope Cleves, made the comments in a Zoom interview hosted by Chicago University Press with author Alexis Coe. The interview took place back in 2020, but the clip recently began recirculating. For obvious reasons.
Cleves said, "I felt like that contemporary language would have made it impossible really for us to reckon with this prior historical system. So I do talk about intergenerational sex, to get to this terminology question, this is a contentious term because by the standards of our time, we don’t see any possibility for sex between adults and children, we see it as rape, and not following within the framework of sex and sexuality. I don’t use the discourse of survivors or necessarily abuse to make sense of sources.”
The book she's referring to is her biography of British author Norman Douglas. Douglas was charged with rape and sexual assault of underage boys and girls. Two of them were cousins aged 10 and 12. In another clip, she admitted Douglas's accounts of having sex with children were "gross". But she went on to explain that he didn't mean to titillate the reader - he just meant to mock the children he raped. Oh.
This is not her first, er, "controversial" opinion on minors and adults having sex. In a 2017 column she co-authored, she argued that Roy Moore, who was accused of sexually assaulting underage girls, was not a pedophile, since the youngest girl he allegedly pursued was 14-years-old. His crime, she wrote, was not "sexual orientation toward children".
But remember everyone, they're not coming for your kids. Not even a little bit.