You would think that it wouldn't be a political issue, that everyone would be against pedophiles who want to sexually assault children. However, there are people on the left of the spectrum who appear to be irritated with Americans who condemn those they call pedophiles or groomers. They seem more angry over the use of these terms than they do about risking children's lives.
This week, Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) came out adamantly against people who dared to talk about groomers or pedophiles. “You know, this allegation of groomer and pedophile, it is alleging that a person is criminal somehow and engaged in criminal acts merely because of – of their identity, their sexual orientation, their gender identity.”
No, Rep. Porter, people are calling out acts that are allegedly sexual pedophilia or grooming of children, regardless of the abuser's sexual orientation. If an adult engages in pedophilia, Congresswoman, it is in fact a crime, and nobody should have to inform you of that.
If someone attempts to sexualize children, then one can call that person a groomer. This isn't an extremely controversial term.
What did she intend to say? Does she think that being a pedophile/groomer involves a sexual preference that needs to be protected? She certainly seems more concerned about the people who are being called out than about whether children are being sexually abused. For her, the problem isn't in the actions against children but rather the use of terms such as pedophile or groomer. She's upset that Twitter did not put in more effort to censor users who used the words.
“What happens online translates to real harm that happens in people's lives,” Porter declared. That's why Elon Musk is now championing the fight against child sexual abuse, which was ignored by the previous owners of Twitter. Her questions were not concerned about this.
Porter addressed online threats towards members of the LGBTQ community to Jessie Pocock, who works with an advocacy group from Colorado. “You provide services to a community that experienced a devastating LGBTQ attack,” requesting that she provide links to online speech attacks on providers such as Pocock. The shooting incident that occurred in the state of Colorado in November was believed to have been committed by a person who claimed to be non-binary, and it's unclear if it has any connection with online activities.
Grooming isn't normal and shouldn't be treated as normal.