Gawker takes sympathetic look at pedophiles; readers suggest #GawkersNextArticle!/kirstenpowers10/status/244543980593872896

Fox News analyst Kirsten Powers is only one of many who are “super troubled” by an article published yesterday by Gawker which takes a sympathetic look at pedophiles. And by “sympathetic,” we mean depraved.

I wrote this big piece about trying to find sympathy and new treatments for pedophiles. Check it out, maybe: #longreads

— Cord Jefferson (@cordjefferson) September 7, 2012

The morally bankrupt article, written by Gawker editor and self-described progressive Cord Jefferson, is titled “Born This Way: Sympathy and Science for Those Who Want to Have Sex with Children.” It begins with a graphic account of sex with a 7-year-old girl — not rape, not molestation, but “sex.” It ends with a plea for understanding of this particular “sexual orientation”:

The old adage is that the true mark of a society is how it treats the weakest in its ranks. Blacks, women, Latinos, gays and lesbians, and others are still in no way on wholly equal footing in America. But they’re also not nearly as lowly and cursed as men attracted to children. One imagines that if Jesus ever came to Earth, he’d embrace the poor, the blind, the lepers, and, yes, the pedophiles.

While the revolting article appears under Gawker’s “Science” banner, many are outraged by the overall tone of the piece, which forgoes use of the terms “rape” and “assault” with only two exceptions: when describing threats made against pedophiles; for example, “Outside of jail, it’s not uncommon for average citizens to harass and assault pedophiles.”

@cordjefferson A man can not "fall" for his 7 yr old niece.. Your article implies a child seduced a grown man.

— Kirsten Powers (@KirstenPowers) September 8, 2012

@Cordjefferson Also, a man having sex with a 7-yr old girl is not a 'sexual relationship" — it's rape and molestation

— Kirsten Powers (@KirstenPowers) September 8, 2012

Soft-pedaling child-rape: Why Gawker's pedophilia essay is poor journalism

— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) September 7, 2012

Dang, @gawker. I disliked your rag when it attacked me and the FBI. But your latest opinion made me want to vomit. Pedophilia is not ok.

— Brandon Darby (@brandondarby) September 8, 2012

Next, @Gawker will be defending Rape as just a sexual orientation.

— AG (@AG_Conservative) September 8, 2012

So…@cordjefferson posted this piece of depraved intellectual excrement on @Gawker: And u wonder why I hate people.

— This Will Kill You (@stephenkruiser) September 8, 2012

Just read the 'Sympathy for Pedophiles' article. I'm physically ill. Not going to link to it. But I would like to say: Fuck you, @Gawker.

— Kimberly C (@conkc2) September 8, 2012

Is anyone all that surprised @Gawker threw their lot in with pedophiles?

— Bob Owens (@bob_owens) September 8, 2012

So, what’s the point of trying to prove that pedophilia is just another sexual orientation with which one is born? “If this research proves to be correct,” writes Jefferson, “it should help shape both our public policy and our public attitude, so that we’re protecting kids while also protecting pedophiles from angry mobs, cellmates, and themselves.”

How long before they demand rights? Science: Born This Way: …Want to Have Sex with Children – @Gawker

— Tracy McCain (@tracy_mccain) September 8, 2012

With no attempt to even hide its agenda, Gawker inspired the #GawkersNextArticle hashtag. Just how low can you lower the bar while keeping the progressive language highbrow?

#GawkersNextArticle Rapists Are Just Misunderstood

— Ai-Everything (@AiPolitics) September 8, 2012

#GawkersNextArticle How to Manufacture Your Own Rohypnol

— Chris Barnhart (@ChrisBarnhart) September 8, 2012

#GawkersNextArticle Snorting coke with your kids: How it improves the parent- child relationship.

— Thisgirlisright (@ThisGirlisRight) September 9, 2012

#GawkersNextArticle Street Defecation: The Soft Side Of The Occupy "Movement."

— Imaumbn™ (@Imaumbn) September 9, 2012

#GawkersNextArticle Keep Getting Laid – Why Telling Your Partner-Of-The-Night About Your Deadly STD Is Morally Wrong

— Running Bare (@running_bare) September 9, 2012

#GawkersNextArticle Josef Mengele: Unsung Medical Pioneer

— BattleSwarm (@BattleSwarmBlog) September 9, 2012

#GawkersNextArticle Pol Pot-ential: The Overlooked Upside of the Khmer Rouge

— jon gabriel (@exjon) September 9, 2012

Sad, but not at all hard to believe:

somewhere at gawker, they are reading the #GawkersNextArticle tweets and saying… Some of these are good ideas!

— Aaron Worthing (@AaronWorthing) September 9, 2012

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