Historical analogies for MAPs and allies
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There are numerous analogies with present day reality that may be of relevance to MAPs and allies. Using these parallels considerately in a debate can be turned to your advantage.
- Witch hunting. The literature, suspicion, and show trials surrounding witch hunts were all very similar to the process of obtaining legal closure for unlawful sex with minors. Guilt is assumed from the beginning, hearsay is enough to convict, and reasoned explanations are ignored.
- Homosexuality. Both are seen as aberrant as opposed to adaptive, owing to an oversimplification of evolutionary theory and hangover from religious assumptions about wasteful indulgence. Both have been described as unnatural and treated with behavioral and aversion therapies. Crude experimental sciences such as phallometry are deployed, once the deviant has entered the criminal system. Both of these tendencies have at points been presented as predatory and corrupting, with little analysis of motives or objective reality. Homosexuality was first presented by scientists as gender "inversion", while pedophilia (defined as a paraphilia in the same era by German psychiatrists) is still often presented as chronological inversion/regression.
- Onanism/Masturbation. Masturbation dogma is similar to CSA, and indeed a predecessor - since masturbation was defined as self-abuse and led to shame and aversion in children. Both are moral hysterias that developed into scientific discourses. CSA, while it was preceded by white slavery and child molester panics in the Victorian and postwar eras respectively, was reified in the 1970s/80s by moral entrepreneurs and Feminist theory. Present academics have compared the previous pathologization of self-gratifying sexual behavior in children with conceptions of present day "sexualized" children who court "bad touch" - even seeking pleasure with other children or adults.
- A Holocaust comparison can be dismissed at this point, however MAPs and adjacent academics often live like pre-holocaust middle-class Jews in Germany - i.e. second-class citizens who must hide their identity and might be targeted/raided at any time. It is also worth mentioning, that MAPs were doubtless, victims of the Nazis - who used specific terms, referring to pederasts as corrupters and destroyers of youth. Some researchers claim these pederasts were subjected to experimental brain surgeries, even in post war Germany.
- "Research conducted by John Fout, a historian at Bard College, suggests that the Nazis did not target homosexuals per se for the death camps. The Nazis targeted mainly two kinds of homosexuals: working-class men caught having public sex, and men of any class caught in relationships with minors. The latter would often be sent to concentration camps after completing their prison sentences."
- A genuine holocaust is an obvious aspiration of some present-day vigilantes and extremists.
- Masturbation - Similar hysteria.