The perversions of Amerikans frustrates me. Today there was a story on CNN (see link) referring to a “swinger” group that coerced children into having sex.
Rampant sexuality scares people; definitions are definitely in order!
- Swinging is between consenting adults. Pedophilia is adults on children.
- Swinging involves consenting adults. Children, by definition, cannot consent.
- Swinging is between singles and couples. Pedophilia is sexual assault on a child.
Please, don’t anyone think I approve of swinging personally. IMHO, marriage is between consenting adults, for the purpose of entering into a long-term relationship with a loved one. Or several. And “swinging” is for fornication with (sometimes randomly selected) people with whom there isn’t such a relationship. Morally, ethically (and, if there are kids involved, as a parent) I object.
But swinging is not pedophilia. And trying to mix the two together perverts, a very basic level, grownup decisions, however misguided, with violent sexual assault on children.
The case is before the courts is about the rape, pedophilia and illegal acts committed by the Mineola Swinger’s Club, which clearly consists not of consenting adults, but sick child rapists. But the media, not making the distinction between ‘swingers’ and ‘pedophiles,’ commits a grave sin of omission. It’s the media’s sacred responsibility to tell the truth, even if it’s not socially or conventionally convenient. Swingers, open marriages, gays, lesbians, polyamous couples and others all exist in the real world. We might not all agree or believe in their legitimacy, but it’s a cruel punishment to besmirth a societally unpopular label with the grotesque tar of rape.
Shame, shame, shame!