Anonymous said: the next time you write an article sympathizing with pedophiles, don't act like sex involving a seven year old is consensual. use the word rape to describe rape. and thanks for the trigger warning asshole.
Using the words “rape” or “molest” in place of “sex” is an interesting argument that, I’ll admit, I didn’t think a whole lot about while writing the piece. My default thinking is that if you’re talking about “sex” between a grown man and a prepubescent child, it should be obvious that it’s not consensual.
The trigger warning thing is actually something I brought up to my editors. I directly asked if we should include one at the top of the piece, and we thought about it for a few minutes. Our final decision was that an article with “People Who Want to Have Sex with Children” in the headline was trigger enough. If I was molested as a child and didn’t want to read anything about molestation, I probably wouldn’t read something that references molestation in the headline.