I'll be going by the handle YouthRightsRadical for the purposes of this blog and blog related interactions.
I've spent many years on many websites and forums putting forward my views on a wide variety of political and social issues. Because I've ended up repeating myself so often in those debates, I decided to finally bite the bullet and get a blog.
For those of you unfamiliar with the derivation of my handle, Youth Rights is a social movement with the goal of empowering young people. Among my beliefs is the firm view that age based restrictions are fundamentally unacceptable. I've never apologized for this position, and I never will.
While the subject of Youth Rights is near and dear to my heart, and it's one where I have a great deal to say, it's far from the only subject I have strong opinions about, so you can expect posts on other subjects as the fancy strikes me.
While I have no intent of posting personal information and enabling stalkers, I'm sure some of you are curious about basic demographics, and I feel safe enough providing that information. I am a heterosexual, cisgendered white male in my late twenties.
So far so good, but there's one more thing I think we should get out of the way in the beginning.
I am a pedophile. Specifically, I am sexually attracted to young girls in the age range of 0-10. I'm also celibate, meaning regardless of my sexual desires, I don't act on them.
No doubt that for some of you my orientation casts my Youth Rights views in a sinister light. Why would I even mention something like this if it can only serve to undermine my positions and give free ammunition to my detractors?
There are two main reasons.
1) I find that anyone who espouses the idea that society has screwed up ideas on the subject of age lines will always be accused of pedophilia in the course of a debate anyway. By outing myself at the beginning, I can preempt that accusation and cut to the root of the reason people think it's relevant.
The fact of the matter is whether or not my motivations are sufficiently "pure" for your liking changes not one thing. Either my arguments are compelling and well supported, or they are not. Either I am right, or I am wrong. I refuse to spend so much as one second pretending that anyone who would dismiss my arguments because they came from a pedophile was ever honestly engaging in the debate to begin with.
2) I've already spent too much time in the closet. Hiding a part of yourself as big as your sexuality is a burden, and it eats away at you. I've come out to close friends and family out in meatspace, and I've made a commitment to being open about this aspect of myself online as well.
So, welcome to my new blog. Let's see where this goes.