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First it was Lesbians (women and women) then Gay (homosexual men and men) then Bisexuals (attracted to men and women), then Transgender (gender dysphoria), then Queer (an umbrella term for those who don’t identify as heterosexual) to comprise the LGBTQ acronym first gaining popularity in the 1990s.
Over time, the LGBTQ acronym has expanded to include Polyamorous (having multiple partners), Intersex (sexual fluidity), Asexual (not identifying as any sex), Pansexual (identifying as all sexes, or sexual fluidity), Cisgender (gender identity corresponds to biological sex), and some argue, MAPs (minor attracted persons, or pedophiles).
MAPS - Pedophilia - Pastel - Rainbow - Flag
MAPS is seeking to normalize pedophilia, even promoting its own pastel rainbow flag:
According to Urban Dictionary, MAPs can also include Infantophiles (being attracted to infants), Pedophiles (attracted to pre-pubescent children), Hebephiles (attracted to pubescent children), and Ephebophiles (attracted to post-pubescent children).
Words - MAPs - IPHE
In other words, MAPs has a subcategory: IPHE.
“Considering the long-standing trope that LGBTI people are rapists and/or child molesters, the fact those who actually have attraction to children are attempting to co-opt LGBTI spaces is disturbing.
Media - LGBTI - People - Allies - MAPs
“Many on social media are warning LGBTI people and allies to be wary of the MAPs flag during Pride season. Additionally, many also called out the problematic nature of using a term like ‘minor attracted persons’ to normalize pedophilia.”
In a column published by The New York Times, former visiting professor at Brooklyn Law School, Margo Kaplan, argued that those who are sexually attracted to children are classified as having a psychological disorder, and that being a pedophile is not a crime. Within this vein, some MAPs refer to themselves as NOMAPs or “Non-Offending Minor Attracted Persons.”
People - Pedophiles - Misunderstood - ThePreventionProject - Org/maps
MAP/NOMAP people claim pedophiles are misunderstood and marginalized. ThePreventionProject.org/maps, which has since been taken offline, has an archived podcast of testimonials.
Pedophiles about Pedophilia, a site dedicated to explaining pedophilia written by pedophiles, hopes to provide insight into the “born...
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