All pedophiles are trash, no exceptions. There is no “Kink-shaming” about it. Protect survivors at all costs.
I have to respectfully disagree with this. Pedophiles’ attraction to children is not a simple kink, it’s their orientation (and there are many out there for whom it is absolutely devastating.)
Pedophiles who assault children should absolutely be punished. Children are not capable of consent — they are to be protected, not taken advantage of. But the issue is not nearly as black and white as Tumblr’s social justice brigade would love for it to be.
Many acts of child molestation aren’t committed by those who would be clinically classified as pedophiles, but just your regular garden variety rapists. They rape children because they are vulnerable, accessible and easily controlled (because rapists are aroused by power, not their attraction to the individual), not because they are sexually attracted to children.
This not to say there are not pedophiles who molest children; they are most certainly put there and deserve to be on the receiving end of your rage. But there are also pedophiles who live with their orientation without ever acting on their urges.
Anyways, the point of this post is that “child molester” and “pedophile” are not synonymous. I am firmly of the belief that pedophiles should be judged by how they choose to handle their urges, not for having them. I understand it’s a highly controversial opinion, but there you have it.