'Woke' University Professor Suspended for 'Normalizing Pedophiles'
Dr. Allyn Walker declared it's 'OK' for adults to be sexually attracted to children
A "woke" transgender university professor in Virginia has been suspended after defending pedophiles as "Minor Attracted People" and arguing that it's "OK" for adults to be sexually attracted to children because it's a "natural urge."
Dr. Allyn Walker, who identifies as "transgender," was placed on leave by Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, on Tuesday.
The move came after a swell of outrage over Walker's remarks and views.
Walker, whose bio in "Experiences of Trans Scholars in Criminology and Criminal Justice" indicates the professor is "queer" and "nonbinary trans," has written a book that tries to destigmatize pedophilia by encouraging people to refer to pedophiles as "Minor Attracted People."
"A lot of people when they hear the word pedophile, they automatically assume that means sex offender," Walker said in a video to promote the book.
"That isn't true. And it leads to a lot of misconceptions."
Walker argues that pedophiles should be able to use childlike sex dolls to satisfy their "natural urges" and stop them from targeting actual children.
The far-left professor insists that they "didn't ask" to be sexually attracted to kids.
Walker claimed in a recent interview with Prostasia that "there is no morality or immorality attached to attraction to anyone because no one can control who they're attracted to at all.
"In other words, it's not who we're attracted to that's either OK or not OK.
"It's our behaviors and responding to that attraction that are either OK or not OK."
The remarks sparked outrage immediately, but the university at first refused to remove Walker from the college.
After a Change.org petition gathered nearly 4,000 signatures calling for Walker's removal, the school changed course.
The Norfolk, Virginia college made the announcement Tuesday evening, saying the suspension of Dr. Allyn Walker — an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice — was "effective immediately."
"Reactions to Dr. Walker's research and book have led to concerns for their safety and that of the campus," the ODU statement read.
"Furthermore, the controversy over Dr. Walker's research has disrupted the campus and community environment and is interfering with the institution's mission of teaching and learning."
ODU President Brian O. Hemphill added, "I want to state in the strongest terms possible that child sexual abuse is morally wrong and has no place in our society.
"This is a challenging time for our University, but I am confident that we will come together and move forward as a Monarch family."
In Walker's book, the abstract says, "Challenging widespread assumptions that persons who are preferentially attracted to minors — often referred to as 'pedophiles' — are necessarily also predators and sex offenders, this book takes readers into the lives of non-offending minor-attracted persons (MAPs).
"There is little research into non-offending MAPs, a group whose experiences offer valuable insights into the prevention of child abuse.
"Navigating guilt, shame, and fear, this universally maligned group demonstrates remarkable resilience and commitment to living without offending and to supporting and educating others."
In the Prostasia interview, Walker went to great lengths to differentiate between pedophiles and minor-attracted people in what seemed to be an attempt to normalize adult attractions to people under the age of 18 as long as those attractions aren't carried out:
"And I want to be extremely clear that child sexual abuse is never ever okay.
"But having an attraction to minors as long as it isn't acted on doesn't mean the person who has those attractions is doing something wrong.
"I think we have a tendency to want to categorize people with these attractions as evil or morally corrupt.
"But when we're talking about non-offending MAPS, these are people who have an attraction that they didn't ask for.
"And one that frequently they would give anything to change.
"But they find that they're unable to change those attractions.
"And most importantly, the people in my study did not act on them."
Walker also stated:
"... there's a big difference between MAPs and child sexual abusers. 'Pedophilia' is a clinical term that indicates a sexual attraction to people who have not gone through puberty.
"MAP refers to someone who has preferential attractions to minors, and that can include children who have gone through puberty or not.
"And child sexual abusers are people who have committed a sexual offense against a child.
"Many of these people are indeed MAPs.
"But first of all, there are many people who commit sexual offenses against a minor who are not attracted to children in general.
"We know that abusers commonly commit sexual offenses for reasons related to power control and access, not because of attraction.
"So many child sexual abusers are not MAPs."