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All ‘Male Feminists’ Are Creeps, and This Guy Is Exhibit A for the Prosecution

Posted on | August 31, 2021 | Comments Off on All ‘Male Feminists’ Are Creeps, and This Guy Is Exhibit A for the Prosecution

You may have forgotten who Noah Berlatsky is, or perhaps you never heard of him, but he first came to my attention in 2015, when radical feminist Meghan Murphy called him out for posing as a “male feminist” while Berlatsky was writing articles for Playboy. “Noah Berlatsky perseveres in his quest to become America’s Next Top Feminist” was the headline on Murphy’s article about this obnoxious creep.

Nevertheless, he persisted, and went from bad to worse, so that by January 2020, I was prompted to ask this question:

Is Noah Berlatsky a Pedophile?

You see, Berlatsky had wandered off in a predictable direction:


Such expressions raise the question of motive. It is possible, of course, to believe that concerns about pedophilia are disproportionate, and one might wish to discuss policy about related issues in a disinterested way. For example, many people have noted how travesties of justice like the McMartin Preschool Case were fueled by exaggerated fears, fueled by nonsense theories of “suppressed memory,” etc. But it is a completely different thing when, as in the case of Noah Berlatsky, someone starts arguing that the real problem is not pedophilia, but rather the “stigma” attached to pedophilia. Really? You want to destigmatize pedophilia?

We’ve seen this before, when Salon-dot-com published a series of articles in this vein, and we know that it never leads anywhere good. Now comes this bit of sadly predictable news:

NBC contributor Noah Berlatsky is now the Communications Director for Prostasia, a not-for-profit group that is reportedly attempting to legitimize pedophilia under the guise of helping children. As part of his work with the group, he has written about legitimizing “trans children,” conducted interviews about the positive impact of pornography on children, and how the best way to help children who are trafficked into the sex trade is to “decriminalize the sex industry.”
Prostasia offers pedophiles a MAP Support Club, which “is a peer support chat for minor attracted people who are fundamentally against child sexual abuse and committed to never harm children, and is a safe space to have peer support in times of trouble.” This group is for people who are aged 13 and up.
Prostasia bills itself as “a new kind of child protection organization” that has a different approach to protecting children than the current methods of social work and law enforcement, saying that these approaches “are less effective than they should be, because they are driven by emotion rather than evidence.”
That is one that involves embracing those that are self-identified pedophiles. The idea is that with support, these “minor attracted persons” can be “committed to never offending.” . . .
Berlatsky promotes the work of UC Berkeley lecturer Alexandra Lutnick, writing “Most young people who trade sex don’t see themselves as victims, Lutnick emphasizes. They often see themselves as resourceful individuals who are doing what they need to survive in difficult circumstances.” . . .
Berlatsky writes for Prostasia that there’s an issue with the term “trafficking” itself, saying that it “conflates underage people trading sex, consensual sex work, immigration, and all kinds of labor exploitation in all industries.” He claims that to use the word trafficking for child sex trafficking is a “deliberately obfuscating term which is basically designed to target sex workers rather than labor exploitation.”

Again, we must make an important distinction. On the one hand, there may be legitimate concerns about some of the issues Berlatsky is addressing; on the other hand, who in their right mind would go to work for an organization as creepy as the Prostasia Foundation?

Feminist Anna Slatz writes:

Prostasia sees the threat pedophiles pose to children as a bogeyman dreamed up by the alt-right, while condemning anti-pedophile sentiment as harmful “Nazi-like” rhetoric which requires mass censorship across social media.
The organization’s efforts have dedicated themselves to crusades against child pornography bans, letter-writing campaigns to state representatives demanding child-likeness sex dolls be kept legal, and funding research into “fantasy sexual outlets” for pedophiles.
Once these threads quickly unravel, Prostasia’s goals and underlying purpose becomes increasingly clear. Despite its attempts to role play as a mere progressive activist organization, all of Prostasia’s goals and campaigns lead to the exact same conclusion: The total normalization and acceptance of pedophilia in wider society.

Creepy is as creepy does, and Prostasia is trying to leverage “progressive” sentiment in support of a creepy agenda. The fact that “male feminist” Noah Berlatsky is involved is the least surprising part of it.




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