Dr. Allyn Walker, an associate professor of Sociology at Virginia’s Old Dominion University, is a transsexual person. Many of Assoc. Prof. Walker’s fellow transsexuals attach extreme importance to a group’s preference in how they are addressed or referred to. This has resulted in strange pronouns like “xe” and “xir.”
Dr. Walker’s preferred pronoun is “they, them, and their.” No disrespect to Dr. Walker, but we’ll go ahead and use “he,” since using plural pronouns with singular verbs gets a bit confusing, and his apparent gender role appears to be male.
Anyway, Dr. Walker wrote a book with the amazing title, “A Long Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity.”
No, a “minor-attracted person” is not someone who isn’t good looking. That term is what Dr. Walker uses for pedophiles. Dr. Walker recognizes that pedophiles are considered the absolute worst in society and truly wants to communicate her warm and fuzzy respect towards a group that consists of sex offenders who don’t do well in prison.
Walker’s book is a ponderous read with the long, long paragraphs sociology students must endure as a rite of passage into the touchy-feely world of psychology and social work.
Defending the book in an online interview, Dr. Walker encapsulated the rationale for substituting the term minor-attracted person for the stigmatized term pedophiles. The ensuing firestorm resulted in the prof’s being placed on leave along with an strong statement of disavowal by ODU’s president.