TED Does not promote pedophilia
There’s a video on Facebook that’s gone viral because of two things: it’s a TEDx talk and it’s about pedophilia. Put those together and you have a TEDx talk promoting pedophilia, which can’t be right, right?
Talks on TED and TEDx have always been positive and a source of new insights that have helped us face issues like poverty, discrimination, climate change and many more. Part of why TED talks have been popular is that if often presented perspectives that challenged the status quo.
Going back to that controversial TEDx video, allegedly promoting pedophilia, I immediately had doubts and assumed that the talk was just misinterpreted, worse, it became so because it was edited to make it appear it was arguing for pedophilia.
Instead of watching the video on Facebook, I did some research first and it did not take long to confirm that hunch. It wasn’t just one TEDx talk, it was sourced from two distinct videos and the speakers’ words were taken out of context to sound that they were arguing for pedophilia as another sexual orientation.
TED posted a clarification explaining the whole thing:
An independently organized TEDx event recently posted, and subsequently removed, a talk from the TEDx YouTube channel that the event organizer titled: “Why our perception of pedophilia has to change.”
After reviewing the talk, we believe it cites research in ways that are open to serious misinterpretation. This led some viewers to interpret the talk as an argument in favor of an illegal and harmful practice. TED would like to make clear that it does not promote pedophilia.
In the TEDx talk, a speaker described pedophilia as a condition some people are born with, and suggested that if we recognize it as such, we can do more to prevent those people from acting on their instincts and harming children. This field of science is developing, and the definition of the condition is just one of many points that are in debate across the global scientific community (and even in standard reference works).
TEDx talk under review, June 19, 2018
While there is much debate around this field, scholars in the field are united in their wish to keep children from coming to harm — as the speaker makes clear in her own talk, saying “Let me be very clear here. Abusing children is wrong without any doubt.”
Since the edited video is still going around social media, TED’s above-cited clarification of the issue needs more traction to finally put this issue to bed.
No, TED is not in support of pedophilia. The speakers from both source videoes are not in support of pedophilia. Let’s help clear the air and share TED’s statement.