For those of us who are MAPs and might profess about it in different places at times, we have received from negative critics to straight death threats and/or otherwise generalized threats of illegal actions described to be done to us just because of merely expressing by words (which is completely legal to do so). It is very common that even a mere comment showing you have even the mildest sympathy for pedophiles will already tag you as one and/or unfairly incriminate you by the standards of people who are unfamiliar with these terms and general laws. Personally, I recall being named “sicko” while following inaccurate “arguments” which are also then followed by grotesque pictures while claiming that “I will be caught and exposed” (Exposed for what? Speaking my mind?), “We will beat you to death”, and other attacks completely avoiding actual engagement in arguments, other wise known as “Ad hominem” (See definition).
For those of us who have gone through such things simply for advocating for what you believe in, you have my deepest sympathy and support (Feel free to reach me out). It feels like not so long ago, those in the homosexual community were also followed, and now here we are, while they currently have rights and also some have chosen to persecute us as well, which I find very hypocritical given how their condition were not so different from us not so long and in some places they still are marginalized as we are, though still not in the same intensity as us. Moving on then, the problem with these insults is their nature of misleading and disrupting what would otherwise be an intellectual exchange by different parties with their respective perspective and an active attempt to directly censor our movement. Then how could we deal with such thing and also be safe, since some people do actually decide to inappropriately take matters into their own hands and unreasoningly hunt us down?
Best steps is to make an attractive approach towards the audience you select to communicate with them in the most respectful manner you can, as long as they are also willing to listen on what you have to say. Introduction is very important since it would be the first impression you would give to them of what they are going to expect from you. Despite of this, some people will immediately assume you are the incarnation of the devil themselves, due to the to flawed database they have on stereotypes of our community. However, some people are bound to actually listen and give reasonable exchanges of opinions, which would mean our message is still coming through. On occasions, your post just end up in a flood of negative comments with no accuracy to the subject at hand whatsoever, the best recourse for those individuals is to avoid responding to them, since they have little to nothing for contributing on anything discussed (and probably didn’t even read any of it).
There are individuals that will go beyond imaginable and try to dox you for no real reason. Unfortunately, there are many of such people when it comes to us and in order to prevent your personal privacy to be invaded it’s best to just practice safe browsing habits since the beginning. You are doing no wrong in expressing your opinions and you shouldn’t be scared by such insensitive comments towards your persona, otherwise our movement will be known as a weak one and our morale in general will be on the fall. Definitely not good for us in general, though it’s for a fact that it is hard for some to not be aware by all these threats, some which look like they’re actually going to get you, but they won’t, as long as you be safe on what you’re doing and practice reasonably protective habits, just in case.
Our activism is without a doubt a dangerous path for many in this current world. It could ruin careers, family life, social life, and other things, just by merely practicing what it’s supposed to be the “right” to freedom of speech. Consequently, many fear doing this for given reasons that already violates our privacy and therefore our voice is further reduced. Most people hear about this subject from not so based communication medias that attempt to further increase the stigmatic approach to this topic and quote but only a small percent of our community who are mostly convicted, therefore next to never giving the window to others in the movement to give different views from those normally shared. We must strive to make our voices heard loud and clear, but also push for legal action, when able, and to further children’s rights so that they can also be able to communicate their thoughts on the movement, as they are censored heavily when it comes to this.