TW for pedophilia.
Virgin Airlines apparently does not allow men to sit next to unaccompanied minor children, but does allow women to do so, apparently out of fear of pedophilia.
Talk about pedophile hysteria. Planes are fucking crowded; you can’t even talk without everyone accidentally overhearing about the time your toddler put Aunt Jenna’s goldfish in the microwave. How the hell is a pedophile supposed to molest or abuse a kid when he’s surrounded by people? He’d end up getting arrested like that. Nevertheless, not having men sit by unaccompanied minors makes everyone feel better, and so we do it, as absurd as it is.
Most pedophiles– just like most rapists, most abusers, most harassers, and most creepers– are good at not getting caught. They tend to molest children who are alone and vulnerable. They put themselves into positions of power or groom the kids or both, so the children don’t feel able to report. They are overwhelmingly more likely to molest their own children than other people’s, because their children depend on them, tend to believe things they say, are probably afraid or distrustful of strangers like the police, and probably even love their relatives. They take advantage of the systematic disbelief and doubt granted to all manner of predators to harm children. That’s how it works! Pedophile hysteria gives people a false sense of security which allows them to ignore the actual predators in their midst.
(Note the Knight/Beast Dichotomy. “That man’s a stranger, he could do anything… but that guy over there? We know him, he wouldn’t hurt a fly!”)
Not to mention that, you know, women sexually abuse children too. Not as often as men do (Wikipedia suggests that somewhere between 4% and 43% of child molesters are female, which is the scientific equivalent of “fucked if we know”), but then the percentage of child molesters in the population is very small either way. Surely, if one were really concerned about unaccompanied minors, it would be best to seat the unaccompanied minors away from adults in general?
Fortunately, Virgin Airlines is reconsidering this policy in light of the negative attention which they’ve gotten. However, we should keep up the pressure on them. Choose tactics that actually help keep children from being molested, instead of punishing random men who have never harmed a child.