Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, is yet to fire Allyn Walker, a professor who defended pedophiles and said they shouldn’t be ostracized, instead placing them on administrative leave temporarily
The refusal of a Virginia university to fire a transgender assistant professor who defended pedophiles and said they should be given child sex dolls has outraged students, alumni, politicians and the school’s LGBTQ board, who say it is proof of a double standard that protects woke staff.
Allyn Walker, 34, is an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. The non-binary teacher claimed in a recent interview to promote their new book that pedophiles shouldn’t be ostracized, that they can’t help who they are attracted to and that they should be given child-like sex dolls to satisfy their urges.
Walker, formerly known as Allison, made the comments in an interview to promote their book Long Dark Shadow: Minor Attracted People and their Pursuit of Dignity. They believe pedophiles should be referred to as Minor Attracted People, and that they don’t ‘choose’ who to be attracted to so shouldn’t be considered ‘immoral’.
‘I want to be extremely clear that child sexual abuse is never ever okay,’ they said, before saying pedophiles should be offered ‘help’ and aren’t’ ‘destined’ to act on physical urges.
There was immediate and intense outrage among students, who said the professor was using a ‘blanket’ term for pedophilia and was an apologist for criminals.
The university’s own Trans Advisory Board released a statement to call Walker’s remarks ‘reprehensible’, damaging to the victims of pedophilia and not reflective of the views of the trans community at large.
But Old Dominion is standing by Walker.
At first, the school said they didn’t agree with them, but that they would keep their role. Then On Tuesday, the university – which charges $31,000 per year for out-of-state students – partly buckled to public outrage and placed Walker on leave, saying it was for their own safety.
Students and others – including nearly 5,000 people who signed a Change.org petition- think Allyn deserves to be fired and they are demanding to know why the university won’t end their employment.
When presented with those questions, a university spokesman told DailyMail.com: ‘Your questions address private personnel matters that it is our policy not to discuss publicly.’
Walker would rather people referred to pedophiles as ‘minor attracted’ people. They think that while child sex abuse is ‘never okay’, there should be more help for pedophiles to stop them from harming kids and that child-size sex dolls should be legalized
Walker earned their PhD at CUNY Graduate Center in 2017, according to the university’s website, and specializes in mental health, court systems, queer criminology and ‘resilience to offending’
Students tell DailyMail.com that it’s not enough and that they’re both ‘saddened and baffled’ by a double standard, when other, more conservative professors at different schools have been fired, ostracized or vilified by the media for far less.
Walker’s book which seeks to destigmatize pedophiles who he says shouldn’t be ostracized because they can’t help their desires
‘It saddens me that other professors and students have been kicked off campus for less and hopefully ODU will take the correct course of action.
‘I’m still confused on why this double standard exists.
‘I am baffled and disappointed that an individual with those beliefs would even be allowed to have a job on our campus where children interact frequently,’ Grant Rimmer, a human services major and junior, told DailyMail.com on Wednesday.
‘It is okay to research, it is okay to find out this information. It is not okay to sympathize and create a term to blanket what pedophilia is,’ student Geni Piatkowski told WAVY, a local news outlet at a campus protest on Tuesday night.
Nearly 5,000 people have signed a Change.org petition demanding that Walker be fired permanently for their comments.
They say that putting them on leave is not enough.
I am baffled and disappointed that an individual with those beliefs would even be allowed to have a job on our campus
Grant Rimmer, a junior at ODU
‘I noticed that it did not state unpaid leave. This person is a danger to society and should never be given the opportunity to to promote this perverted agenda,’ said one person who signed it.’
In a statement, ODU’s Asterisk Trans Advisory Board said their comments were ‘reprehensible’.
‘Walker’s choice to use [the term people who self-identify as minor attracted] in their work and appropriate exclusively queer experiences to further contextualize their argument is reprehensible.
Brian Hemphill, the university’s president, said ‘as a father’, he was concerned by the ‘narrative’ but he refused to fire Walker
‘The second chapter of their book, “Leading a Double Life: Staying Closeted and Coming Out as a MAP”, is grossly misappropriating the traumas that LGBTQIA+ people exclusively endure as a natural part of their lived experience because of stigma.
‘To liken these traumas to the holistically unrelated experiences of pedophiles, there are no words to describe the violations and damage Walker’s irresponsible choice in words have done to their community writ-large and specifically at ODU.’
‘The LGBTQIA+ community has long fought against the stigma that so wrongly aligns us with notions of sexual deviance. We have fought against this stigma while also bearing the increased vulnerability to and prevalence of experiencing sexual and emotional trauma that being a sexual and gender minority brings.
‘Walker’s misappropriation of exclusively queer experiences in their book has reignited the ignorant assumption of LGBTQIA+ individuals as sexual deviants and unfounded association with pedophilia.
Many were outraged that the university has only placed the teacher on leave and not fired them
‘In a year with the highest number of lives lost, it is with incredible disappointment and sadness that we as trans* student leaders are forced to respond to a “controversy” that has innately included and simultaneously maligned us without our consent,’ the board’s statement read.
The university’s president, Brian O. Hemphill, issued a letter to students last night where he called the views worrying, but he didn’t say anything about whether or not the professor would be fired.
‘Many individuals have shared with me the view that the phrase “minor-attracted people” is inappropriate and should not be utilized as a euphemism for behavior that is illegal, morally unacceptable, and profoundly damaging.
‘It is important to call pedophilia what it is. As a father, I am troubled by this narrative and its potential consequences for my children and that of future generations,’ he wrote.
Students protested against the professor’s remarks at Old Dominion University campus in Norfolk, Virginia, on Tuesday night
Some of the protesting students told DailyMail.com that the university has taken a step in the right direction by putting Walker on leave, but that they should be fired
It has stunned many, who point out the cases of conservative professors at other schools who have been marginalized for far less offensive remarks.
Peter Boghossian, a professor at Portland State University, quit his position earlier this year after being vilified by faculty and students for sharing anti-woke views.
‘There’s a particularly powerful mind virus… there’s a suite of beliefs within an ideology and those beliefs literally exist to rip down western civilization,’ he said of his resignation.
Portland State University professor Peter Boghossian says he was marginalized for his right wing views. He quit his role eventually. Dorian Abbott, a lecturer, was canceled from speaking at MIT after saying kids should be rewarded on academic merit and nothing else
‘Our institutions can sustain only so much and they’re being attacked from the inside on multiple levels from people who have been — there’s no polite way to say it — they’ve been indoctrinated within the academies and indoctrinated to beliefs that are completely untethered to reality.’
Dorian Abbott, a lecturer, was recently canceled by MIT in Michigan for suggesting students should be rewarded for their academic merit and nothing else.
‘This is not a partisan issue. Anyone who is interested in the pursuit of truth and in promoting a healthy and functioning society has a stake in this debate.
Speaking out now may seem risky. But the cost of remaining silent is far steeper,’ he said, writing for Bari Weiss’ Common Sense newsletter, last month.
Walker lives in Norfolk with Vanessa Panfil, a fellow teacher at the university who has written her own books, including one called The Gang’s All Queer: The Social Worlds and Identities of Gay Gang Members.
Walker has not commented on the controversy surrounding their remarks.