Margo Kaplan is a Professor of Law at Rutgers University. According to her University biography, she teaches courses on “Criminal Law, Health Law and Policy, and Sex Crimes” and explores the “legal limitations on intimate decisions.”
Kaplan has spent her recent career attempting to normalize pedophilia. In a paper for the Washington and Lee Law Review, she advocates for the reclassification of pedophilia as a mental disorder so that pedophiles may be awarded more civil rights:
“…we should not categorically deny pedophilia the civil rights protections afforded to other mental disorders without a convincing normative justification supported by cogent scientific evidence. Strengthening civil rights protections for those with pedophilia also increases access to treatment and support that helps prevent child abuse.”
In a subsequent piece for the New York Times, Kaplan attempts a sickening effort to lure readers into sympathizing with pedophiles by eschewing the obvious and violent rape of a minor as a simple childhood crush:
“THINK back to your first childhood crush. Maybe it was a classmate or a friend next door. Most likely, through school and into adulthood, your affections continued to focus on others in your approximate age group. But imagine if they did not. By some estimates, 1 percent of the male population continues, long after puberty, to find themselves attracted to prepubescent children. These people are living with pedophilia, a sexual attraction to prepubescents that often constitutes a mental illness. Unfortunately, our laws are failing them and, consequently, ignoring opportunities to prevent child abuse.”
Her intellectual sleight of hand is prevalent in both pieces that she authored. Kaplan blames the abuse of children partially on what she views as the severity in which society treats pedophiles.
When later interviewed by Philadelphia Magazine, she claimed to be “shocked” at the amount of support she had received for her article.