This is really unbelievable. It’s like Salon and Slate are in a competition to see which outlet can most successfully defend pedophilia. The now sued out of existence Gawker kicked things off in 2012 with a piece trying to explain that pedophilia is a sexual orientation, but Salon picked up the ball in 2015 and ran with it, publishing a piece called, “I’m a pedophile, but not a monster.”

Then they were back at it in 2016, giving a platform to another pedophile: “This pedophile is not a monster. Todd Nickerson on attraction, love and a life of loneliness.”

Slate decided to get in on the action in 2017 after actor Kevin Spacey was accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy, publishing a piece by Yale’s Joseph Fischel who offered up the hot take that the boy was 14, and technically charges of pedophilia are limited to those 13 and under.

Now Slate’s back at it with a piece asking if pedophilia is a disease to be treated or a crime to be punished; at least they’re not calling it a sexual orientation.