Washington's other sex scandal

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On July 12, in an action that seems to have been without precedent, the House voted, 355-0, to condemn a scientific article. Granted, this was not an article about magnetic induction in supercooled fluids. It was about sexual abuse of children. Congress "condemns and denounces all suggestions in the article ... that indicate that sexual relationships between adults and 'willing' children are less harmful than believed and might be positive for 'willing' children." Most people who noticed this news probably found it either puzzling or faintly amusing. I want to suggest that it was, in fact, faintly sinister.

source: Article 'Washington's Other Sex Scandal' by Jonathan Rauch; reason.com/archives/1999/08/07/washingtons-other-sex-scandal; Reason Magazine; 7 August 1999