Montero made the remarks during a Sept. 21 hearing of the Spanish Congress of Deputies, the lower house of Spain's parliament. The hearing touched on "provisions in a proposed abortion law that deal with sex education programs, including material about consent," according to the Associated Press (AP).
"Every boy, girl [and] trans child in this country has the right to know their own body – [and] to know that no adult can touch their body if they don't want to," she said. "If they do, then that is a form of violence."
"They have the right to know that they can love and have sexual relations with anyone that they want, based on mutual consent. These are recognized rights."
Many took to social media to express concerns about Montero's remarks.
Spanish writer Juan Manuel Prada noted how the equality minister's beliefs lead to a slippery slope that normalizes pedophilia. (Related: "LGBT education pack" features six-year-old engaging in sexual activity, as pedophilia becomes normalized.)
He posted this question: "If she decides that small children can choose their own sexual identity and decide about mutilation of their body through a 'sex change,' then why shouldn't they have the right to decide with who they want to have sexual intercourse?"
Italian priest Fr. Fortunato di Noto, meanwhile, noted that Montero is echoing the talking points of pedophiles and their advocates. These child abusers have rebranded themselves as minor-attracted persons (MAPs) in recent years.
The Spanish equality minister then issued clarifications about her Sept. 21 remarks after they went viral on social media.
"Montero's comments make clear that she said unwanted sexual contact between children and adults amounts to violence. She did not say that sexual contact between those groups should be allowed, or would be considered a right," the AP said in a fact-check piece.
Manel Ros, spokesman for Montero, decried claims of the minister advocating for sex between children and adults as "totally false" in a Spanish WhatsApp message.
Spanish State Secretary for Equality Angela Rodriguez defended Montero's remarks during a Sept. 27 appearance before the country's parliament. She dismissed critics of the equality minister as against improving sex education programs and advancing women's rights.
"It is not a new tool of the extreme right to use the framework of pedophilia to exercise political violence against women who defend feminism," said Rodriguez.
The equality minister's remarks were similar to statements made by Allyn Walker, a former assistant professor at Old Dominion University (ODU) in the U.S. state of Virginia. Walker, a female-to-male (FTM) transgender, wrote in "his" book "A Long Dark Shadow: Minor Attracted People and their Pursuit of Dignity" that the behavior of MAPs can be moral.
Walker explained the book's main idea during a livestream, saying: "Non-offending MAPs, by definition, do not abuse children so their behaviors are more. But they're still being subjected to this same idea that they're bad people."
"A lot of people, when they hear the term pedophile, they automatically assume it means a sex offender. That's not true, and it leads to a lot of misconceptions about attractions toward minors."
The former ODU faculty member remarked that "stigma against MAPs is a problem … because it makes MAPs think that they're monsters."
Shane Trejo, writing for Big League Politics, had a different view of what is happening.
"It will not be long before pedophilia is legalized on the current trajectory," he wrote. "Drastic changes are needed – with swift and public justice applied to the sodomites – for society to be redeemed."
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