I don’t think it’s a straw man. There is an organization NAMBLA: North American Man Boy Love Association nambla.org/ located in San Francisco/New York with similar objectives. An undercover FBI investigation in 1995 found 1,100 people on the roles of this association. It is the largest organization in the umbrella Ipce (formerly International Pedophile and Child Emancipation).
Yet, since 1995, public criticism and law enforcement infilitration have heavily impaired the organization and headquarters is little more than a private mail box service in San Francisco from a previous high point of having monthly meetings around the country.
An outcry over this party also happened in the Netherlands.
Outcry over launch of Dutch Pedophile Party
smh.com.au/news/world/outcry-over-launch-of-dutch-pedophile-party/2006/05/31/1148956392681.html at the beginning of its launch. 82% percent wanted government to do something to stop the new party. 67% said that it should be illegal.
Yet, standards sometimes soften over time and can be changed with political activism. Perhaps years ago maybe 85% instead of 67% of the Dutch people would have thought the party should be illegal.
In Ancient Greece, pedastry (pedophilia) was considered an important tool in boy’s education. Men regularly slept with the sons of their colleagues. Even Zeus was pictured kidnapping for sexual purposes a young blonde boy in a widely celebrated painting The Rape of Ganymede. Though there existed criticism of this in many corners, for example Plato thought homosexual activity was unnatural and a law to ban it would be supported, it was widely accepted. Leading thinkers could even acceptably argue that pedastry was wise and virtuous.
See an excerpted summary from the Symposium, Plato’s discussion on the nature of love, taken from wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symposium_(Plato
Pausanias, the legal expert of the group, begins by taking Phraedrus up on his chosen examples (180c) asserting that the love that deserves attention is not the kind associated with Aphrodite Pandemos (Aphrodite common to the whole city) whose object may equally be a woman or a boy, but that of Aphrodite Urania (Heavenly Aphrodite), which “springs entirely from the male” and is “free from wantonness”; the object of this kind of love is not a child, but one who has begun to display intelligence and is close to growing a beard (181e).
Pausanias claims that Elis and Boeotia are inarticulate regions that have nothing to say against pedophilia (182a-b); Ionia and other regions think it is disgraceful (182b-c), but they live under despots and think no more of philosophy and sport than they do of love. Pausanius then launches into a confusing discussion of Athenian law regarding pedastry. He says that Athens’ code is not easy to understand, but claims that it cheers on the lover, so long as he does not pursue the boy in secret and does not rush him into it. He says you would never know that the law explicitly approves the lover’s conduct by the way fathers behave when they get wind of the fact that some older man is sniffing around his son, or by the way the boy’s playmates tease him about having a lover. He adds that these contradictions are easily explained (183d).
Pausanias says that Athenian law makes a firm distinction between the lover who should be encouraged by the boy and the lover who should be discouraged. He says that when a boy surrenders to sex out of hope for money, political favors, or in a cowering fear that he will suffer abuse (a beating?) from the lover, his surrender is contemptible (184b). Only when the boy is hoping to become wise and virtuous is his surrender to the older man not offensive to human decency. Pausanias thinks that the law addresses itself to children and their “motives” for surrendering to adults. He says that a boy who is duped is no fool, but has shown himself to be one “who will do anything for the sake of virtue” (184e-185b)
Same-sex relationship were rarely egalitarian but almost exclusively pedastry in this tolerant Greek society. In America, although the media in Brokeback Mountain depicts same-sex relationships as egalitarian, if you notice actual lovers of gay men - large differences in age are extremely common.
Given how many heterosexual men turn to same sex sexual activity while in prison, is large scale public disapproval of same sex sexual activity and pedastry based on cultural taboos originating from Judeo-Christian moral values or is it something that many more people might accept and even praise and promote through the law if the cultural taboos were lifted as they did in Ancient Greece.