Lots of gay readers make similar points. This is one of the more restrained:
Look. I am a guy who dates older guys (10 years my senior usually; I am 29).
Many older gay guys like younger, barely legal looking boys; their denying this is complete BS.
If there was no desire for this, why is “barely legal” one of the biggest gay adult video money makers?
Part of the problem is the media and pundits overuse of the pedophilia charge. Gay men are disgusted by being linked to pederasts preying on 7 year olds versus someone who is a senior in high school.
This whole Foley situation stinks and is frustrating precisely because the blowback and media coverage is utterly out of proportion.