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MAP / NOMAP are slang terms and acronyms that stand for Minor-Attracted Persons and Non-Offending Minor Attracted Persons. The term is an informal euphemism for the word "pedophile." The acronym first gained notable use on the micro-blogging site Tumblr. Tumblr blogs that were known for discussing MAPs before 2016 were often geared towards warning younger users against interacting with more marginal MAP accounts. Public knowledge and discussions about MAPs then began to grow on other social networking sites after 2017, with the term being used by various conservative activists in 2022.
Discussions about MAPs being pedophiles can be traced back to Tumblr communities before the year 2016. Several pro-MAP, anti-MAP and "reformed" MAP blogs created posts listing accounts in and against their respective groups. A December 2016 post made by Tumblr user antimap-steeljaw documents various posts made by pro-MAP accounts in late 2016 (seen below).
In 2016, an account named anastypileofwhores posted a tweet criticizing MAPs and their attempted inclusion into LGBTQ culture, gathering over 3.37 notes in over five years (seen below, left). Also in 2016, an account named combat baby posted a tweet criticizing NOMAP's characterization of "non-offending" attraction, gathering over 20,000 notes in five years (seen below, right).
In September 2017, the BBC released an article about "MAPs" in which it interviewed a person self-identifying as a MAP. On October 27th, 2017, Urban Dictionary user Your friendly old Spetznaz vet posted the earliest known definition of the term on Urban Dictionary, gathering over 100 likes in over five years (seen below left). On February 25th, 2018, Urban Dictionary user sortofpink uploaded the earliest known definition of the term "nomap" on Urban Dictionary, gathering over 2,000 likes in over five years (seen below, right).
On August 19th, 2017, conservative commentator and Twitter user Ian Miles Cheong @stillgray posted a tweet that read about "MAPs" trying to acclimate into LGBTQ+ culture, gathering over 1,000 likes in over five years (seen below, left). On December 6th, 2018, Twitter user @dmndeyes posted a tweet about how "MAPs" have migrated from Tumblr to Twitter, attaching several screenshots of such accounts in a tweet that gathered over 32,000 likes in over four years (seen below, right).
On August 12th, 2018, an unknown Redditor made a post to /r/lgbt titled, "LGBT is not now, or ever will be, accepting peadophiles." The post gathered over 14,000 upvotes in over four years (seen below).
13-Year-Old Groomed On Twitter
On April 25th, 2023, NBC journalist @BenjaminGoggin reported on a case where a 13-year-old boy was publically groomed on Twitter, and eventually kidnapped and assaulted despite the parents reporting his groomer to the police and to Twitter beforehand (seen below, left). Also on April 25th, Twitter user @Sturgeons_Law posted a tweet noting that the offending groomer account self identified as a "MAP" (seen below, right).
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