“What brought you to that conclusion? “
A tactic that I saw in college, where you rename something distasteful, in order to defend it. Back then it was Communism - they would open the argument by saying that the Soviet Union wasn’t Communist. No different here, EVERYONE knows what we’re talking about and people trying to use diversionary tactics do it for a reason.
But the word ‘pederast’ means one who engages in pederasty, aka sexual intercourse between an adult and a young boy. The term’s existed since the time of Ancient Greece. It’s just as distasteful as pedophilia (which is somewhat more general, in that pedophilia is the act or ‘fantasy’ of engaging in sexual activity with children).