Is this not the same as saying that a guro enthusiast is a closeted serial killer? Would a guro fan murder someone if given the chance? Probably not. Same thing for people that are into other tags like rape, incest, and so on. You can enjoy something in the abstract without trying to recreate it in real life. For example, I like romance anime, but that is because it's an idealized version of romance. We all know that human relationships are more complex. The idealized version of a child, the loli, is this too. It's an adult in the shape of a child that acts in the way of an idealized child, but very much has the sexual and interpersonal instincts of an adult. In fact, you could say that this whole thing ties back to the original conception of Humbert in Lolita
. He calls them "Nymphetes," and what qualifies a girl as one is never quite told, but we're told that Charlotte fits that profile. Of course, she doesn't, and he's a child abuser, but that never gets in the way of his fantasy and conception of what that is. On the other hand, eromanga featuring loli characters and other such things focus on realizing Humbert's fantasy inside a black and white page. Honestly, if Humbert had done that instead of abuse a child, things would have turned out a lot better for both of them. Therefore, I'm going to give a pass to lolicons, because I don't actually believe they want to rape a child half as much as the people who desperately virtue signal about porn.