And just to note, I'm not looking to justify anything, just for clarification.
It kind of seems that Aeysha is portrayed to be younger than she actually was. One of the big indicators was that she was betrothed to someone else earlier and they bailed on her. So she was technically "shamed". Which doesn't make sense if she was six years old as claimed.
Some sources also theorise it was Aeysha herself that propagated the idea of her being an child. Allah knows why.
Nonetheless there was certainly a creepy age gap. But to be fair, if you're going to call Muhammed a paedophile, you've got to call nearly every other man in the world for centuries before and after one to. It was all the rage for a good chunk of history.
And to his credit, his first wife was like 20 years older than him. Not atypical paedophile behaviour. So it's a perplexing situation.
into the trophy wife phenomenon.