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Wed, Dec. 24th, 2008 12:00 am
A brief history of moral panics

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imomus
imomus
imomus
Tue, Dec. 23rd, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)

Well, I wouldn't describe this stuff as "going backwards" or "going forwards". These are problematical terms because they imply a model of history in which you can define what progress actually is (and "progress" all too often turns out to be "proximity to my own attitudes").

Rather, I think we have to look at this as a game of musical chairs in which certain things are designated, at any given time, sexily dangerous. And this actually eroticizes them (eg children, who are actively eroticized by moral panics around child nudity).


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