Moral Panics, Sex Panics: Fear and the Fight over Sexual by Gilbert Herdt

By Gilbert Herdt

Finalist for 2010 LGBT Anthology Award from the Lambda Literary AwardsUnwed teenager moms, abortion, masturbation, pornography, homosexual marriage, intercourse trafficking, homosexuality, and HIV are only a number of in a protracted line of concerns that experience erupted into panics. those sexual panics spark ethical crusades and campaigns, defining and shaping how we expect approximately sexual and reproductive rights. The essays in ethical Panics, intercourse Panics specialise in case reports starting from intercourse schooling to AIDS to race and the "down low," to demonstrate how sexuality is on the center of many political controversies. The participants additionally show how ethical and sexual panics became a mainstay of convinced types of conservative efforts to win elections and achieve strength in ethical, social, and political arenas. ethical Panics, intercourse Panics offers new and significant insights into the position that key ethical panics have performed in social strategies, arguing forcefully opposed to the political abuse of intercourse panics and for the necessity to protect complete sexual and reproductive rights.Contributors: Cathy J. Cohen, Diane DiMauro, Gary W. Dowsett, Janice M. Irvine, Carole Joffe, and Saskia Eleonora Wieringa.

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Xx. rnton,. ··Rethinking ·l\1ora] Panic' for. 1ediated Social \tVodds:· British journaf of Sociology 46:4 ( 1995} : 562. Thinlang Sex,"' 163. Hts (London: Routlege and Kegan Paul, 1985), 14-15. "' Pres umably, Weeks borrowed th e notion from Cohen'S prrior wotrk. 35. George Chauncey, ... mericmr Past. V\'ill:iarn Graeber~ ed. (New York: McGraw-Hill 1993). ,g Times, Martin P. , eds. sity of Chicago Press. ]997) . 36. John Gagnon, HT. Laqueur. sturbation:' Arcl1ives of Sexual Behavior 34:4 (2oo;).

Reproductive rights and health]o especially of poor and n1inority wo1n en and fatniHes. ry, and the r ise of phony sdence, :M by local and national poUtical coalitions of sexua] and tnoral conservatirves. 2 3 1 1 Introduction 23 Under the current governn1ent of President George W. Bush we have witnessed the rise of a new level of cultural anger n1arshaled to pron1ote Inoral panics internaUy and in global poHtics. tnent-and protnotion of Abstinence-Only as the tdun1ph of sexual education policy in the 21st century.

Notably, the 1:n ainstreaming of this rights-based approach, as Petchesky ( 2000 ) has weU argued, began with a negative perspective by focusing on what rights were tnissing, ren1oved, or under threat. achon to the continuous cycle of n1oral panics that has plagued the arena of reproductiv·e and sexual rights. The Vienna Conference of 1993. r the first tin1e insertion of ''sexuality~') into the language of hutnan rights. S. policy should focus on attaining positirve rights and on \\'hat is needed to assure full human potential.

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