Top Moral Panics of My Lifetime

  • AIDS: Anyone, anywhere, can get it, at anytime. In a pubic restroom, at the dentists or borrowing a toothbrush!
Even you.

Even sharing sewing needles?

  • Violent Video Games teach kids to kill people!
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Just point and click!

  • Subliminal Messages in Rock Music Teach Kids to Worship Satan.
Aww shucks! You caught me!

Aww shucks! You caught me!

  • The game Dungeons and Dragons makes people worship Satan!
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Satan’s Core Audience, apparently.

  • One in five college girls are Victims of Rape!!!, because Columbia, Duke, and Virginia Tech are more dangerous for teenaged girls than South Sudan!
Of course she was raped and then made a porno about it.

Of course she was raped and then made a porno about it. Who wouldn’t make a porno about being raped?

  • The Tea Party is a Hotbed of Violent Extremism responsible for many… OK, well a few… well, at least one or two  acts of terrorism. Well, maybe none, but we’ve got our eyes on you!
Some activists wear Boston tea party themed costimes as they gather to participate in a tax revolt rally in Santa Barbara, California April 4, 2009. Picture taken April 4, 2009.    REUTERS/Phil McCarten (UNITED STATES POLITICS CONFLICT BUSINESS)

Ooohh! Scary!

  • Catholic Priests Are More Likely than other men to rape small children and Need to be Watched.
Yeah, sure, Catholic priests. That's it!

Yeah, sure, Catholic priests. That’s it!

  • The Confederate Flag (sic) KILLS People!
The real Flag of the Confederate States of America

The Flag of the Confederate States of America… not what you were expecting?

  • Daycare Centers are Organized Pedophiles Rings who Worship (you guessed it) Satan!
Me again!

Me again!

 

 

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5 comments

  1. Really? Why did gay marriage not get a mention. Apart from that, a really shallow and kind of sad little post. I can’t bring myself to find it comical in any context that women and children get raped – by anyone, in any numbers.

    1. Sorry if I have a hard time with shallow. I don’t find rape funny either, but contemporary hysteria about campus rape, with obviously false statistics and no due process for the accused deserves to be called out for the stupidity it is.

    2. Sorry, your comment deserved a little more attention than I gave it. I was too flip.
      1) I did consider mentioning gay marriage, but chose not to because the paranoia goes both ways and behind the hysterics there is a very real cultural shift going on. It is simply too big a subject.
      2) Rape hysteria creates horrible injustices, depriving the accused of due process (those accused of rape on campus), or depriving people of their good name based on associations and prejudice (Catholic priests). The hysteria is not just stupid, it is fundamentally unjust.
      And here is my big issue: when people are being not just normally stupid, but slack-jawed-and-drooling stupid at the service of injustice, then I doubt their motives. It is a willful stupidity serving a nefarious cause. The argument being employed by the campus-hysterics “women don’t lie about rape so they must always be believed” is not reason-based but power-based: it is cult thinking and thought stopping. It is designed to crush dissent and opposition and remove the rights of the accused.
      Remember, classic American rape hysteria was used to lynch black men with the argument “Are you saying our women would lie about being raped?” It was not a question as much as a threat.

  2. […] Rape hysteria creates horrible injustices, depriving the accused of due process (those accused of rape on campus), or depriving people of their good name based on associations and prejudice (Catholic priests). The hysteria is not just stupid, it is fundamentally unjust. And here is my big issue: when people are being not just normally stupid, but slack-jawed-and-drooling stupid at the service of injustice, then I doubt their motives. It is a willful stupidity serving a nefarious cause. The argument being employed by the campus-hysterics “women don’t lie about rape so they must always be believed” is not reason-based but power-based: it is cult thinking and thought stopping. It is designed to crush dissent and opposition and remove the rights of the accused. (dp monahan) […]

  3. I wholeheartedly agree that it is a terrible thing to react to news and other phenomena based on fear that is unsubstantiated by the facts. It’s ludicrous that people would fly off the proverbial handle based on personal, subjective biases instead of real data.

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