Posts Tagged ‘Sex-Negative Patterns’

Margaret Brooks demonstrates how opportunism trumps facts in anti-sex campaigns

Regular readers will no doubt be familiar with Margaret Brooks who, early last year, all but flat-out accused me of being a sexual predator (and worse). Later that year, she wrote an op-ed for the Chronicle of Higher Education wrapping a patently absurd argument for the revocation of student rights up in a bold-faced screed […]

Dissecting Decontextualization: Donna M. Hughes’ Happy Endings?

“FEAR is an acronym in the English language for ‘False Evidence Appearing Real.’ —Neale Donald Walsch Having examined how the sex-negative “scare” tactic is perpetuated, let’s look at the pernicious “confuse” tactic. This tactic relies on an audience not to fact-check, as it includes outright lying, omitting important facts (“de-contextualizing”), and even creating false contexts. […]

How Sex-negative Lies Perpetuate a Fear-based Culture

“Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.” —Marianne Williamson The sex-negative strategy is composed of two major stages, each with its own primary tactic. First, scare; second, confuse. Both tactics are wielded against institutions (a political party, universities, medical associations, etc.) and individuals (activists, celebrities, researchers, journalists, etc.). In […]

Now you know why I’m angry; here’s why you need to be, too

In my last post, I wrote that I am angry at the pervasive culture of fear, particularly surrounding sexuality. Like any culture, this one is no accident. It began in Victorian social strictures, has been engendered by the public schools, sustained by mass-market media, and is furthered by judgmental people enthralled to their fears. And […]

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