Date: Tue, 15 Jun 1999 10:34:43 -0700 (PDT)

Another Moral Panic

Irvine -- Subversity, a KUCI public affairs interview program, today covers another moral panic over child and teen sexuality, and the attacks by rightwing forces on the American Psychological Association and the American Library Association. Both professional organizations have recently been accused of encouraging child abuse.

The show, airs this evening from 5-6 p.m. Pacific time, on KUCI, 88.9 FM in Orange County, California, and is Web-cast live at that time at:

Among those interviewed is Richard D. Mohr, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois, Urbana. He has written about how popular culture depicts child and youth sexuality incessantly. But to advertise is okay, for it's fine to look. But rational discussion is not: Society does not allow us to think about it. See his "The Pedophilia of Everyday Life", which originally appeared in Art Issues 42 (March/April, 1996), and later in The Guide (Boston), September 1996:

Another guest on the show is Bill Andriette, features editor of The Guide, whose perceptive analyses on moral panics appears regularly in his magazine:

The APA is under attack for publishing in its "Psychological Bulletin" last year an article that argues for more precision when using the term "child sexual abuse" in scientific studies and for suggesting that some studies show that not all adult/minor sexual contact is a priori harmful, especially with adolescents. Leading the attack on both APA and ALA has been conservative talk show host Laura Schlessinger ("Dr. Laura"). Her monologues have stirred things up:

ALA's membership magazine, American Libraries, in its current June/July 1999 issue, contains a editorial by its editor Leonard Kniffel criticizing Dr. Laura ("The Shame is on You, Dr. Laura", p. 56), accompanied elsewhere (p.9) by a cartoon making fun of her. ALA has been under attack for its stance against Web-site filtering and for linking a sex education site to its home page. The Columbia University Health Education Program site includes explicit advice to Web-users about various sex acts.

The controversy was covered in the NY Times Sunday, June 13, 1999, p. 25. by Erica Goode, "Study on Child Sex Abuse Provokes a Political Furor: Conservatives Criticize Psychology Report." [West Coast early edition; title differs elsewhere and on the (fee-required for this article now); it is also available on Lexis-Nexis.]

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