From Moral Outrage to Moral Panic: the Limits of Public Rage
Date Written: 29/01/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22092
There has been forceful break from the culture of silence that has long protected men from being held accountable for their misdeeds. While rage emerges against male sexual abuse, some progressive feminists have raised concerns that this movement may slip into 'moral panic' and a possible conservative, neo-puritan anti-sex campaign.
Is the U.S. in the midst of yet another period of moral panic? Since its founding, the nation has witnessed numerous periods of social or political disturbance over a perceived "moral" or "values" issue, often involving sex. During these periods, controversy reached a crisis level and the nation shuddered. Is this what's emerging as the new feminist movement's rage against male sexual abuse morphs from a personal issue to a public-policy concern?