Public Criminology - KIDS GONE WILD: WORRYING ABOUT SEX BRACELETS, RAINBOW PARTIES, AND SEXTING
Date: Oct 22/13
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Location: Research and Academic Centre West, 150 Dalhousie Street, RCW 002
Dr. Joel Best
There is a long history of adults worrying about “these kids today”–about their costumes, tastes, and behavior. When we look backward, earlier generations’ fears about rock and roll or going steady seem exaggerated, even silly. But reports that today’s youth are out of control--endangering themselves and perhaps the larger society–may seem quite reasonable. Stories about sex bracelets, rainbow parties, and sexting all emerged during the first decade of the twenty-first century; all three depicted young people engaged in shocking sexual practices. The sex bracelet and rainbow party stories are best understood as contemporary legends, tales that were widespread in spite of there being little evidence that the behaviors they described were at all common. In contrast, critics could point to dramatic instances of sexting leading to harm, and various authorities did devise policies to deal with sexting. Comparing the ways people learned about and addressed these problems illustrates the dynamics of contemporary fears.
Contact: Carrie Sanders
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