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Conclusion Although many of us are not fully aware of the ancient stories and myths that have invaded our language and culture, the messages that they have delivered to societies for centuries have remained intact. While we can ask whether moral panics are merely a byproduct of the growing strength of conservative culture in the United States, it may be safer to assume that many of the social anxieties that we face today have been accrued for centuries, and are perpetually fueled by patriarchal resistance to change as embodied by current conservative culture.
As a result, definitions of rape, pederasty, lesbian relations, and many other practices have changed over time (although only in societies where resistance is manifested). In other societies, traditions serve to maintain imbalanced gender relations. ” Thus, women’s (and men’s) bodies have become new landscapes of struggle in which representations of perfection and sexuality are ubiquitous, and new norms for the body (size zero), for the limbs (shaved, waxed), for the hair (long, shaped), for skin color (lighter rather than darker), and for age (young or botoxed, not old), have been created.
In a reading of the 1871 novel, Stockstill argues that the titular female vampire frightens her victims because, as an aggressive, phallic, beautiful, and seductive creature, she does not abide by nineteenth century patriarchal notions of acceptable femininity. Stockstill goes on to suggest that moral panics around sexuality are still embodied in the vampire, even though we are 140 years removed from Le Fanu’s influential text. S. today. Part II: Creating Norms presents education as a space for producing, preventing, undermining, and radically resisting the moral panics of sexuality.