“My Lie: A True Story of False Memory“ is a new book by Meredith Maran that describes how she was caught up in the recovered memory hysteria of the 80s and 90s. Recovered memory syndrome has now been almost universally disgraced as being a disease created by the cure. It was a widespread belief that children who are sexually abused commonly repress the memories of it, only to have them reemerge later in life. This hysteria paralleled another well known witch hunt of the era as criminal justice journalist Steve Weinberg reports:
Archive for the ‘Hall of Shame’ Category
I’ve decided to add a section to this web site called the Hall of Shame. We often read or hear about news events that relate to the topic of irrational attitudes about sex, but I want to highlight the names of the crusaders that are the real contributors to our sex hysteria. Alabama made national news when it banned sex toys, prosecuted Barnes and Noble for child porn, and outlawed a popular wine because of the nude art on label, but no one really remembers who the people were behind all this embarrassing idiocy. The Hall of Shame will not be limited to Alabama, of course, and it will not even be limited to people. There may be occasion to include events, organizations, agencies, and even laws.
On the other end of the scale, in the future I may add a Hall of Fame to celebrate those who have helped bring some sanity to our attitudes about sex.
If you would like to nominate someone (or something) you think qualifies for membership in the Hall of Shame, post it in the comments and I will consider it. I have already begun collecting info for a few nominees. Basically, all I need is a link to a news item that clearly identifies someone (or something) as having advanced the crusade against sex and/or nudity (preferably within the U.S.).