"oral sex was not invented in 1998"
"Reading Flanagan on this and other subjects is like watching someone superbly speed-assemble about three-quarters of a complicated puzzle and then getting stuck trying to hammer a piece that doesn’t fit into place. She gets the concept of a moral panic, she gets the skepticism, she gets the need for good sociological data, she even gets that what adults in the grip of a moral panic say girls feel isn’t necessarily what girls feel. Yet somehow by alchemical magic at the end of the article pornography, rap music, feminism, Flanagan’s inept mother who invariably appears at some point in everything she writes, the nasty urges and sexual confidence of dirty boys, and sex advice in mainstream media, all are responsible for causing an epidemic that Flanagan previously viewed skeptically."
And, by ODD COINCIDENCE, the very first comment on Burke's post mentions ye olde daycare moral panic. Which, given Flanagan's whole emphasis on the role of the biological mother and the trauma induced by a surrogate mother, in the Mary Poppins essay and elsewhere, seems to me no coincidence at all.
Remember the Mary Poppins thing? And then the CJR give credit where credit is due thing?
Burke's best point, however, may be his crit of the now-homogeneous-in-memory history of the late 20th century as brought to you by the popular press. Or maybe it's his claim, "oral sex was not invented in 1998," as above.
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