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Moral Panic: Changing Concepts of the Child Molester in Modern America. By Philip Jenkins. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998. xii, 302 pp. $30.00, ISBN 0-300-07387-9.)

Moral Panic: Changing Concepts of the Child Molester in Modern America. By Philip Jenkins. (New... 814 The Journal of American History September 1999 This is an intriguing and imaginative book, a given much attention. We are told that audi­ tribute to diligent researchin several key genres, ences "undoubtedly identified" with the film that is also, analytically, needlessly flawed. fare, but there is no evidence, and the nature of identification, whether recognized fantasy The purpose is to demonstrate the period 1890-1914 as the seedbed of modern Ameri­ or internalized norm, is not discussed. A few can sexuality, from growing permissiveness to interesting divorce cases are probed, but as the elevation of the female body to concerns about author shows, most divorce was not directly sexual excess and homosexuality. The method about sexual issues-hence the power of the (more original than the claims,which are by this cases to reveal much about marriage or even point unexceptionable) involves close reading marital assumptions is limited. We do not of early films (pre-code) and assessment of know from this intriguing book if ordinary transvestite vaudeville in its heyday, juxta­ courtship or marital sex in Sacramento was changing at all. It is possible that "modern sex­ posed with court cases from Sacramento that deal with consensual intercourse with mi­ uality" http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of American History Oxford University Press

Moral Panic: Changing Concepts of the Child Molester in Modern America. By Philip Jenkins. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998. xii, 302 pp. $30.00, ISBN 0-300-07387-9.)

The Journal of American History , Volume 86 (2) – Sep 1, 1999

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814 The Journal of American History September 1999 This is an intriguing and imaginative book, a given much attention. We are told that audi­ tribute to diligent researchin several key genres, ences "undoubtedly identified" with the film that is also, analytically, needlessly flawed. fare, but there is no evidence, and the nature of identification, whether recognized fantasy The purpose is to demonstrate the period 1890-1914 as the seedbed of modern Ameri­ or internalized norm, is not discussed. A few can sexuality, from growing permissiveness to interesting divorce cases are probed, but as the elevation of the female body to concerns about author shows, most divorce was not directly sexual excess and homosexuality. The method about sexual issues-hence the power of the (more original than the claims,which are by this cases to reveal much about marriage or even point unexceptionable) involves close reading marital assumptions is limited. We do not of early films (pre-code) and assessment of know from this intriguing book if ordinary transvestite vaudeville in its heyday, juxta­ courtship or marital sex in Sacramento was changing at all. It is possible that "modern sex­ posed with court cases from Sacramento that deal with consensual intercourse with mi­ uality"

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