Emotional scripts of sex panics

  title={Emotional scripts of sex panics},
  author={Janice M. Irvine},
  journal={Sexuality Research \& Social Policy},
  • J. Irvine
  • Published 1 September 2006
  • Psychology, Sociology
  • Sexuality Research & Social Policy
This article examines the emotional dynamics of local sex panics over sex education. It argues that local sex panics are not spontaneous eruptions of community outrage; they are political events with a strikingly scripted quality. Sex panics are fueled by emotional scripts—rhetoric strategically crafted to produce volatile emotional responses. In turn, these emotional scripts produce heated emotions—anger and disgust—displayed in ritualized ways in public arenas. In local sex panics we see that… 

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