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March 26 - see the arrival of aids which replaced all other...

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March 26, 2008 - see the arrival of aids which replaced all other sexual scares, created a moral panic which is a term coined by an English sociologist. What we mean by this it is a panic about some aspect that is defined in moral terms , when we say a moral panic we mean some kind of issue has been blown out of proportion. - It was not very serious. But the way that aids was approached from the 1990s has all the whole marks of a moral panic. - Belief that it was more widespread then it was, beliefs that were pointed to certain kind of population and behaviour as responsible for it. - Real sense that the aids epidemic was regarded as some kind of gods retribution on western population for the simple ness. - Aids was initially concentrated in the gay and intravenous drug using populations and has not spread to straight population. - In western society it is straight populations that are experiencing the highest rates of increase. - Sence in which aids epidemic is more disastrous in sub Saharan Africa. - Became an issue in the 1990s and remained an issue today because of the drugs that enable people to survive aids for much longer. - This focused attention on sexuality and homosexual cultures - Anxiety over sexuality as a result of the aids epidemic. - 1990s real struggle in western societies between a greater willingness to accept homosexuality, yet recognition that they were more implicated in aids - Growing acceptance of gay marriage and same sex marriage - Countries including Canada have not gone so far as to accept, but created new institutions for gays like registered partnerships- marriage equivalent. - Lead to big debate about sexuality meaning and identity - Calls into question fundamental issues of identity and orientation and acceptability of diverse lifestyles - We have something like a sense of society in the last decade of the 20 th century that revolves around anumber of poles that are sexual and racial along with demographic. - Concerns that haven’t gone away. They are still with us but really quite different from the concerns prevalent in the 1970s and 1980s Western Europe in the 90s - some aspects of unification in western Europe.
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