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Erotic Innocence: The Culture of Child Molesting Hardcover – May 19, 1998
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James Kinkaid has made an even bolder claim a half-century later, that pedophile fantasy can be found at the heart of our most revered movies like "The Good Ship Lollipop" or "Home Alone." "Our culture has enthusiastically sexualized the child while denying just as enthusiatically that it was doing any such thing," he writes, capsulizing his argument. I think this claim in intuitively true. A lot of films show kids in their underwear gratuitously and use the ambivalence of art to insinuate what taboo dictates cannot be directly stated. Macaulay Culkin in the "Home Alone" movies is a beautiful blonde with unnatural cherry-red lips like Harlowe or Monroe!
But the conclusions Kinkaid draws from his observations aren't as forceful and eloquent as the debunking observations themselves. If he is right, what does this mean? His answer seems to be kind of vague. He suggests we rewrite the Gothic script and stop overrating innocence and panicking about the burgeoning sexuality of the young. His pervasive humor throughout the book suggests a kind a campy scholarship. I am all for humor, but I think Kinkaid needs to write another book about how our society can get out of the quandary of its sexual hypocrisy. It's a larger and more complex subject than he seems to think.Read more ›
Kincaid thinks that we are trapped in a never-ending gothic story of a monster that comes after our children and violates their innocence .We then do a lot of porn babbling about the events as if to say, "It is an awful unspeakable story. Please tell it to me in every detail again." The child molesting stories serve prurient interests in adults, sexually titillating them.
Kincaid goes over films and books and pulls out the sexual overtones of child characters in entertainment such as Shirley Temple with her flirtations and kids in their underwear for half of the movie. When a child star reaches adolescence people often forget them since they are no longer cute, but are gangly, awkward looking teenagers.Read more ›
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good discussion. this topic is, as are most things having to do with sex, loaded down with so much baggage that it is difficult to have a reasoned exploration of it, which is... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Steve Johnson
A few contentions Kincaid has are already well proven- the Satanic Panic was a terrible, shameful case of mass hysteria. Read morePublished on February 14, 2014 by charlotte simmons
I had this recommended as a look at the current behavior of "adults protecting children" and it did delve into a less spoken side of the issue, the question about if much... Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by H. W. Stone
While Kincaid makes a number of interesting points on the way Western culture venerates The Child (and includes some insightful historical and literary evidence), the book falls... Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by Robyn
It would be both easy and comforting to dismiss Kincaid as being prone to over-generalization, as projecting his own sick fantasies onto the world at large, and as being dismissive... Read morePublished on December 26, 2006 by S. Seaman
This is a dreadful book, one of the worst I've ever read.
In brief, Kincaid cannot write. Admittedly he can put nouns with verbs and form sentences into paragraphs. Read more
I'm not a child molester or a pedophile by any stretch of the imagination, but I picked up this book because it had an interesting thesis- that our culture eroticizes youth and, in... Read morePublished on August 23, 2005 by Gully
I meant too review "Harmful to minors" which I read not this one which I didn't read (in its entirety)-- but I'm against the fear mongers that wish to frighten and repress young... Read morePublished on January 15, 2003