> Speaking of which, a Zizekian approach to the whole Satanic ritual
> abuse madness might be very fruitful. It seems to me there's a
> collective fantasy apparatus at work there, a playing out of
> anxieties about changed family structures, gender relations, and
> childcare arrangements, compounded by profound anxieties about the
> sexuality of children filtered through American piety. It'd be nice
> if Alex had written a column about that, but we all know that guys
> with guns are more fun to think about.
Gee doug -- do you need Zizek for that? Radical america ran an article
maybe fifteen years ago that made these points about overblown fears of
kids being kidnapped-- hugely inflated statistics that overlooked fact
that most kidnapped kids are taken by noncustodial parents, pictures of
missing kids on milk cartons etc.