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Nice word, proclivity. Be sure to look it up on the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary. There's a search link in the quick links provided under the Dear Habermas icon. Remember, the more times you look a word up, the sooner it will be yours. And don't forget to read the examples of how it's used. It's used in Thomas Szasz' Sins of the Fathers: Is child molestation a sickness or a crime?

Discussion Questions

  1. How does Thomas Szasz say that homsexuality was considered sinful by the dominant discourse?

    Consider Is child molestation a sickness or a crime? on dominant discourse. Note the specific wording in: "That understanding governed popular opinion until the rise of secularism and medical science." Does that fit in with the French expression "des idées dans l'air" ("ideas floating around on the air")?Or the concept of "how do you know?" "I don't know; everybody knows that." Can you see how public opinion, dominant discourse, "everybody knows" biases our judgment, often without our even being aware of it? We have a proclivity to believe what we think "everybody knows."

  2. Does Thomas Szasz believe that child molestation is a crime?

    Consider Is child molestation a sickness or a crime? on molestation as a crime.

  3. Greek civilization is usually cited in support of the "normalcy" of homosexuality. Did the Greeks engage in child sexual molestation?

    Consider Is child molestation a sickness or a crime? on molestation in ancient Greece.

  4. Are child molesters more likely to engage in recidivism? That is, are they more likely to commit the same crime again once they're released from prison? What's the dominant discourse on this issue?

    Consider Is child molestation a sickness or a crime? on recidivism.

  5. What's the libertarian perspective on child sexual molestation, according to Thomas Szasz?

    Consider that libertarians focus on the individual freedom and responsibility, believing that individuals can do a better job of caring for themselves than others can do in caring for them through laws and government. Szasz holds child molesters responsible individually for the harmful act to another in molesting a child. He does not see any mental justification for the act, believing that we all have sexual impulses and are required to control them in such a way that they do not harm others.

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