Security Threats and Public Perception

Part of the series New Security Challenges pp 145-165


Sexuality Must Be Defended

  • Elizaveta GaufmanAffiliated withUniversity of Tübingen

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Sexuality is a perfect medium to channel an enemy image: by coupling alternative sexuality with the threat to children and personifying it with pictures of kissing men or famous gay pop idols the enemy image is sedimented in the population even on the linguistic level. At the same time, Soviet practice provides a large pool of collective memory references to ‘sins’ against socialist society that are now transformed into religious discourse. Moreover, governmental rhetoric maintains the existential threat vector directed at children by coupling homosexuality with paedophilia.