Urban Legends That Highlight Sexual Taboos
When members of any society perpetuate urban myth, the legends they speak of can tell us really a lot about what society fears. Urban legends can also tell what social acts are acceptable in a selected society. For instance, in North America, there are a great deal of taboos with regards to sex and sexuality. These are displayed in the stories we tell – to educate our youngsters lessons and to scare them away from considering about sex at too early an age.
The “Hook” or “Hook-handed Man” legend, “The Dead Boyfriend” legend and the “The Space-mate’s Death” are rather gruesome cautionary tales that appear to backfire when utilized as scare techniques for teaching teens to abstain from sex, keep close to property and essentially not develop up. However, in all of these tales, it is youth who are the victims of foul play and it can be said that if the teens or young adults in question had made diverse choices in the tales, they would have lived and would have avoided currently being terrorized.
The Hook is about a young couple who park in a rural region, a lover’s lane to do what folks do in secluded places. A youthful couple do the exact same in “The Dead Boyfriend.” In “The Space-Mate’s Death,” of which there are many variations, the setting is invariably an urban one particular but all 3 tales are common in that they’re all cautionary tales – and morbid ones, as well! The Area-mate’s Death includes a heightened message to the female gender about cost-free sexual behaviours.
In The Hook, two lovers head to a lover’s lane outside of town. As they’re nearing their chosen parking location, they’re listening to the nearby radio and hear an announcement that an escape has just happened at an asylum for the criminally insane. Rather than call off their date, they ignore the radio broadcast and do what lovers do at lover’s lanes – but just before they go too far, the girlfriend becomes afraid about the radio broadcast and this impacts her overall performance. Lastly, the boyfriend understands he’ll get no romance with his quite nervous and frightened girlfriend, so he drives her home. As he rounds the vehicle to go open her side of the automobile and escort her to her front door, he finds a bloody hook stuck in the passenger side door deal with. Naturally, the moral of the story here is that it was a good factor the couple did not remain longer at lover’s lane to comprehensive the sexual act they had planned on performing.
In The Dead Boyfriend, the scenario is very similar. Young couple, out at lover’s lane – only, for some reason, the couple has automobile troubles and the boyfriend has to leave the girl locked up in the auto so he can walk to locate some gas, tools, and so forth. The boyfriend requires so lengthy to return that the girl falls asleep. She is awakened in the early morning hrs by a Sheriff who asks her to step cautiously out of the car and not turn to search backward. She gets out of the auto but does glance backward – to see her boyfriend strung up in a tree, hanging just above the vehicle. Moral of the story right here – don’t go to secluded areas for sexual encounters – plus – keep your auto in good operating order at all times.
In The Roommate’s Death, two youthful females are roommates living with each other in a dorm room or apartment. One particular, typically a bookworm form of gal, allows the other privacy to devote time entertaining a male buddy, and goes to spend her time at the local library. She returns home late but can hear that her area-mate had not completed with her entertaining, so the bookworm roommate turns in for the evening with her headphones on to nevertheless let the couple their privacy. In the morning, the bookish roommate awakens and goes to wake her roommate up and ask how her evening was – but finds her roommate dead, cut and slashed violently. The moral of the story – the entertaining pal shouldn’t have been undertaking the form of entertaining she was performing – and the bookworm roommate, by becoming so accommodating with their shared space, actually enabled a man to murder her roommate.
So what do these morbid tales imply?
They’re evidence that in the societies inside which they’re told, a lot of nervousness, taboo, and paranoia exist above the subject of sex, particularly youth getting sex. In The Hook, the young couple avoids harm – but narrowly so. They don’t complete the sex act. In The Dead Boyfriend, the couple doesn’t total the sex act, either, but they keep as well lengthy at lover’s lane and the male part of the two-some pays with his life. In The Roommate’s Death, the significance of the one roommate being permitted to entertain for a distinct goal is apparent. She meets a really gruesome finish – created worse by the reality that her bookworm area-mate was probably present throughout the murder but had no thought of the harm becoming completed correct in the same space.
It is very doubtful that these stories actually work to dissuade youth from engaging in sexual acts, but no matter – for some reason, the tales just maintain currently being told, and simply because they are continuing to be told, they give us a peek into what we’re afraid of in (mostly) North American society. In this society, we’re afraid of letting our youngsters grow up and are afraid of their sexual maturity. Youth, themselves, expertise fears of their very own throughout the later adolescent years when their bodies and minds are nevertheless developing and changing. Each youth and adults circulate these urban legends, so nobody is actually immune from fears and effects of this taboo above sexuality that is entrenched in our society.
The subsequent time you hear an urban legend and chalk it all up to nonsense, ridiculousness, or even just useless violence - just quit and ponder more than what the words and attributes of the story could be saying about the neighborhood that both tells and listens to the urban legend.