1. Mick Gordon
    November 9, 2013 @ 6:52 pm

    Fear is not a fetish, it is an addiction – or you might say the garnish on a really satisfying experience made sweeter by wondering if it might be your last. life takes on this really intense clarity and purpose then. Check out extreme sports – caving https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NBC64NvL6Q


  2. Anne Boysen
    November 9, 2013 @ 9:06 pm

    Hi Mick. Thanks for your response. I can sort of understand the addiction part – although I will admit I wouldn’t go into those caves myself!And I hope I don’t have to reflect on a joyous moment being my last one 🙂

    I probably should have elaborated more what I mean with the term “fear fetishism”. I often refer to the trend of increasing fear in society, especially among parents or our propensity to feel that “everything is so much more dangerous now”. I call it fetishism because fear is now so powerful that it can bring significant profits to various industries. Many people also use fear as a yardstick for how responsible (read: good) they are as parents. Just one example, I recently read a comment thread on a parenting website which discussed the appropriate age at which children can go trick-or-treat rounds without adults on Halloween. What ensued was a string of comments that seemed to be self-flattery based on protectiveness. People would actually one-up each other based on how much they protected their children on Halloween. The fact that virtually all credible stats show that there this day is no more dangerous than others seemed to go unnoticed.

    It was in this context I wanted to contrast our peculiar tendency to deliberately seek danger in extreme sports while at the same time fetishizing the various perceived dangers of daily life.


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