From - Thu Apr 24 12:52:50 1997 Received: from VMS.DC.LSOFT.COM ( []) by (8.8.5/8.8.5) with ESMTP id JAA14299; Thu, 24 Apr 1997 09:47:09 -0400 (EDT) Received: from by VMS.DC.LSOFT.COM (LSMTP for OpenVMS v1.1a) with SMTP id <12.EED3556C@VMS.DC.LSOFT.COM>; Thu, 24 Apr 1997 9:47:06 -0500 Received: from MITVMA.MIT.EDU by MITVMA.MIT.EDU (LISTSERV release 1.8c) with NJE id 4082 for WITCHHNT@MITVMA.MIT.EDU; Thu, 24 Apr 1997 09:48:07 -0400 Received: from MITVMA (NJE origin SMTP@MITVMA) by MITVMA.MIT.EDU (LMail V1.2b/1.8b) with BSMTP id 2692; Thu, 24 Apr 1997 09:46:11 -0400 Received: from mercury by (IBM VM SMTP V2R3) with TCP; Thu, 24 Apr 97 09:46:10 EDT Received: from by mercury (SMI-8.6/KOS-SMI-SVR4) id JAA02729; Thu, 24 Apr 1997 09:45:28 -0400 MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit X-Mailer: SPRY Mail Version: Message-ID: <199704241345.JAA02729@mercury> Date: Thu, 24 Apr 1997 09:45:28 -0400 Reply-To: ocrt@LIMESTONE.KOSONE.COM Sender: Is there a child sex abuse witchhunt? From: Bruce Robinson Subject: Book by Elaine Showwalter To: WITCHHNT@MITVMA.MIT.EDU X-UIDL: d0e820f1520f38f907ebb6329796f491 X-Mozilla-Status: 0001 Content-Length: 2048 Paraphrased from today's Globe and Mail (Toronto ON): Dr. Showalter is a professor of English and the humanities at Princeton. She has written: "Hystories: Hysterical Epidemics and Modern Media (Columbia U. Press) in which she contends that "hysteria not only survives in the 1990s, it is more contagious than in the past. The book focuses on 6 modern afflictions: chronic fatigue, Persian Gulf war related illness, tales of alien abduction, MPD, recovered memories and Satanic ritual abuse. The "Chronicle of Higher Education" mentioned that her claims have attracted critics. Her friend, Joyce Carol Oates, has warned her not to do a book tour. "She thinks I'll be assassinated," Dr Showalter joked. ----------- I looked up the book on the Amazon virtual book store ( It is 224 pages and is available as hardcover at a list price of $24.94 and a discounted price of $19.96. This book store allows readers to post their own opinions of the books. This book received an unpredicented (in my experience) number of responses, from sufferers and experts in the chronic fatigue and Gulf War syndrome. No negative or positive responses from SRA, RMT, UFO, MPD true believers. The book has the following chapters: Acknowledgments 1. The Hysterical Hot Zone 2. Defining Hysteria 3. The History of Hysteria: The Great Doctors 4. Politics, Patients, and Feminism 5. Hysterical Men 6. Hysterical Narratives 7. Hysteria and the Histrionic 8. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 9. Gulf War Syndrome 10. Recovered Memory 11. Multiple Personality Syndrome 12. Satanic Ritual Abuse 13. Alien Abduction 14. The Crucible Notes Index Regards, Bruce Robinson, Coordinator -------------------------------//----------------------------------- The "Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance" provide accurate information on various religions, and expose groundless religious hatred. Address: OCRT, Box 27026, Frontenac PO, Kingston ON Canada K7M8W5. Our WWW site is at URL: