Date of Award

Spring 5-12-2018

Degree Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Zoology and Physiology

First Advisor

Dr. Erin Abraham

Abstract

This analysis examines the trends of fifty years of forensic rhetoric regarding autoerotic asphyxiation (AEA) in Judeo-Christian society and discusses how taboos influence this society’s perception of the act. Each component mechanism of the AEA taboo is separately analyzed; both for its own effects on society and for its influence on the overarching AEA taboo. A recommendation is made about ways to combat the effects of the taboo. Emphasis is placed on why these changes are important.

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