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Securing SexMorality and Repression in the Making of Cold War Brazil$
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Benjamin A. Cowan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469627502

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627502.001.0001

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Young Ladies Seduced and Carried Off by Terrorists

Young Ladies Seduced and Carried Off by Terrorists

Secrets, Spies, and Anticommunist Moral Panic

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(p.145) 5 Young Ladies Seduced and Carried Off by Terrorists
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Securing Sex
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Benjamin A. Cowan

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627502.003.0005

Chapter Five investigates the impact of moral technocracy—the ways in which doctrinalized moral panic suffused security institutions and made inroads into repressive practice. Categorical alarm about youth, decadence, media, and working women manifested itself throughout Brazil’s security establishment. These notions, moreover, did not merely percolate at the higher levels of government authority. Police and security forces on the ground, the foot soldiers of countersubversion, also bound sex and morality into their approaches to the “enemy.” Intelligence and political police agents surveilled sexual deviance; the nation’s spy agencies shared information about supposed orgies among leftist educators and their students; state representatives, from top-brass intellectuals to cops on a beat, wrung their hands over the “loss” of young people via sexualized subversion; and military and police guides to identifying and dealing with subversion outlined sexual seduction, “free love,” and public eroticism as tactics of communist insurgency. The intensity of repression, like the reasons for arrest and atrocity, varied over time and in keeping with the multifarious paranoias of police; but the notion of sexual, gender, and moral deviance as a communist conspiracy framed police work in important ways.

Keywords:   Military Training, Military Theory, Countersubversion, Security Forces, Repression, Moral Panic, Carlos Alberto Brilhante Ustra, Association of ESG Alumni (ADESG), Command and General Staff College (ECEME), National Intelligence Service (SNI), Air Force Intelligence (CISA)

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