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Hell in a Handbasket? Ford Hall Forum Thursday

Posted by Robin Abrahams  May 8, 2013 08:55 AM

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I'll be moderating a Ford Hall Forum on "The Decline of Taboos" tomorrow night at the C. Walsh Theatre in Beacon Hill. The event is free and open to the public. From the website:
 
Not long ago, we lived in a world where cursing was verboten, only sailors had tattoos, and smoking marijuana was confined to college experimentation. Are these things really more prevalent today or were they acceptable long before they reached the puritanical eyes of American society? And if they are met with less disdain these days, is it because we're a more accepting society or because this is the beginning of a backslide into a social world rife with slovenly self-conduct? Moderator Robin Abrahams (author, "Miss Conduct" etiquette column) talks with Melissa Mohr (author, Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing), Margot Mifflin (author, Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo), and Bill Downing (former President, MassCANN/NORML) to determine whether we can let it all hang out or if crossing the line is a harbinger of societal disaster.
Doesn't that sound fun? Weed, tats, and cussin'! Join us tomorrow night at 6:30 for what is sure to be a lively discussion.
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