The Right’s Moral Panic Over “Grooming”: A Resurgence of Homophobia and Conspiratorial Thinking

Right-wing moral panic over ‘grooming’ has stirred up age-old homophobia and conspiratorial thinking, targeting liberals and the LGBTQ+ community. This rhetoric, reminiscent of the Satanic Panic, has gone mainstream, with implications for real-world violence and the marginalization of already vulnerable populations.