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In the shadow of Fat Man and Little Boy: how the stigma of nuclear war was unraveled

The Guardian
September 15, 2017
By Becky Alexis-Martin Stephanie Malin, Kristen Iversen, Kathleen Sullivan, Mwenza Blell

Until recently, a significant taboo has existed around the use of nuclear weapons in war. However, we are now in a position where that taboo is being flagrantly disregarded by the leaders of the most powerful nation in the world, and a totalitarian dictatorship. Taboos offer a way for us to create overarching rules of societal acceptability that transcend our social and cultural norms. Taboos prohibit behaviours that are not appropriate within and beyond the moral or ethical framework of an individual community scenarios that are so dangerous or perverse that they are almost unspeakable.
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