F3 Week 4: Naughty or Nice

Voodoo doll

Voodoo doll

Don’t jump to conclusions! This prompt has nothing to do with Christmas. You know, Santa hasn’t cornered the market on behavior. This time, the idea of naughty or nice applies to taboos. When we think of words, actions, or routine practices that are considered taboo, most automatically assume they are prohibited because there’s some element of evil in them. To take this one step further, it is also generally believed that violation of a taboo carries along with it the baggage of retribution of a supernatural nature.
Well, think again. One definition is ‘a taboo is an activity that is forbidden or sacred based on religious beliefs or morals’. What that tells us is ‘taboo’ can also be interpreted as an activity or perhaps even a ritual that is routinely practiced for the general good, depending on the particular culture. Some examples of ‘nice’ taboos are dancing with the dead and fire walking. One that could probably go either way is voodoo. The point being, what may be strictly forbidden in one setting is looked upon as a sacred rite in another. ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’, yeah?
Take a look around and scope out taboos in our society and in others as well. Choose one to explore that is a ‘yes-please-do’ or a ‘you-better-not-do’ and run with it.
Prompt: Captivate us with your story that includes a taboo.
Genre: Open
Word Count: 1,500 or less
Deadline: Thursday, September 24, 2015
Post your story on your blog or website and provide a link to it in the comment section of this prompt.
About Evan Henry (257 Articles)
Evan Henry is a graduate student in English at the University of Virginia, where he works on the legacy of eugenics and scientific racism in American pop culture. As Head of Publishing for Black Ship Books he seeks to further social analysis of popular culture and develop new and unique voices in both creative and critical writing. His credits include Broken Frontier, the Virginia Literary Review, and numerous small publishers of fantasy and science fiction. His short story collection The Great City will be released this summer.
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1 Comment on F3 Week 4: Naughty or Nice

  1. Didn’t think I had anything for this one… then I wrote this! http://scribblesofarose.webnode.com/news/i-am-a-woman-now/

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