Old Wives' Tales
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Legend: Sheriff who discovers underage couple engaged in sex offers to let them off the hook in exchange for sexual favors from the girl, then finds out she's his daughter.
Example: [Collected by Brunvand, 1980]
Origins: A neat little morality tale about the (sexual) pharisaism of the older generation. So great is the young couple's fear of parental condemnation that they will do anything to prevent the girl's father from finding out about their consensual relations, yet that same father not only hypocritically engages in sexual activity outside the bounds of his marriage but also abuses his official position to extort sexual favors from unwilling partners. The punishment for his professional corruption and sexual transgressions is the defilement of his daughter.
An earlier legend told of a young couple who suddenly found themselves in need of emergency assistance while "in the act" (e.g., they became trapped in the back seat of a car at a
Last updated: 9 July 2007
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