|The Ultimate Hope in "Turn Away the Gay" legislation
||[Mar. 4th, 2014|03:14 pm]
Last month states like Kansas and Arizona made John Stewart's life so easy. The Daily Show practically wrote itself, thanks to the appalling behavior of legislatures whose elected officials have a distorted view of what constitutes religious freedom.|
And it would be natural to look at their behavior and be depressed. But instead, I celebrate it. Because it means that we actually are winning.
In the years after the Second World War, when African-American soldiers returned from serving their country and refused to return to the subservient role that they had left, the push for civil rights could no longer just be swept under the rug. So in the south, the state legislatures and city councils reacted in a very predictable way: Jim Crow laws were proposed and passed right and left. What little wasn't already regulated was by gosh regulated now! Those in power clutched at that power with everything they had.
And they lost. It wasn't easy. It took a lot of time, and a lot of bloodshed, but they lost. All those laws were overturned.
What we are seeing now? That same, final panicky grasp at the status quo. The turnaround on these changes is a lot faster--after all, neither state actually enacted these laws. But what we are seeing, and what we saw back in 2008 when a bunch of states passed constitutional amendments prohibiting same sex marriage, is a final bodice-clutching, fan-wafting, smell-salts-fueled hysteria.
They'll lose. It'll take a little more time, hopefully no more bloodshed, but they will lose.
a final bodice-clutching, fan-wafting, smell-salts-fueled hysteria
Aren't there other things they could clutch, or use? I mean, we know that most of those legislators are men: stuffy middle-aged men in business suits.
So in the last paragraph you put them all ln drag? Amusing sight, but if the message is ,"They're acting like women" -- well, using "like women" as an insult, is a pretty big insult to women.
It is a problem. I wanted the comic effect of stereotype, but the male stereotypes that I could come up with where either violent and threatening, or homophobic. Alas. It probably shows my lack of imagination, but there was nothing that I felt comfortable with that was male stereotype of hysteria.
Good meaning. But Ouch! -- unless someone has made large rubber flag-pins for the purpose.
I'm good with that hurting :-D
Bow-tie clutching, cane-waving....?
Not really stereotypes, though an amusing image!
As Princess Leia said to Darth Vader 'The more you tighten your grip the more people slip through your fingers'
OK, I like that perspective on this!
At these times, I always fall back on my history with nineties video games: when the boss turns red and starts shooting more, his health bar is low. Everyone knows that.
kinda ot, but
i had to explain "jim crow" to someone not long ago ...
Which is in some ways a good thing and in other ways not so great.
oh i agree.
for me, it was like when i had to explain the USSR to my kids ...
I can't decide if that's good or bad.
:snaps fingers: what it was, i was talking to someone about harlan sanders and mentioned he had a pet crow named jim -- so then i had to explain jim crow ...
he Jim Crow laws were overturned but I'm not sure I would ever say that we won, a lot of that spite and anger became socially enacted and there is still the odd law designed to "keep my people in their place".
But you know something, I'll take those legal victories as they come along, and coming along they are. It's far better than the place we have been as a society.