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The Ultimate Hope in "Turn Away the Gay" legislation [Mar. 4th, 2014|03:14 pm]
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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.
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[User Picture]From: houseboatonstyx
2014-03-05 02:54 am (UTC)

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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.

[User Picture]From: zoethe
2014-03-05 03:13 am (UTC)

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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.
[User Picture]From: trillian42
2014-03-05 12:19 pm (UTC)

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Flag-pin clutching?
[User Picture]From: houseboatonstyx
2014-03-06 12:46 pm (UTC)

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Good meaning. But Ouch! -- unless someone has made large rubber flag-pins for the purpose.
[User Picture]From: trillian42
2014-03-06 12:47 pm (UTC)

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I'm good with that hurting :-D
[User Picture]From: houseboatonstyx
2014-03-06 01:09 pm (UTC)

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Bow-tie clutching, cane-waving....?
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2014-03-06 01:12 pm (UTC)

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Not really stereotypes, though an amusing image!
[User Picture]From: dharawal
2014-03-05 02:56 am (UTC)

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As Princess Leia said to Darth Vader 'The more you tighten your grip the more people slip through your fingers'

[User Picture]From: wilhelmina_d
2014-03-05 03:02 pm (UTC)

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OK, I like that perspective on this!
[User Picture]From: funwithrage
2014-03-05 04:30 pm (UTC)

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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.
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2014-03-05 10:36 pm (UTC)

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I like that !
[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2014-03-05 05:54 pm (UTC)

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kinda ot, but

i had to explain "jim crow" to someone not long ago ...
[User Picture]From: cinema_babe
2014-03-05 06:04 pm (UTC)

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Which is in some ways a good thing and in other ways not so great.
[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2014-03-05 06:18 pm (UTC)

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oh i agree.

for me, it was like when i had to explain the USSR to my kids ...
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2014-03-05 10:37 pm (UTC)

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I can't decide if that's good or bad.
[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2014-03-06 11:59 am (UTC)

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neither can i ...
[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2014-03-06 12:00 pm (UTC)

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: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 ...
[User Picture]From: cinema_babe
2014-03-05 06:08 pm (UTC)

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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.