Love to Hate, 0th Edition by Jody Roy

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Gay” allowed people to selfdefine. ” By the 1950s, the once-secret code words used only by members of the GLBT community had become derogatory slang hurled at the community by outsiders. Police in urban areas wised up to the meaning of “gay” and used their new understanding to root out and raid underground meeting places. The obsessive middle-Americanism of 1950s culture rejected anyone who violated middle-class WASP norms. Gays and queers did not meet society’s gender role standards. Gay men were 30 Our Love-Hate Relationship with Hatred “sissies,” “pansies,” and “fairies” who lacked the strength of “real” men.

In reaction to blacks’ new legal status, groups such as the Ku Klux Klan emerged. The Klan helped pass the so-called Jim Crow laws that kept blacks from using their newly secured rights. The Klan also used violent scare tactics, like lynchings. Yet, whether legal or lethal, the Klan’s activities sent one clear message: no “boy” would be allowed to freely exercise the rights held sacred by white men. As the twentieth century dawned, prejudicial treatment of blacks persisted. When the Great Depression took hold in the 1930s, black men suffered more than most.

If Travis is a “puppy” instead of a six-year-old dog, I can blame his frequent misbehavior on his youth instead of on my failure to train him appropriately. If Travis is a “puppy,” I can allow myself the fantasy that he someday will grow out of his mischief. If Travis is a “puppy,” I can blind myself to how scary he actually is to outsiders—my “puppy” is not really a terrifying territorial beast, he’s just misunderstood. When I think of Travis as a puppy, I am relying on a powerful element of the mind-language connection called a diminutive.

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