Feeling a touch masochistic, I scrolled down and read some of the comments in that article about which I just posted. One in particular, by a fellow named “weylguy” caught my eye:
I’ve lived in small and medium-sized towns in Illinois and Missouri.
The primary reason I have always disparaged the South and the Midwest is the religious dogma the region has locked itself into and its associated ongoing (if now slightly muted) racism. To cite just one example, you would never see a Creation Museum in California like you do in Kentucky, while Massachusetts would not tolerate widespread KKK membership, like one sees in the South.
But times are changing, and I suspect that eventually these regions will be brought kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
Of course it was answered by someone named “Karl Hungus323” who helpfully pointed out:
You’ll also never see boys walking into girls bathrooms in Missouri because they feel like a girl that day.
Now, one thing that I will ask you to notice about the original comment–as well as the article directly preceeding it–is that it in no way referenced transgenderism in any way. Karl Hungus apparently just brought it up out of the blue because it seemed like a natural way for him to defend the existence of the Ku Klux Klan: “why yes, we do have massive widespread racism and ultra-right wing terrorist groups, but at least we don’t have those dirty sh*males.”
This seems like a perfect example of what I have long feared: it seems that, with Gay Rights having now become somewhat mainstream*, my identity is to become the new front in the Culture War.
*That’s not to say, by the way, that there isn’t still massive structural heterosexism in society, well beyond the issues of who is allowed to marry whom; I mean only that homophobic rhetoric on the part of mainstream politicians seems to have been largely forced into “dog-whistle territory.”