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    being noticeably non-neurotypical was probably "unique" enough to cause "specialized" expressions of abuse to override more "generic" ones.

    I've long thought that we gay people are a "fallback scapegoat"; we get targeted more heavily when more specific outgroups aren't in the public eye (the worsening of homophobia in the late 80s wasn't just because of AIDS; it was also because the Red Menace was becoming less and less credible as a threat. As anti-Muslim sentiment has heated up, homophobic sentiment has cooled down a little in "mainstream" right-wing circles).

    Your observation about the incongruent racial epithet reminds me of Leo Rosten's list of pejoratives for Jews, one of which was "Arab" (followed by a parenthesized exclamation mark in his list).

    The schools will probably teach kindergartners to play nice with everyone. — Will Phillips, on how marriage equality would affect education

    by ebohlman on Mon Oct 04, 2010 at 01:21:45 AM PDT

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