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Naraku

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That essay misses another meaning/connotation of the word. In the 60's and 70's I remember it used (including by me - to my shame) to accuse a male of being effeminate, not necessarily homosexual, but not sufficiently "male."
I think that's the same as calling someone "queer" or "fag", which are derogatory terms that the homosexual community have somewhat defused by making them their own.

Today, the term is still used negatively, especially in hip-hop culture, where a phrase like "that gay, bro" is used to disparage anything, even when there is no sexual connotation. Both LGBT and Black activists are trying to end this, with only limited results.
 
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"Tired of collecting Bottle Caps - Start a Girl Collection" :meparto::meparto::meparto:

Frank Loesser
Standing on the corner watching all the girls go by
Standing on the corner watching all the girls go by
Brother, you don't know a nicer occupation
Matter of fact, neither do I
Than standing on the corner watching all the girls
Watching all the girls, watching all the girls
Go by

I'm a cat that got the cream
Haven't got a girl, but I can dream
Haven't got a girl, but I can wish
So I take me down to Main Street and that's where I select my imaginary dish

Standing on the corner watching all the girls go by
Standing on the corner giving all the girls the eye
Brother, if you've got a rich imagination
Give it a whirl, give it a try
Try standing on the corner watching all the girls
Watching all the girls, watching all the girls
Go by

Saturday, and I'm so broke
Haven't got a girl, and that's no joke
Still I'm living like a millionaire
When I take me down to Main Street and I review the harem parading for me there

Standing on the corner watching all the girls go by
Standing on the corner underneath the springtime sky
Brother, you can't go to jail for what you're thinking
Or for the "Woo!" look in your eye
You're only standing on the corner watching all the girls
Watching all the girls, watching all the girls
Go by

 

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Thought I’d move on from sexism to gun nuttery.

Just wondering how many cowboys needed Thompson Submachine Guns. :confused:
 

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thehangingtree

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Thought I’d move on from sexism to gun nuttery.

Just wondering how many cowboys needed Thompson Submachine Guns. :confused:
If you could afford the ammunition it is very effective at close range and an amazingly easy gun to handle. Even though it shoots .45 cal. bullets it's size (and it really isn't that big) is easier to handle than .45 semi-automatic pistol! There are needs and then wants!
 

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If you could afford the ammunition it is very effective at close range and an amazingly easy gun to handle. Even though it shoots .45 cal. bullets it's size (and it really isn't that big) is easier to handle than .45 semi-automatic pistol! There are needs and then wants!
But who the hell is he shooting at? Pancho Villa? :rolleyes:

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But who the hell is he shooting at? Pancho Villa? :rolleyes:
The thing is in the 50s and 60s the last cross border raids by would be Mexican revolutionaries were still in living memory. The fear may have been exaggerated but it was still there.

Mind you I think the most telling are the adverts for rifles as Christmas presents. Following the Second World War the firearms industry in America was confronted with a market saturated by military surplus and having the capacity to mass produce like never before. Thus the shift of tone from selling folks a weapon they actually need to telling boys they need a weapon to be a man.
 

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The thing is in the 50s and 60s the last cross border raids by would be Mexican revolutionaries were still in living memory. The fear may have been exaggerated but it was still there.
RR, judging by the cowboy's hat, that ad dates back to 1920’s, or 30’s at the latest, in which case them there cross border raids were practically current events. And probably nobody then knew if they would continue. I speculate that the ad was playing precisely to such fears.

Below: 1920’s cowboy hat.

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