The state is as politically divided as the rest of the nation. One can drive across it and be in two different states at the same time: FM Texas and AM Texas. FM Texas is the silky voice of city dwellers, the kingdom of NPR. It is progressive, blue, reasonable, secular, and smug—almost like California. AM Texas speaks to the suburbs and the rural areas: Trumpland. It’s endless bluster and endless ads. Paranoia and piety are the main items on the menu.
The truth of the matter is that privileged people have all of society as a safe space; our culture and even our laws are formed around their comfort. The most unequal laws of history have existed to protect the safe space of those in power — a space safe from abortions, from queer marriages, from black people and women voting, from anything that challenges their supremacy. Many of the people catered to by the entire setup of society are the same ones who would claim that life never gave them a “safe space.”
“The anxiety isn’t men in women’s bathrooms, it’s about masculinity in the wrong place,” said Katherine Franke, director of Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law. “It’s portrayed as a threat to women, but on a much deeper level, it’s about what it means to be a man and what it means to be a woman.”
The right is going to keep pushing anti-trans bills now as a culture-war distraction from the fact that they’re trying to bring down our democracy, so it might be handy to have an overview of the issue to come back to. Here it is.
But that “joke” is trolling women on Twitter and using violent, code words for black people, Muslims and Jews. They also like to say “glorious,” as in, “glorious” leader Donald Trump, a nod to Hitler’s “fields of glory.”…
…Which is why we are avoiding “alt-right” in favor of white supremacy or white nationalism.