(8/9/22: Made some minor edits towards the end of the article.) In an earlier post, I talked about the right-wing peanut gallery’s moral panic surrounding children, drag queens, and pedophilia. Towards the end, mostly to illustrate how the right was overblowing the issue of pedophilia in the LGBT+ community, I touched on how the left similarly jumps at the shadow of bigotry—racism, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, and what have you. (Islamophobia was also a liberal boogeyman during the early Trump years, but hardly anyone seems to mention it anymore, as far as I’ve seen.) This post is basically going to be an expansion on that idea and the socio-cultural trends that lend themselves to it.
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