Southern Detachment

Something I noticed growing up in the South. Often, left-leaning young people have a way of casually mentioning that they or someone they know participates in an alternative lifestyle. “My friend Brandy, who’s a Wiccan, was at my house the other day…” “People don’t realize that I’m bi, and I don’t know why they’d care really.” Etc.

This serves two purposes. One, it makes a great show of how little it affects them, that it’s no big deal. Two, it tests the interlocutor for a reaction, which could be shock, disgust, or a similar faux jadedness.

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