[LMB] Language drift on Barrayar
baur at chello.at
Tue Aug 6 08:07:29 BST 2019
the reaction on Kline station may be a result from its size - its rather small, the size of a small town .. and small communities always force more conformity
small communities also usually have a distrust / disgust of "strangers" - and ethan clearely was a stranger
add this two effects together and you might get the reaction shown
> Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com mailto:gwynnepowell at hotmail.com > hat am 6. August 2019 um 08:38 geschrieben:
> From: Joel Polowin <jpolowin at hotmail.com mailto:jpolowin at hotmail.com >
> Ethan's experiences on Kline Station were of pretty nasty homophobia
> -- not "you're weird, but whatever floats your boat" or "I really
> hate being solicited", but active disgust and impending violence.
> Beta would have been different, of course. I don't think we've got data
> apart from that. Jackson's Whole would be "whatever you can afford,
> we can supply", but that's a different thing, basically no taboos of
> any kind in certain quarters.
> Gwynne: There's also a fairy general reaction to herms - some places more
> than others.
> But some forms of prejudice would probably be seen less because people have
> more choices; height, weight, hair/eye/skin colour, beauty, gender and sexuality
> are all controllable and changeable. There's a passing comment somewhere (NO
> I AM NOT GOING TO LOOK FOR IT OR I'LL END UP READING THE WHOLE SERIES
> AGAIN) that some Betans have a sex-change just to see what it's like and change
> back when they feel like it. Old ideas about the value of people of any particular
> race, gender, etc are harder to maintain when the person you're criticising could
> have been totally different last week, and will change again in a month or two.
> Once those features are a free choice and not inherited, it's even more obviously
> foolish to be biased against them.
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