The Men Are Revolting

It used to be the case that when someone said something ridiculous, outdated, racist, misogynist, homophobic, anachronistic, you could respond ‘It’s 2016’ and leave the argument safe in the knowledge that your grounding in modernity, and their oafishness, was palpable enough to settle the matter. But since 2016 has been the year that Brexit preceded Trump, the dragging of the two most conspicuous ‘Western democracies’ back centuries on social liberalism is kryptonite to the date. Now if someone calls you a bitch, or a faggot, or a nigger, and you take umbrage, they can say ‘It’s 2016’ and you’re stymied.

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