Monday, March 25, 2013

How America Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Gays

How America Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Gays:
Over at the wonderfully-named Iranian Redneck blog,
Darren Sherkat
highlights
some fascinating data from the
General Social Survey
. The chart covers public opinion from
1973 through 2012. The blue bar represents people who describe
"homosexual sex relations" as "always wrong"; the red bar shows the
people who say such relations are "not wrong at all."
When America realized that Waylon Smithers was gay, it just couldn't hold onto its prejudices anymore.
The image pretty much speaks for itself. Note that the turning
point comes in the early 1990s. The
comment thread
is open for speculations about why the
floodgates would open at that particular time. Bear in mind that
politics and pop culture tend to follow trends rather than setting
them, though they can reinforce a trend once it's already
underway.