Coded language can be an effective means of communicating forbidden thoughts and feelings.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Coded Language: Homophobia and Anti-Semitism
The parallel between anti-Semitism and homophobia in Poland became even more disturbing (and more obvious) when thugs at anti-gay demonstrations took to chanting "Fags to the gas chambers" and "We will do to you what Hitler did to the Jews." Homosexuality thus became a proxy issue for the Polish far right, a means of alluding to old hatreds. In a country with very few Jews, at a time when explicit anti-Semitism is increasingly seen as vulgar in polite society, this approach has proven to be an effective means of rallying support.