Dating depression and dirtbags a love story

These days hate has roughly the same role in popular culture that original sin has in traditional Christian theology.If you want to slap the worst imaginable label on an organization, you call it a hate group.

If you want to push a category of discourse straight into the realm of the utterly unacceptable, you call it hate speech.

If you’re speaking in public and you want to be sure that everyone in the crowd will beam approval at you, all you have to do is denounce hate.

After all, sexual desire is natural and normal and healthy, while hate is evil and harmful and wrong, right?

Here again, it’s easy to lose track of the fact that people a century and a quarter ago—most likely including your ancestors, dear reader, if they happened to live in the English-speaking world—saw things the other way around.

If you wanted to define anything as utterly beyond the pale, you just had to label it as “immoral”—in the jargon of the time, this meant “sexual”—and the vast majority of people were expected to recoil from it in horror.

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