This is a comment by The_L on the post “Playing Hard to Get“.
“Mild example of this feedback loop: we call pink a ‘girly’ color, and companies market mostly-pink toys and clothes to little girls. This results in more girls liking pink. Because girls tend to like pink, its association with femininity is reinforced, and companies continue to market mostly-pink toys and clothes to little girls.
“Less pleasant (and possibly triggering) example of this feedback loop: Openly-gay people are ostracized in society. This leads bullies to call Josh, an unpopular kid, a ‘fag’ as an insult, whether Josh is actually gay or not. Continued homophobic bullying of this sort drives Josh into such a deep depression that he commits suicide. Because teens like Josh commit suicide due to being called ‘fags,’ he becomes part of the statistic that teens who are gay or perceived as gay have a high suicide rate. Certain unsavory types of political conservative use this high suicide rate as ‘proof’ that something is horribly wrong with gay people, which leads to openly-gay people being ostracized in society.”
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