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  •  I've noticed this in re-reading books (1+ / 0-)
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    from the WW and post-war eras. I never even noticed the racist, sexist language when I read these years ago. After all, it surrounded you every day and was used so commonly and so casually it made little impression.

    Now, even though I still enjoy these stories the language is like a slap in the face. Even when -- maybe especially when -- it's clear the author's attitudes aren't necessarily racist/sexist but just an unthinking reflection of the world around them.

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