I’ve noticed a pattern.
It seems to me that the historical eras/cultures which placed most emphasis on being “socially acceptable” or “proper”, or whatever other euphemism you want to use for having a lot of “taboos” were also the ones which, in retrospect, were rife with what we now (correctly) recognize as atrocities and pervasive cruelty.
A great example of this, anything having to do with the “Deep” South here in the U.S.
All that bullshit about being “ladylike”, and the whole “Southern Hospitality” thing was most prevalent during the era of “race”-based chattel slavery, and the “Jim Crow” bullshit.
I don’t think that’s a coincidence.
I genuinely think that the prissiness and sugar-coating which is euphemistically described as “politeness” or “social graces” or suchlike, amounts to mass turd-polishing,. Basically, a means to cover up rampant injustices, on the premise that going “la la la, I can’t hear you!” will magically erase the “unpleasantness” in question.
Another example of this kind of thing, is THIS little gem:
Meanwhile, over in Oklahoma, a married, anti-LGBT rights state senator, Ralph Shortey, was arrested for fucking an underage male teenage prostitute at a Super 8 Motel on the I-35 Service Road. The only way this could get sleazier is if it somehow involved a church, and, in fact, it does involve a church because one of the things Shortey was charged with was “Engaging in prostitution within 1000 feet of a church.” That shouldn’t really be an extra crime, but it’s ironic because that’s the kind of nonsensically cruel bill that Ralph Shortey would have totally supported as a state senator. Hell, the motel room stunk of marijuana, and Shortey supported a bill to increase penalties for drug possession within…wait for it…1000 feet of a church.