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Homophobia and racism still rife in society

Amy Jenkins (Comment, September 21) believes that "a homophobic or racist insult . . . is now pretty much beyond the pale".

Really? Has she been in a group of under-25s at any time in the past decade?

'Gay' is the universal derogatory reference for anything that does not conform to tabloid norms or breaks the social group's taboos. Similarly 'Paki' is a commonplace curse.

With commentators as hip to the beat of the street as this, you'll be bringing us the shock news of the demise of the bustle some time soon.


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