The New World Capital for Homos, Draft Dodgers and Degenerates

The New World Capitol for Homos, Draft Dodgers and DegeneratesThe Canadian Design Resource is sharing this warning about Toronto. They don't know the original source, so if you do, please let us know in the comments.

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I can dig it.


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Mississauga Phil

I was unaware that there was a draft in the US that needed to be dodged??

Regardless, better than being the home of Bigots, Inbreads and Fat slobs who care moer about their TV shows than how their country is run.

More Americans vote on American Idol than in Elections.

May 9, 2012 @ 1:20 PM

Jacob

Fox News? Is that you?

May 9, 2012 @ 3:01 PM

CQ

It's was also the 30-year home of a convicted Black Panther fugitive involved with the 1968 Chicago political riots (and RFK's assassination). As I recall - he was found working at our city's main Reference Library. I guess all the fancy public union talk about needing degrees to stack books was just that - fancy talk.

May 9, 2012 @ 6:24 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ CQ - are you really bringing up something from the 60's....that's reaching a bit i think

May 10, 2012 @ 8:17 AM

Corey

@ Phil - maybe CQ is mentioning that because the article is also likely 30 years old.

May 10, 2012 @ 10:29 PM

Corey

Bet you this was originally from one of those cheesy men's magazines from the 60's. They'd run lurid stories like, "Sin happy vacationists are overrunning Cape Cod", or stuff like,"New U.S. Threat! Teenagers in black leather jackets!". This seems right up their alley.

http://artofmanliness.com/2010/05/26/vintage-mens-adventure-magazines/


May 10, 2012 @ 10:52 PM

MIssissauga Phil

@ Cory...you could be right, the ad does look pretty dated.

However, my point still stands that blaming canada in 2012 for a fugitive hiding here in the 60's is still pretty weak.

May 11, 2012 @ 8:32 AM

Argie

Seems like an accurate description of Toronto 2012.

May 13, 2012 @ 7:53 PM

Manitoba Murry

I'm not totally sure why @ Mississauga Phil is saying bringing something up from the 60's is a 'reach,' the comment he was criticizing was pointing out a very real fact of life that marked a notable separation in ideology between Canada and the United States by the late 60s. From 1965 alone until the end of the vietnam conflict, an estimated 30,000 American men eligible for draft took refuge in Canada, able to stay their because they were registered in Canada simply as immigrants. The weight of deserting what was considered in the eyes of the law to be ones sacred duty to their country was not taken lightly, and all these men could be considered fugitives.

Literature out of the Vietnam era that accentuate the cost of draft dodging comes to mind through Tim O'Brians "On the Rainy River," which recounts the vietnam vets own foray into *almost* becoming a draft dodger. It was not something to be taken lightly, and remained a social (and political) taboo for years after the conflict had ended.

Draft dodgers were looked down on, obviously by their military peers and by their social immediacy as well. Too not fight was to not be a man, to be a pussy, to be a fag, etc. The climate wasn't accepting to homosexuals as well. A draft dodger and a homosexual were often equated as an insult together (as in to be a draft dodger or homosexual should be insulting), and I'm supposing that's why the title includes that in the piece. I can't find if there was a particular exodus of homosexuals to Canada as well during this period of if the climate was just better for those demographics in Canada.

Like wise, the last bit of the title says 'degenerates,' which to bring attention back to the comments of @MIssissauga Phil and @CQ would fit what CQ was trying to explain. For a wanted fugitive alone to find safe haven in Canada from American persecution would certainly give Canada, in the eyes of the United States' legal institutions, the status of being a haven for degenerates as well.

The point is, this piece came out of a particular social and political climate wherein Canada and the States did not share the views of one another.

The Canadian Design resource suggests that this piece came out circa 1967, and I'd guess about the same, maybe later in 1968/69. It looks to be a period piece, and with it's title sounds as though it is 'current' to the issues it is highlighting which only would have been pertinent in the late 60's. I wish I could find information on the author, but so far my internet troweling hasn't scrounged much up.

August 20, 2016 @ 2:12 PM

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