Adorno’s Genuine Liberal…. laydeez

You probably have always wanted to know what a “Genuine Liberal” is, according to Theodor Adorno. He contrasts the Genuine Liberal to such less-desirable liberals as  Rigid non-racists (Communists), Protesting non-racists (neurotic and frigid women), Impulsive non-racists (Lesbians), and Easygoing non-racists (mellow airhead dudes).
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The illustration we give is a girl whose character of a “genuine liberal” stands out more clearly, since, according to the interviewer, “she is politically naive like the majority of our college women”….
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F515 is a 21 year old college student. She is a handsome brunette with dark, flashing eyes who exudes temperament and vitality. She has none of the pretty-pretty femininity so frequently seen in [racist] subjects, and would probably scorn the feminine wiles and schemes practiced by such women….. one senses in her a very passionate nature and so strong a desire to give intensely of herself in all her relationships that she must experience difficulty in restraining herself within the bounds of conventionality“.
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(From The Authoritarian Personality, abridged ed., Norton, 1982, pp. 383-4. To be clear, the description of the lovely F515 is not in Adorno’s own words, but this is the case history he chose to cite.)
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