I often use the term 'brainwashing' to cover the phenomenon which drives, for instance, the majority of my countrymen, who never gained in any serious way from English government and did get certain obvious advantages from the EU, to vote for the Brexit lunacy, but I suppose that's too easy. What I mean is that whole populations get used to certain things as being 'the way it is', and adjust within those fixed limits. It takes very violent action (that of the suffragettes, the soldiers of the Easter Rising, the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto) to shift mental states that have centuries behind them. Take the 'race' piffle: it won't bear serious examination, but obviously those who have descended from slaves or masters will be very seriously damaged as people, and will have learned all sorts of behaviours that fit the stereotypes. It is going to take a long time to get rid of all the tedious shit around gender, and the sooner we stop playing and get on with it, the better.