March 2, 2016
Call this cultural code: CUBAN PEACOCK.
Definition: Cuba, in the popular imagination, depicted as a culture where men aren’t afraid to strut their stuff — i.e., be elegant and sexy.
Notes on this code: The heyday of this meme appears to be the early 1960s, i.e., just after the Revolution. But traces of it linger.
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