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Using Identity Politics to Justify Being an Asshole Will Create Blowback

August 5, 2019 7 comments

Over the past decade, I have noticed a peculiar but unsustainable trend in western societies. In the past, certain sexual minority groups such as gays, lesbians etc were unfairly persecuted and socially marginalized. Over the past 2-3 decades, this has generally changed for the better with alternative sexual orientations being increasingly accepted to be within the range of normality by majority. For example, marriages between same-sex couples in many western countries is today seen as no less normal than those between heterosexual couples. Workplace discrimination due to alternate sexual orientation is far less common than even twenty years ago. All these changes have lead to a more equal society- at least, as far as sexual orientation is concerned.

However, as I mentioned at the beginning of this post, there are many signs that some of these changes have led to the rise of identity politics and “wokeism”. As some of you might remember, a few months ago, I wrote a post or two about how the ideology of transgenderism is likely to lose public support in near future. The main thread running through both posts was that trying to force acceptance through legal chicanery and identity politics would inevitably antagonize many far larger groups who would otherwise have not cared, one way or the other. Putting effort into creating enemies where none would be necessary, has always struck me as especially stupid way to go through life. Then again, inflated egos are usually the cause of most man-made disasters.

This problem is, however, bigger than most people want to believe. Over these years, I have also noticed another similar and potentially even more problematic trend. This comes in two major and non mutually-exclusive forms. The first involves celebrities, journalists and other public figures of alternate sexual orientation using it as a justification for being moral superior to the heterosexual majority. To be clear, I am nor referring to jokes about straight weddings being full of poorly dressed people or gay men being usually far better dressed than straight men- both of which are accurate observations. I am referring to repeated instances of said public figures invoking their sexual orientation to justify their assholish behavior, sense of entitlement and belief in their intrinsic moral superiority over all those ‘other people’.

To me, their attitudes and behaviors are eerily reminiscent of old-fashioned racism, where race has been replaced by sexual orientation. But why is it problematic? Well.. to put it very bluntly, successfully pulling of this shit for an extended length of time requires that group to be either a demographic majority or incredibly rich while also not being a small minority (less than 5% of population). Trying to pull this shit when you are not in the position to back up your swagger with anything beyond shaming language, some money and legal chicanery does not end well, as seen repeatedly in history. While I am deliberately not identifying the many historical parallels, many of you can read between the lines to identify them.. right?

The second, and overlapping trend, involves them trying to force deference from the heterosexual majority. While this trend is new, it is very easy to find examples of this on social media sites as well as real life. In my opinion, this trend is significantly more problematic than the first because it is possible for people to partially ignore people who act like self-entitled pricks- but ignoring idiots who want to use legal chicanery about their sexual orientation to browbeat others for things which have nothing to do with sexuality carries a serious risk of eventual backlash. Once again, to be clear, we are not talking about whether some bakery refuses to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple or something along those lines. Instead, this is about people using made-up outrages to get people fired from jobs, deplatformed from social media, etc.

As mentioned in a previous post, the successes of the LGB (yes, I deliberately omitted certain alphabets) movement in western countries has a lot to do with it occurring in an era of increasing prosperity and overall economic well-being. The period between 1970 to early 2000s was a pretty decent time to be an average person in western countries. While the drift towards neoliberalism had started in the 1980s, shit did not really hit the fan till middle of first decade of this century. It was this relatively stable and generally prosperous environment that allowed the sexual majority to start empathizing sexual minorities. People tend to be generous when times are good.

As readers will know, that period ended somewhere between 2005 and 2008. To make matters worse, “wokeness” and other related bullshit mentioned above started entering into the public sphere in a big way in around 2012, which (in my opinion) is also the time when most people in the west finally realized that their system in a terminal downward spiral. Smarter people would have resisted the urge to play little power games which offered no long-term gain, but quite a few of these people (especially in coastal cities) appear to have decided that this was the right moment to assert their self-proclaimed ‘moral superiority’ and flex the muscles of legal chicanery to show who is the boss. It did not help that many are public figures with high media visibility.

To summarize, it is very likely that such attitudes and behaviors will result in a backlash from the sexual majority. Also, sexual minorities unlike ethnic or racial minorities will always remain minorities. Indeed, some of this blowback is already visible and is one of the reasons why Trump was able to dominate the republican presidency and get elected in 2016. You do realize that many of loudest “woke” assholes who use their sexual orientation as an excuse for their pathetic attitudes and malicious behaviors go out of their way to identify themselves as loyal democrats.

What do you think? Comments?

SJWs and ‘Activists’ will Likely Destroy Gains Made by LGB Movement

June 10, 2019 9 comments

As some of you might remember, I have written a couple of posts (link 1, link 2) about how the contemporary transgender movement is creating the conditions for its eventual demise. It is also increasingly clear that much of the external support for this movement is linked to the need for virtue display by some other people. It also bolsters pre-existing CONservative stereotypes about men and women. In this post, I am going to make the case that SJWs and Professional ‘activists’ are very likely to end up alienating the vast majority of people and thus destroy many (if not all) of the historical gains made by gays, lesbians etc. To better understand what I am getting at, let us first talk about the two major categories of minorities.

All minorities fall into one of two broad categories: biologically unlimited and biologically limited. For example- racial or ethic groups who are currently classified as minorities in USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand can become the dominant demographic group in those countries. And the way things are going, we will see that change within our lifetime. My point is that belonging to a race or ethnicity which is currently a minority in a given geographical area does nor preclude that group from eventually becoming the new majority. Groups whose minority status is based on race, ethnicity and religion are examples of biologically unlimited minorities. This is, however, not true for all types of minorities for reasons that will soon be obvious.

In contrast to groups mentioned in previous paragraph, certain minorities are biologically limited and can never become the demographically dominant group in countries they currently inhabit. For example, there is good evidence that (regardless of race, ethnicity, culture or historical era) the percentage of men and women who prefer sexual partners of same sex doesn’t cross ten percent. It is basically impossible for a stable or growing population in any country to become majority homosexual. The same is true for other all other sexual minorities. To put it another way, sexual minorities are also biologically limited minorities. But why is this insight relevant to the topic of this post? And how does it influence what the minority can get away with?

The simple answer is that biologically unlimited minorities can afford to be far more brazen in imposing their will on the rest, especially once they become a large enough minority. They have far more leeway to make mistakes and overreach in their goal of ultimate domination, especially if they are a large enough ascendant minority in a country where the erstwhile majority is in terminal demographic decline. Those options are, however, not available to biologically limited minorities since their percentage in the population will never exceed a few percentage points. To make a long story short, the rights of biologically limited minorities are perpetually contingent upon maintaining the goodwill of majority. The key word in previous sentence is ‘goodwill’.

In a previous post, I noted that the rapid success of movement for equal rights for gays and lesbians was largely due to the issue being framed as an extension of legal equality to historically marginalized and persecuted classes. Their struggle for legal equality was never framed as gays and lesbians being a holier-tha-thou class of righteous and intrinsically superior people who were beyond criticism. And this brings us to the past few years. Many of you might have noticed a recent increase in the number of losers who pretend to be “woke” and see “micro-aggression” in almost interaction they have with other people. You might have also noticed that a small but vocal minority within those sexual minorities trying to claim a special exalted status linked to their alleged intrinsic moral superiority over all those ‘cis’ peasants.

Some may not like my characterization of “woke” sexual ultra-minorities as nothing more than grifters trying to use currently existing public goodwill towards gays and lesbians to elevate their social status and validate their delusions of grandeur. I would welcome alternate explanations for this phenomena which are rational and consistent with observable reality. My point is that the spread of this particular way of thinking among the population most closely resembles quasi-religious cults who promise special status to true believers. It is therefore not surprising that people in the entertainment industry have embraced the “woke” cult. After all, similar older cults such as Scientology or those centered around a plethora of now-discredited eastern spiritualists simply don’t carry the prestige they used to in the past.

But there is one crucial difference between previous cults popular among the effete and declining western “elite” and this one. See.. older cults understood the limitations of their scam and never tried to become mainstream. In fact, many tried to be as secretive as possible. The cult of white “wokeness” (and yes, it is mostly white) is stupid enough to try to enforce its way of thinking on the rest of society. But what harm can come from using hilarious pronouns to humor a few mentally-unusual people? Well.. two major reasons.

First, their demand for special treatment does not stop at hilarious pronouns and gender-neutral washrooms. Read a bit about the controversy surrounding trans athletes (who were born male) competing in female events. Demanding that all biological women accept trans ‘women’ as women is an excellent way to antagonize half the population. Also, do you think biological women will ever accept trans ‘women’ as real women? And why would they? What is in it for them? To make matters worse, a small part of the medical profession is beginning to see this movement as an opportunity to make more money. That is why we are seeing an increasing push to medicalize any behavior in children that appears to be “non-gender conforming”. Do you really think that this is not going to create a rapidly increasing and massive backlash?

Then there is the issue of how SJWs and other professional ‘activists’ who are the public face of “wokeness” behave towards rest of population. The thing is.. getting away with being constantly rude, dismissive and generally abusive towards others requires real power and, even then, is often unsustainable. The current crop of idiots.. I mean activists.. is completely reliant on a few large spineless corporations and existing public goodwill towards gays and lesbians. The real question is- how long will their twin pillars of power hold? More specifically, do you really think that the currently favorable outlook of general population towards gays and lesbians will withstand their association (in the public mind) with these shrill “woke” losers? Corporations, being especially unpopular since 2008, will drop them once it starts hurting their bottom line- directly or indirectly. In other words, their twin pillars of power are made of sand, not concrete.

Perhaps the most unfortunate legacy of this “woke” activism for sexual ultra-minorities is its potential (and almost certain) negative effects on achievements by gay and lesbian movements. A good analogy is how all Germans today often have to answer for actions of Third Reich, even if most of their ancestors were not involved in the atrocities and genocides under that regime. There is no shortage of religious nutcases who would love to use the public dislike and contempt for “woke” SJWS and activists in rolling back many of the rights and protections gained by gays and lesbians over multiple decades- and that would be most unfortunate given all the sacrifices and effort to reach the world of today.

What do you think? Comments?