Identity politics and minority grievances have built into them a glaring contradiction: on the one hand, identity is said to be of immense importance for some suffering minority, but there is no limit to how much the identity of the majority can be attacked and diminished.
The Locker Room
Imagine the following scenario: a young girl is changing clothes in the women’s locker room, and suddenly an unknown, large, bearded man enters and prepares to shower with her. When asked what he is doing there, he scolds her and instructs the girl to refer to him as “she.” He identifies as a woman and therefore says he has the right to be there. Disturbed and unsettled, the girl leaves the locker room and has no plan of ever coming back.
To most people, the above scenario is a gross violation of the safe space and identity of the little girl, and most biological women that she represents. Yet, the radical left portrays the bearded man as the victim. The argument is that by insisting on calling him a man who should use the men’s locker room, society is erasing and denying his identity. But in the same breath, and without a hint of irony, the same radicals say that biological sex and binary genders are a myth. They literally deny the existence of 99.9% of humans while preaching the importance of gender identity.
The Role Model
To make things even more confusing: While eradicating the identity of girls in the locker room, the same radicals defend it in other areas where there is a predominance of men. They claim that it is vital for little girls to be able to see female CEOs, politicians, engineers, and astrophysicists because there is just no way that women can be inspired by a male role model. So biological sex is a myth, but female role models are of supreme importance to this group of non-existent women.
The same logic applies to race. Race is a social construct, we are told – a mere nuance in skin color that is entirely irrelevant. Yet, somehow race is elevated to the utmost importance when it comes to role models. So race doesn’t exist, but there is just no way a black boy can be inspired to greatness by a white guy.
Diversity is a Strength
Identity politics becomes even more confusing when it comes to diversity. On the one hand, we have learned that sex and race are social constructs that do not exist and are entirely irrelevant. On the other hand, we are told that racial and gender diversity is a strength from which we all benefit. How can something be a strength if it doesn’t exist?
Contradiction or Manipulation?
The contradictions in the views pushed by leftists are so glaring that they are hard to reconcile with an honest world-view. Instead, their ideological contortions imply a form of opportunism, where they will say anything that works. People are naturally sympathetic to the grievances of disenfranchised groups. Most people are too benevolent to consider the possibility that these groups can be weaponized for sinister political goals. Keep that in mind next time someone shames you for not being woke enough.
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