This started out as a reply to KR, below, but then it became a whole post, like so:
Lefties are like my golf shots: random, spastic, and painful to watch. And part of the reason both suck is the same: poor follow-though. For instance, KR tells the tale of a sad “gender-fluid” individual who insists on being called by plural pronouns, because “she (?) found gender pronouns profoundly upsetting.” Calling her “her” is an affront to this kid’s identity…..
….BUT: If we grant that “gender identity” is
- a) a primary component of one’s overall personal identity, and
- b) completely malleable, and
- c) a proper object for politics
— all of which this kid insists we do, whether or not she’d (be able to) articulate it like that — then what part of one’s identity isn’t?
Let’s say I start walking around campus, insisting that I’m no longer Severian, blogger extraordinaire, but Napoleon Bonaparte. When people call me on this — “hey, so you decided to drop that stupid blog handle, eh?” — I insist that no no, I’m really Napoleon Bonaparte. I was born on Corsica in 1769, I beat the Russians at Austerlitz, I revolutionized the French legal system, I schtupped Josephine on the regular, the works.
How is this any different than me declaring myself “gender-fluid” and insisting on going by “xyr”?
I know, I know, but try it. Can you prove I’m not Napoleon? How do we really know anything about the “historical” Napoleon, anyway? History, after all, is a social construction like anything else, and is famously written by the winners. By stating that Napoleon “died” in 1821, we’re really just affirming the existing power dynamics put forth by Prince Metternich, that cis/het/pat white bastard, at the Congress of Vienna. And don’t you dare say that I’d be 248 years old if that were true, which is impossible — what are you, some kind of “age-ist”? Nor can you appeal to DNA evidence — if Bruce Jenner is really a woman despite Y chromosomes and a full package, then the mismatch of my and Napoleon’s nucleotides is equally meaningless. Oh, and don’t even think about suggesting schizophrenia as an explanation. Is “gender dysphoria” — having all the outward signs of being one sex but knowing you’re the other — a mental illness? Obviously not, you walking hate crime. Thus I AM Napoleon, and I demand to be addressed as such.
“Your majesty” is acceptable, as is “your highness.” You can call me the Little Corporal, but then I’d have to kill you. And if you think this is satire, wait a few years.Loading Likes...