13.6.17

JUST ENJOY THE SILLINESS.

Oppression Olympics street theater. Black Lives Matter Halts Toronto Gay Pride Parade.  Pajamas Media's Tom Knighton has no patience for so-called intersectionality, either.
This is part of the self-created problem that Leftists don't seem to really grasp an answer for at this point: how to unite when you believe in a hierarchy of oppression. Their belief in intersectionality means some supposedly marginalized groups have it worse than others, meaning a group considered higher on the scale will be treated as just another oppressor.

Black Lives Matter has made it abundantly clear that it only views itself as important. The linked article contains other examples of BLM's petulance regarding gay pride parades -- including one group refusing to take part because there would be police there.
For the time being, it's probably simpler to allude to multiple oppressions, rather than to rank them.  Northern Illinois University even got to sell bunks in a Social Justice Summer Camp at $559 for a weekend.  Three professors from Curriculum and Instruction set it up.  Here's what that money gets you.
Key to those talks is coming up with a definition of oppression, [Joseph] Flynn adds.

“Oppression happens when prejudice against a group is backed by historical, social and institutional power. It’s much more than feeling mistreated,” he says.

“Affirmative action is not a form of oppression against white males, for example, as compared to the ways the LGBT+ community has been marginalized for decades, let alone centuries, in American culture,” he says. “When you have a series of laws that are consistently passed that have a negative impact on your community – even if that’s not intentional – then those are markers of oppression.”
"Marginalization" might be useful, not even these social justice warriors are complaining about marginalization of pedophiles, yet.  But after you've torn down all the other social norms, will "Free Jerry Sandusky" become a cause?

Campus Reform have asked Northern Illinois to comment on the camp, so far without effect.  The deanlets and deanlings in headquarters are too busy circling the wagons to protect the expense-preference hustler in chief.

But fighting marginalization is what the intersectionality enterprise is all about, at least when it's not turning on its own.  Here's how a Gender and Sexuality Equity Center at Chico State, in California, justifies its existence.
Since 1971, originally as the AS Women’s Center and later as GSEC, we have worked tirelessly to provide a safe space for all students while staying true to our values of diversity, equity and inclusion. We welcome anyone who wishes to join the movement to promote gender and racial equity, or dismantle oppression of any kind, to visit and talk with us.

GSEC is made up of passionate students that aim to empower the campus community through awareness-raising events and a supportive environment. We have an open-door policy for any student in need of resources or a safe place to find community and healing. We do not intend to restrict free speech, but rather to foster a sense of learning and respect for many lived truths.
This after a hard-three hedgehog on the center's advisory board wrote a Facebook post that gave the impression either of restricting the campus press or of disrespecting inconvenient lived truths.

But apparently the center exists to deconstruct social norms, and revels in so doing.
Everyone has been taught a variety of ideas growing up, influenced by their hometowns, family, and peers. The GSEC exists to challenge the societal norms that are traditionally used to oppress and marginalize. That can be a difficult unlearning process for everyone, but it can and should be done.

With that in mind, we intend to hold “The Orion” to higher standards than it currently demonstrates. As a fellow student-run organization, we expect more of “The Orion.” We demand that it strives to embody the values of Chico State: those that foster a safe learning environment for students from all intersecting identities and experiences.
Perhaps those social norms would also have stayed me from typing "hard-three hedgehog."  But Lindsay Briggs presents as a hard-three hedgehog.  Deal with it.

But first, dear reader, study Rod Dreher on the importance of norms.
What we have now says there is virtually no sexual norm outside whatever one feels is right for them, right now. If one thinks that one would like to try out being gay, or bi, or the opposite gender, well, why not? One big problem with this, though, is: what about the kids? Social science has abundantly demonstrated that kids need stable homes in which to thrive. If issues of sexuality and gender identity remain fluid, it will be very difficult to create the kind of environment in which these young people can be formed in a healthy way.

Leave LGBT out of it for a moment. For heterosexuals, the Sexual Revolution, and the way it loosened sexual and marital norms, has left subsequent generations less stable. A professor at an Evangelical university told me a few years ago that he feared that most of his students will never be able to form stable, enduring families.

“Why not?” I asked.

“Because they’ve never seen it modeled for them,” he responded.
They have, however, seen all manner of polymorphous perversity modelled, then affirmed, then celebrated.  Justice for Jerry Sandusky, forsooth!

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