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Morning thoughts.

One way that power maintains itself is by co-opting and absorbing anything that gets people thinking clearly.

But when you are an Other, you can begin to "see the forest for the trees." The Other experiences rejection, lives on the margins (in some shape or form). This allows the other to see what insiders can't or won't yet see, the outlines of the thing they are within. All insiders are complicit in and benefit from the perpetuation of norms to some degree.

The powerful want a well-oiled machine, but something about the Other is unacceptable or too difficult: a wrench in the works. The Other does not "fit." A strategy of the powerful is exile to the margins, shaming, and even murder.

But sometimes the Other who is in exile survives and begins to form words. Very convincing words. Perhaps even culture and a way of life. People living close to the margins are able to notice the Other and hear the words and the words ring true. They begin to question norms and "the natural order."

At this precise point, the powerful deploy a tried-and-true technique. The technique is branding. All the signifiers of the Other's language and culture are turned into a brand for consumption. Because consumption is a mindless state and the powerful need unthinking people running on automatic.

Do you remember when the Palestinian keffiyeh (those black and white scarves) had suddenly become mass-produced and sold at chains like H&M and Urban Outfitters? Young people in the midwest drinking pumpkin spice lattes were suddenly wearing the keffiyeh, completely ignorant to its cultural roots or significations. Mass production has the same effect on signifiers as repeating a word over and over somehow erases its meaning (semantic satiation).

This all makes me think that nonconformity to sex stereotypes must be something very threatening to "the natural order."

Corporations, public and private institutions, celebrities, and politicians, all seem to be having a panic attack to align themselves with the belief in a gendered soul–something completely intangible and mythological, yet irreducibly innate and hallowed. "Gender identity" is clearly a religious belief, but how is the religion serving the most powerful? Why is it so urgent that we all profess our faith and why are the consequences so dire when we disagree (getting fired, deplatformed, and blacklisted)? Since when have we ever seen a liberation movement so fully embraced by the most powerful? This panic reveals something about the effectiveness of resisting sex stereotypes, such that the powerful, with sweat on their brow, demand that we repeat a patent absurdity: that men are quite literally women.

Sex stereotypes are enforced and gay people are made straight, and this is branded as "progressive." And, of course, women are kept very busy dealing with the gaslighting and psychological terrorism of losing the connection between their female bodies and their word for themselves (a disaggregation central to the entire enterprise).

In getting us to repeat a big lie, the powerful are studying their own influence. Who will comply and who won't? It is essential that the mantra be completely absurd, a blunt instrument. And it is a matter of course that they would practice this on women before they do it to men.

Corporate America data mines for new, niche markets and constructs or repurposes identities through branding, leading the way for other western nations and the world to do the same. Eventually, all identities will be subject to this deconstruction and reconstruction at will; it is already underway. Anyone who would object will be called an "essentialist" and, in typical doublespeak fashion, be told they are reinforcing "hegemony." Meanwhile, cultural production will look more and more homogenous as corporate monopolies continue to whittle humans down to their most basic functions as consumers and workers.

I'm thinking of this image from r/aboringdystopia.

I mean, why is it so hard to just be the sex you are and express yourself in ways non-stereotypical for your sex? I mean, really? It must be so hard to simply defy sex stereotypes that it's easier to claim an immutable gendered soul. So, why is it so hard?

Morning thoughts. One way that power maintains itself is by co-opting and absorbing anything that gets people thinking clearly. But when you are an Other, you can begin to "see the forest for the trees." The Other experiences rejection, lives on the margins (in some shape or form). This allows the other to see what insiders can't or won't yet see, the outlines of the thing they are within. All insiders are complicit in and benefit from the perpetuation of norms to some degree. The powerful want a well-oiled machine, but something about the Other is unacceptable or too difficult: a wrench in the works. The Other does not "fit." A strategy of the powerful is exile to the margins, shaming, and even murder. But sometimes the Other who is in exile survives and begins to form words. Very convincing words. Perhaps even culture and a way of life. People living close to the margins are able to notice the Other and hear the words and the words ring true. They begin to question norms and "the natural order." At this precise point, the powerful deploy a tried-and-true technique. The technique is branding. All the signifiers of the Other's language and culture are turned into a brand for consumption. Because consumption is a mindless state and the powerful need unthinking people running on automatic. Do you remember when the Palestinian *keffiyeh* (those black and white scarves) had suddenly become mass-produced and sold at chains like H&M and Urban Outfitters? Young people in the midwest drinking pumpkin spice lattes were suddenly wearing the keffiyeh, completely ignorant to its cultural roots or significations. Mass production has the same effect on signifiers as repeating a word over and over somehow erases its meaning (semantic satiation). This all makes me think that nonconformity to sex stereotypes must be something very threatening to "the natural order." Corporations, public and private institutions, celebrities, and politicians, all seem to be having a panic attack to align themselves with the belief in a gendered soul–something completely intangible and mythological, yet irreducibly innate and hallowed. "Gender identity" is clearly a religious belief, but how is the religion serving the most powerful? Why is it so urgent that we all profess our faith and why are the consequences so dire when we disagree (getting fired, deplatformed, and blacklisted)? Since when have we ever seen a liberation movement so fully embraced by the most powerful? This panic reveals something about the effectiveness of resisting sex stereotypes, such that the powerful, with sweat on their brow, demand that we repeat a patent absurdity: that men are quite literally women. Sex stereotypes are enforced and gay people are made straight, and this is branded as "progressive." And, of course, women are kept very busy dealing with the gaslighting and psychological terrorism of losing the connection between their female bodies and their word for themselves (a disaggregation central to the entire enterprise). In getting us to repeat a big lie, the powerful are studying their own influence. Who will comply and who won't? It is essential that the mantra be completely absurd, a blunt instrument. And it is a matter of course that they would practice this on women before they do it to men. Corporate America data mines for new, niche markets and constructs or repurposes identities through branding, leading the way for other western nations and the world to do the same. Eventually, all identities will be subject to this deconstruction and reconstruction at will; it is already underway. Anyone who would object will be called an "essentialist" and, in typical doublespeak fashion, be told they are reinforcing "hegemony." Meanwhile, cultural production will look more and more homogenous as corporate monopolies continue to whittle humans down to their most basic functions as consumers and workers. I'm thinking of [this image](https://www.reddit.com/r/ABoringDystopia/comments/ljnggf/the_amazon_sweatshop_i_work_at_that_forces_me_to/) from r/aboringdystopia. I mean, why is it so hard to just be the sex you are and express yourself in ways non-stereotypical for your sex? I mean, really? It must be so hard to simply defy sex stereotypes that it's easier to claim an immutable gendered soul. So, why is it so hard?

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[–] IrishTheFrenchie 19 points (+21|-2) Edited

I agree with everything you wrote and want to add a few comments of my own.

In getting us to repeat a big lie, the powerful are studying their own influence. Who will comply and who won't?

ABSOLUTELY. Ignore everyone who says you're a "conspiracy theorist" for believing this. Elites DO run the world, they DO run corporations, and they DO gather every year to decide what to do or influence next to make more money. (Bilderberg and Davos immediately come to mind) A good example is fashion, Do you think every single fashion magazine and designer and clothing company decide independently to use the same color and dub it the "hot new color of the year" by coincidence? No. THEY decide what that color will be over a year in advance and send out the word.

But when you are an Other, you can begin to "see the forest for the trees."

And once you see, you cannot UNSEE. Example - Once you realize Pride has been taken over by garbage corporate elites and marketed specifically to part you with your hard earned money, you no longer want to be a part of it. And when you realize that in order to make the most money possible, corporations can't just market to LGB people, they have to expand the number of consumers on the rainbow flag to the maximum, which includes getting heterosexuals to believe they are "queer". When you see that Pride no longer has anything to do with accepting people no matter they love and is all about selling useless crap, you can't go back to supporting it again.

"Gender identity" is clearly a religious belief, but how is the religion serving the most powerful?

Without gender stereotypes, how will they sell femininity? (makeup, clothing, jewelry, etc) I also think this about population control- sterilizing youth. And dividing people further (women vs TRAs, black vs. white, right vs. left) because a united populace cannot be controlled and won't do what they're told if it's not in their best interests. They also need us fighting among ourselves so we don't have time to demand politicians answer REAL problems instead of these problems they're forcing on us like bathrooms and girls sports.

I mean, why is it so hard to just be the sex you are and express yourself in ways non-stereotypical for your sex? I mean, really? It must be so hard to simply defy sex stereotypes that it's easier to claim an immutable gendered soul. So, why is it so hard?

Because then you'd be happy and wouldn't need their drugs, cosmetics, medical interventions, lobbyists, fundraisers, politicians...)

That's all I can think of for now. I'm sure I'll think of more and add to this later. :)

[–] chronicskeptic 8 points (+9|-1) Edited

dividing people further (women vs TRAs, black vs. white, right vs. left) because a united populace cannot be controlled and won't do what they're told if it's not in their best interests. They also need us fighting among ourselves so we don't have time to demand politicians answer REAL problems instead of these problems they're forcing on us like bathrooms and girls sports.

Lately I've been feeling like some sort of tinfoil hat-wearing loony for thinking gender ideology seems to have been artificially planted everywhere online to distract young people and stop them from developing class consciousness. There were being far too many conversations about wage slavery and wealth inequality. Then you see places like Reddit, where you can hardly participate in female spaces unless you submit to the TWAW version of reality, and the conspiracy feels even more real. I find it very hard to believe that something that affects less than 1% of the population has gained this much traction organically.

[–] mil-bil 4 points (+6|-2) Edited

Great comment. And a great post. Thanks to you both!