Belledame’s back in business with a post about the perennial “You should moderate your lifestyle – for the good of the movement” stupidity, complete with quotes that I was sure were just a sex-positive strawman until I saw real sex-negative feminists make them.
But that’s not what this post is about; I’ve recently learned that sex-negative feminism can be safely ignored, and anyway sex-negative conservatism is way more powerful. Rather, what it’s about is Belledame’s point,
The whole “you must curb your stereotype-pandering appearance and/or lifestyle/subcultural choices for the sake of the Movement” business is, simply put, crap. It was crap when the polite suited and tied white middle-class homosexuals were pulling it on the “flaunting” drag queens and butch dykes (who were the ones getting their heads busted and their asses in the jails); it’s crap when well-heeled, well-assimilated ethnic minorities use it on their “ghetto” or “country” or “FOB” or “lazy” brethren and sistren; it was crap when the socialists of Orwell’s day were bitching out their fellow travellers for “bourgeois” practices like keeping a rose garden; and it’s crap here, too.
On the one hand, it takes a fascist to tell people that they must change a personal lifestyle that hurts nobody. It’s a basic liberal tenet that if the personal is the political, then it has to be your own choice. If you don’t want to politicize your lifestyle, it’s fascist for other people to politicize it for you. It doesn’t matter what their exact reason is: they can be governmental moralists, or movement moralists, or religious moralists, or whatever.
On the other, “these arguments are all alike and aren’t to be listened to” is a real annoyance. Suppose I think that the inclusion of ethnic minorities is misplaced since what Bill Cosby is exhorting blacks to do is very different from what sex-neg feminists exhort sex-pos feminists to do. Belledame’s framework is one that will automatically refute everything I say in defense of that view, regardless of whether it’s true.
And generally, when your argument can’t be refuted by anything, it’s already been refuted.