There is a rote, unimaginative, almost mechanical aspect to the process of laying cultural pylons in America. That this process of establishing unprincipled expedients is also transparently formulaic has in no way diminished its effectiveness. That’s pretty aggravating for those of us who would like at least a little effort go into dissolving our civilization. But why spend on what’s not required, I suppose the left must ask itself.
The process I’m referring to is the embarrassing tedium of planting shine-words and shun-words, and then defining and refining each according to whatever current tactics demand. Shine-words are, of course, those fittingly vague concepts that aspirants are compelled to be and defend. Doing so thus produces the moral shine necessary for social and professional buoyancy.
In contrast, shun-words are those equally nebulous terms that serve intentionally as millstones to hang around the necks of your enemies or competitors. In both cases all ambitious members of society are obliged to understand these words and their usage rules without ever acknowledging such rules even exist. Everyone above a certain IQ knows this. Because to not know it represents a hazard too great to ignore.
Perhaps this is simply an irritating artifact of human society. If so, future advocates for a coherent nation would be well advised to recognize the program. Because if I can get enough people to internalize that diversity is good and racists are bad, then all that’s left for me is to define each in a manner that facilitates my strategic goals.
If you’d like an even more succinct description, it’s this: diversity is good and it’s what I do. Racism is bad, and it’s what you do. You don’t like that template? I figured a nazi would feel that way.
One of the new shine-words to materialize out of the MeToo movement is Consent. That’s an important concept with which everyone agrees. That means the pillar is sunk into the public’s psyche. Now let us tell you what that means.
According to the New New York Times, consent means…
…seeing and honoring another’s humanity and finding ways to engage in sex while keeping our humanity intact. It should be a culture of making each other feel good, not bad.
And if that’s the goal, then consent doesn’t work if we relegate it exclusively to the sexual realm. Our bodies are only one part of the complex constellation of who we are. To base our culture of consent on the body alone is to expect that caretaking involves only the physical.
I wish we could view consent as something that’s less about caution and more about care for the other person, the entire person, both during an encounter and after, when we’re often at our most vulnerable.
Because I don’t think many of us would say yes to the question “Is it O.K. if I act like I care about you and then disappear?”
You see if a man has sex with a woman he only cares about having sex with, that’s not consent. And not having consent is the definition of rape. And rape gets you 15 years, plus a lifetime on the sex offender registry. So guys, I’d really start caring if I were you.
Now obviously if someone other than feminist liberals were to drape the ornaments of definition on the pillar of consent, then that shine-word might have very different requirements. For instance, instead of men’s obligation to care about tinder trollops, what if consent were otherwise defined? For instance, consent might be described as having sex with unattractive men who have a crush on you. Or possibly consent is remaining loyal to your poindexter boyfriend despite the availability of higher status men. Or maybe consent is white girls having sex with black boys to avoid accusations of raysis.
The point is once we all agree the shine-word is a moral requirement, then we just need to define it. And I’ll be happy to do that for you so long as liberals agree. Though something tells me they will not. And the fact that they want—no insist—on defining the shine and shun words as they go along should cause many more people to question the validity of this moral framework. And they figured a nazi would feel that way.