The weaponizing of political correctness against Americans’ recognition of the value of their human rights and personal freedoms relies on an interesting trick: It’s much easier to get people to believe a lie that’s a twisted version of a truth than to sell them on a blatant lie.
Take discrimination… Double standards in human and civil rights and accountability are stupid and harmful. Gender the term, and you’ve laid the groundwork to start twisting it. Next step: presuming the ‘victim’ sex’s experience of adversity always caused by discrimination.
Label the other sex the “perpetrator” sex and deny they ever face discrimination-caused adversity. Now people see discrimination as gendered, w/a “victim-only” sex and a “perpetrator-only” sex. This facilitates ignoring any area of equality or advantage experienced the “victim-only” sex.
Within that framework, failure to actively favor the “victim-only” sex becomes “sexism.”
The liar then adds additional prodding. “Victim-only” is pushed to identify emotional fragility + physical survival as evidence of its strength. “Perp-only” is pushed to identify itself as having power over “victim-only.” Both of these frames ignore evidence.
“Powerful-perp-only” is then given one way out of the guilt associated with being responsible for an entire gender’s oppression. That is by choosing to instead be “powerful protector.” The identity is now “powerful-only” with those unable to let go of guilt from seeing themselves as perps in need of control, and those who can let go of that guilt seeing themselves as protectors of the weaker identity group.
That lays the groundwork for pushing each to subconsciously adopt their respective label (fragile-victim-only or powerful-only) as their primary identity. The identitarian is now primed to view counter-evidence to narratives supporting said identity as an existential threat. He or she actually feels erased by information indicating that said identity is inaccurate.
Further, the individual is now primed to accept the identity itself as a logical explanation for social standards, law, and policy creating or supporting double standards in human and civil rights and accountability favoring the “victim-only” sex at the “powerful-only” sex’s expense.
You now have a significant portion of one sex willing to accept blatant, harmful violation of their human rights and personal freedoms for the perceived benefit of the other, which is willing to demand those violations out of a sense of disenfranchisement-based entitlement. In other words, as a form of reparations.
Neither group of identitarians will be able to see through the lie they’ve bought into. They will only view ideas on these topics through the filter of the identities they’ve adopted.
All of PC culture uses this method of lying.
It’s a disturbingly effective strategy.
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