Everyone Be Nice, Except The Girls!

Identity is necessarily created and shaped by exclusion. First comes the boundary between ourselves and the outside world, a distinction whose learning is muddled by nutrition, excretion, sensory experience and communication. Later comes social identity, the boundary between ourselves and other people. I do not really know what I am, other than that I am not you. This learning too, is considerably muddled by many things, such as cathexis and subsumption; but most if not all cultures endeavour to inculcate an aversion to certain Others, on racial, religious, caste or class lines. Such aversive exclusions constitute for most people the pillars of their identity. Then behold, along comes politically-correct social democracy and proclaims that all groups in schools and day-care centres must include absolutely everyone, without explaining what identity can mean if there is no one to be non-identical to.

The long-term psychological effects of such an unnatural proceeding have yet to disclose themselves – they may well manifest in a raging thirst for the forbidden pleasures of exclusion of the Other, namely fascism – but the greatest immediately apparent problem with legislating such inclusiveness has been the persistence of bullying. This has been particularly difficult for right-thinking people to deal with on the distaff side. It is conceptually simple to outlaw by fiat the normal rough play of boys, that serves to identify the future leaders of the group, and to disregard the consequences, namely that they seek a belated substitute in online gaming and grow fat and pasty; with the girls, however, the attempt to prevent crèche and schoolyard bullying bumps up against the modern preaching at females to be “strong”. It is difficult enough for adults to distinguish between the concepts of strength and tyranny; why should children manage any better? Female bullies are therefore authorised to congratulate themselves on their “strength”, in the schoolyard and later in the family and the workplace.

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 09:46 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink

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