When Deconstruction Is Suddenly Forgotten

It is a puzzlement: the politically correct left is always denouncing what it calls “essentialism”, which appears to mean the notion that things are what they are in themselves, as opposed to what our self-appointed moral guardians, employing the arcane invocations of social-constructionist theory, say they must be. And yet time and again we see said guardians being far more “essentialist” than the rest of us. For example, many of them believe that pictures of naked small children “are” child pornography, regardless of whether the context is abuse or family snapshots at the beach or in the garden pool. Here there is no question of how the pictures are constructed, or deconstructed, or otherwise conceptualised; such pictures are, allegedly, pornography in the same sense of the verb in which two plus two is four. Moreover, if pictures of naked infants are inherently wrong, it might seem to follow that pictures of clothed infants are inherently right – unless, that is, like certain sectaries they consider all pictures whatsoever of the human form to be wrong; but then no one asks what we should do if we discover a paedophile enjoying photographs of clothed infants. Perhaps it would be easier simply to ban children.

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  1. Written by urban
    on April 25, 2011 at 14:19
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    Yes. Let’s do ban children. We should particularly ban female children, sparing the poor little dears a lifetime of victimization.

  2. Written by Mr Fnortner
    on April 25, 2011 at 15:45
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    While we’re at it, I think it would be best not to pass out vaginas to girls until they’re 18 years old. And license them.

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