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Thursday, June 16, 2016


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You stole the premise of my upcoming paper in the Village Voice: "The Dick as Social Construct".
Ah well - maybe I will make a counter-proposal, 'Vaginazation Nation: The Popularity of Puerile Penilism in the Penal Population, and the de-urgification-ness, in a triple (!) sense, of the return of the for-itself in the stead of the other-as-corporeality/object/slave/.

Hi Dave,

I think you are getting the hang of it. You have a bright future as a Continental 'philosopher.'

Here is another cognate piece of stupidity featured at the NYT: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/08/a-postcard-from-paris/?_r=1

Once you translate into plain language, it does make a sort of sense. It is from her critique of homonationalism, also known as ‘pinkwashing’, namely the supposed masking of Islamophobic prejudice behind a seemingly pro-LGBT agenda.

E.g. ‘I don’t know about you but I am gay and I do not want to be stoned to death’ is a form of homonationalism.

Here is another of her papers which is slightly easier to read.

She criticises the ‘narrative of progress’ which aligns the struggle for gay rights with enlightened Western values emerging. ‘The narrative of progress for gay rights is thus built on the back of racialized others’. I think ‘racialised others’ means Muslims.

‘Pinkwashing works in part by tapping into the discursive and structural circuits produced by U.S. and European crusades against the spectral threat of “radical Islam” or “Islamo-fascism.”’

A spectral threat is an unreal threat. But the reality of the threat of radical Islam is proven by its execution in New York, London, Madrid, Paris, San Bernardino, Orlando . . . .

This is leftist reality denial in an extreme form.

We are in deep trouble because what used to be our best universities are now infested with reality-denying idiots like this.

That other idiot you mentioned teaches at Yale.

So it's a war on two fronts against radical Islam and against the liberal-left enablers of radical Islam.

>>supposed masking of Islamophobic prejudice behind a seemingly pro-LGBT agenda.<<

To understand the Left you have to understand that they practice the hermeneutics of suspicion -- read the genitive as a genitivus subjectivus -- which they picked up chiefly from Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud.

Nothing can be taken at face value. Thus a sincere avowal of toleration for gays and their practices must hide something sinister and malevolent -- wait for it -- Islamophobia! It can't just be what it plainly is.

It is hard to imagine any sort of productive 'discourse' with such suspicious hermeneuts.

Now Cretan, I would like to know if you agree with this astute analysis -- which I develop in some old posts that I need to resurrect.

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