Time Heals All Wounds.. And Then Kills the Patient
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Tue Oct 4 19:39:15 2011
asculinity/ininity and uality

In which I use commentary on some other commentary and its subject to talk about gay culture and gender roles.

Let us consider this article by JJ McCulough, which is a review of Jack Donovan's book, 「Androphilia」. JJ McCulough is a conservative gay Canadian political webcomicist (whom I generally find interesting and respect, but also often disagree with), and Jack Donovan is a far-right conservative pagan, also gay (this might seem odd to you, but I've met several people like this, many of whom have self-identified as Odinists. I've also found them to be unbearably awful people). The gist of 「Androphilia」 is that cultural feminism is damaging to masculinity, and that it is a tragedy that gay men have adopted it because it does not empower the way men are supposed to be. JJ McCulough considers this in his blog entry, and perhaps I and you, dear reader, can walk along and add our own thoughts. We'll initially track JJ's commentary and add our own, and perhaps branch off after that.

Disclosing my biases first, I am not a conservative and I am bisexual rather than gay, and their attempts forge a gay conservative identity are not targeted at people like me. I strongly disagree with the multiculturalist left, but enlightenment liberalism is a separate branch and just as legitimately liberal. Further, I am skeptical of the need for a strong sexual identity. I also confess a very strong bias against Donovan for his involvement with 「The Spearhead」, and I am a (second-wave) Feminist, so Donovan is more-or-less a cultural enemy on many fronts.

Going through:

In sum, while I concur partly that gay culture (and feminist subculture in general, to a lesser extent) is problematic, I think the break from gender roles is liberating and should be extended to everyone rather than limited to gays and socialists. It needs to adopt a big-tent mentality in doing so though. The type of men Donovan wants to build are not what we want; like all liberals, we are future-looking rather than past-looking (although we are looking to a specific future rather than for newness for its own sake).

In the end, we should hope for a society where sexual preference is almost as invisible as hair colour, with broad mainstream acceptance and presence in stories and media. We should hope for a post-feminine, post-masculine world where XX and XY are there but don't really matter most of the time and there is one cloud of norms for people rather than one for XX and one for XY. We may accept intermediate steps of strong-and-unusual gender identities portrayed positively, but only to shatter traditional views and norms, and never in the service of multiculturalist liberalism. In the meantime, our involvement in existing gay culture or reminist culture should be nuanced and supportive-but-reformist; we should continue to push feminism and gay-acceptance, but push against opposing philosophical factions. Likewise, we should limit our relations with masculinist figures like Donovan to productive cooperation on first-wave gay rights issues(see 1).