Identity Politics And Paraphillias: Normalizing Deviance and Sadomasochism
April 9, 2017 by John Biver
In our must-read first installment in this series we used Wikipedia’s definition of the word paraphilia:
Paraphilia (from Greek παρά para “beside” and -philia φιλία “friendship, love”) is the experience of intense sexual arousal to atypical objects, situations, or individuals. Paraphilic behavior (such as pedophilia, zoophilia, sexual sadism, and exhibitionism) may be illegal in some jurisdictions, but may also be tolerated.
It is in the spirit of tolerance that we’ve been examining paraphilias other than the ones represented by the letters LGBT. Why should just those four get all the attention?
A year ago this month, IFI’s Laurie Higgins posted an article titled “Homosexuality, Race and Identity.” In it, she summed up how homosexual activists “sought to transform cultural disapproval of homoeroticism into approval,” and as part of their strategy, they sought to “co-opt the fight of blacks for racial equality.”
In short, this is what liberals think—or pretend to think—in the service of normalizing sexual deviance:
* Blacks were mistreated.
* Homosexuals were mistreated.
* Therefore skin color and homoeroticism are equivalent.
“The fallacious and odious comparison of race to sexual perversion,” Higgins writes, “has been an effective stratagem in our increasingly non-thinking culture, but there was yet more rhetorical gimcrackery to come.”
The homosexual activists also began “transforming the concept of “identity”:
They sought to recast identity as something intrinsically inviolable, immutable, and good. They sought to refashion identity in such a way as to make it culturally taboo to make judgments about any constituent feature of identity. They re-imagined identity in such a way as to move homoeroticism from the category of phenomena about which humans can legitimately make moral distinctions to one about which society is forbidden to make judgments.
“By conflating all the phenomena that can constitute identity,” Higgins writes, progressives “demanded that society should no more make judgments about feelings and volitional acts than they should about skin color.”
“The Left demands that society affirm all subjective feelings not only as good but also as signifiers of objective reality,” Laurie Higgins explained, and that word “all” is key when it comes to “subjective feelings.” A lot of people have a lot of different feelings. The politics of identity promises many, many more variations — and thus complication.
Something tells me, though, that few in the homosexual community foresaw just how many possible “identities” there were (and are still) to come “out of the closet.”
Before getting to our paraphilia of the day, here is how Higgins introduced the following video that she embedded in her article:
For your chuckle ‘o’ the day, watch this short video to see the ideological Gordian knot from which post- Dolezalians can’t seem to extricate themselves:
You can read Laurie Higgins’ entire article here.
Now for everyone’s favorite part of these articles. On one side is nature’s design and intent (natural sex between men and women), and on the other is everything else. Is society prepared to give “equal rights” to the “everything else” — such as the paraphilia sadomasochism?
Technically, I think we get credit for two paraphilias (sadism and masochism) — note the italicized sentences that are included on this Wikipedia page (and note the shocking use of the word “disorder” — those intolerant bigots!):
“S&M” redirects here. For other uses, see S&M (disambiguation).This article is about the general historical concept of sadomasochism. For consenting partners engaging in sexual play behavior, see BDSM. For the medical condition involving unwilling victims, see Sexual sadism disorder. For the medical condition where pain or humiliation is required for sexual arousal and causes distress or impairment, see Sexual masochism disorder.Sadomasochism is the giving or receiving pleasure from acts involving the receipt or infliction of pain or humiliation. Practitioners of sadomasochism may seek sexual gratification from their acts. While the terms sadist and masochist refer respectively to one who enjoys giving or receiving pain, practitioners of sadomasochism may switch between activity and passivity.
And to our question of the day: will therapies to help minors change their unwanted sadomasochistic desires be banned?
Rejection Of Absolute Truth, The Root Of All Conflict
April 8, 2017 by TIMOTHY BUCHANAN
Problem solvers quickly learn that underlying nearly every difficult and complex problem is a single flaw that is repeated over and over again. Such is the case with the present assortment of national political and cultural conflicts that have erupted in recent years. Currently, our political and cultural landscape is deeply divided with no apparent hope for resolution in sight. Controversy is everywhere. Why is this so? Is there moral authority, intellectual integrity or competing truth on both sides? No, and that is the fundamental problem.
Those on the social and political Left: Democrats, Libertarians, Socialists and other atheists, have built themselves into an ideological fortress that provides them no chance of success or way of escape. Specifically, by fiercely embracing the Big Lie that denies the existence of absolute truth and objective morality, proponents of sexual deviance, abortion, evolutionary theory and climate change hysteria, who oppose any and all moral standards of human behavior, have positioned themselves upon an impossible and indefensible mount on which they cannot long remain. In fact, they are losing ground day by day because they have built their arguments on shifting sands of personal preferences.
Since humans are the only species on earth that engages in same-sex activity, the animal world testifies to the truth of its illegitimacy. The hideous nature of human fetal abortion bears witness to the heinous evil of this practice. Genuine rational science rejects the mechanism of evolution and refutes the political propaganda of imminent environmental destruction caused by the burning of fuels. Scripture affirms the truth in these cases. Therefore, those who advocate on behalf of homosexuality, abortion, the cult of evolution and the environmental paranoia have no meritorious defense for their position. Neither natural law nor moral law can sustain these beliefs.
It can be seductively tempting to attempt to engage our culture from a position of equity where none exists. Christians and other moral conservatives can make the mistake of confusing common respect for a person, which is their due, with offering consideration to inane and dangerous ideologies, which is futility. Compromise cannot be made with the Big Lie–it must be crushed. In fact, even its most ardent proponents cannot live by it.
Episodes of anti-Trump protests, the activism of leftist federal judges, sanctuary cities’ defiance of immigration law, and childish Democrat hypocritical rage and hate are all symptoms of the same flaw. That flaw is the obstinate denial of truth–legal, moral and spiritual.
For nearly two thousand years, truth was recognized by most people in the western world as the pinnacle of virtues. But over the past one hundred years, the notion of truth as a definable value standard that can be known by various means, has been attacked and maligned as archaic and oppressive. This insanity, is largely to blame for the deep divisions in America and many other western nations.
The gravity of this fundamental problem cannot be overstated. Without a standard of truth, our laws become arbitrary and meaningless, as we are seeing today. Absent a standard of truth, all of our ideas about what is right or wrong and moral or immoral, are meaningless. And once a majority of people reject the idea that truth can be known and accept the lie that morality is relative, anarchy is the predictable result.
This is not a new resurgent flaw among humans. After all, the desire of man to create his own version of righteousness originated in the Garden of Eden, when Eve sought to “be like God knowing good and evil.” What puts our culture in dangerous jeopardy is the fact that a significant number of Americans are obstinate and militant in their denial of moral truth. Now, even legal authority is being challenged at every turn. The most dangerous person in any era is one who becomes convinced that he is a law unto himself.
Barack Hussein Obama, Congressional Democrats and defiant protesters are such people as this. The only forms of authority they will ever respect are political power and physical force. For this reason, they cannot be placated. Negotiations with truth deniers will never resolve the conflict. Common ground between free people and godless socialist Democrats does not exist and cannot be forged. If America is to remain free, the enemies of truth that seek to control others must be defeated.
Endless arguments over specific issues such as illegal immigration, climate change hysteria, and anti-Trump hatred will resolve nothing. But that does not mean that the situation is hopeless. God can open the eyes of the blind, and standing firm in the knowledge of truth will illustrate the ultimate futility of opposition to His Word.