Retortion is a beautiful thing.
A correspondent of our fellow orthospherean blogger and valued commenter Joseph of Arimathea has noticed that if latter-day feminism is correct in its assertion that sex is nothing but a social construct, like language – this being why feminists like to call it by the linguistic term, “gender,” rather than the proper biological term, “sex” – then *the female sex does not actually exist.* All appearances to the contrary, there is no such thing, really, as a female.
Feminism per se is therefore a huge category error. By its own account, it is founded on a delusory notion of what is real. If there is no such thing as females, then it follows irresistibly that there can be no such thing as feminism, either. There is nothing for scholars in the field of “Women’s Studies” to study.
If there is no such thing as women, then neither can there be any such thing as men. It follows that there can be no such thing as patriarchy, or therefore any reason – or even any way – to object thereto. If there are no women or men, then it is absurd to suggest that men could oppress women. All that talk about the disparities of earned income between men and women in the same occupations? It’s a fantasy, a grotesque misapprehension: you can’t have an actual disparity between two inactualities. More women in the boardroom? Can’t be done, if there are no women anywhere to be found. We might as well try to get more unicorns in the boardroom.
Furthermore, if there are no men or women, then there is no way to consummate a sexual act between them. If there are no sexes, then there can’t be such a thing as sex. So it is silly to worry about the opposite sex, and one’s attractiveness thereto: fashion, make up, Game, all of it is a gigantic waste of time. If you want someone to rub against, just go and start rubbing. Your doing so cannot possibly be a real problem, because if there is no such thing as sex, there can be no such thing as rape, or sexual abuse, or paederasty. “Homosexual” and “heterosexual” are both nonsense terms, referring to nothing real. Thought you were attracted to the “opposite sex”? Hah! There’s no such thing!
Now, if there is no sex, then neither can there be mothers, or fathers; or, therefore, children; or marriages; or families. No wives or husbands, no brothers or sisters; no kin at all. No irksome in-laws! No devilish black sheep, no such thing as wastrel cousins or aged, infirm parents!
We never have to worry about our kids, ever again, because they are not really either kids, or ours, to begin with. Worrying about one’s children is rather like worrying about the hobbits, or the recent dearth of new releases from Elvis. If we don’t have to worry about our kids, why then we don’t need to worry about earning a livelihood so as to support them. They aren’t ours; what have we therefore to do with them?
Not only do I have no kids, but no one else does, either. No one is really anyone’s kid. Ditto for parents. Those people you thought were your parents? They are neither yours, nor parents. No need to worry about honoring father and mother if there is no such thing.
Finally, this: if something as basic to our character as our sex is nothing but a social construct, it is very hard to see how there could be anything else about us that was more than a social construct. Those parents and kids? Not only are they neither parents, nor kids, but they don’t actually exist, at all. Their persons are nothing but a social construct. There is no such thing, really, as people. The things people seem to do, or to have done? People had nothing to do with them, really, because there are no people.
If there are no people, then there is no you, either.
If sex disappears into mere language, and language does not truly refer, then likewise everything else disappears into language. Nothing, then, is ultimately real. Including language.
By gosh, it’s a tremendous liberation! Life is so much simpler when you don’t need to care about anyone in particular, or anything, including yourself, on account of the fact that they don’t really exist.