The radical left has come up with all sorts of esoteric PC liberal jargon that points at the pure lunacy these people have, and the eerie seriousness they take their ideology to be! Words like “transgender”, “cisgender”, “internalized misogyny” ( For women who disagree with the feminist movement, because only a victim of the patriarchy would have a different opinion, right 😉 ), “patriarchy”, “microaggression”, “safe-space”, “triggered”, “bias incident” and many, many more! Most of these terms are laughable, some even barely comprehensible without detailed explanation and context for the more sane generations among us! However, there is one word in which I feel we can acknowledge and apply to ourselves and our identity as conservatives: intersectionality.
The word intersectionality came about in the context of some liberals feeling that they weren’t just oppressed by one facet of their identity, like race for example, but many. For example, a black woman feeling oppressed due to racial discrimination and fighting against it, only to have her male peers of color shun her and devalue her voice solely because she is a woman. In that instance, she is in a way “double oppressed”, by her race, but also her gender, even by members of her same group. Therefore, she would feel that women of color must face prejudice in not one, but two areas of her life and fight both. Add sexuality, religion, disability, gender expression, and so on to make a whole amalgam of oppression! Now, I’m not saying everything liberals with multifaceted identities say is valid in claiming they are “oppressed”, or that it still isn’t laughable when someone asks for a “safe space” or that they were “microagressed”. My point is though, to take away the liberal “I’m oppressed! Give me special privileges!” context of the word and strip it down to a more generic definition. That is, for our purposes, intersectionality means having a multifaceted identity.
The deal is, conservatives face issues of intersectionality as well, not just liberals, and do in fact, face discrimination because of parts of their identity. For example, the main image many conjure up as the stereotypical conservative is the standard white, Christian, straight, Republican, able bodied, cisgendered male in his 50’s and over. However, many conservatives including myself do not fit into that neat little mold, yet nevertheless choose to identify as conservative. There are black conservatives like Walter Williams, a brilliant and insightful man. There are indeed gay conservatives, who prove not all conservatives are “anti-gay” and believe that their sexuality should have nothing to do with their politics. Not all conservatives are Republican. Some, like my Uncle are independent, some are Libertarian, for instance. Some conservatives do have disabilities. Others come from other faiths than Evangelical Christianity, or no faith at all. Not everyone is conservative because their god told them to be! Many conservatives are our millennial generation, who see through the liberal brainwashing, just as many radical liberals are in their 50’s and over. There are plenty of women who voted for Trump, and do not buy into the radical feminist agenda and wear pussy hats and call themselves “Nasty Women”. The point is, there is truly no one size fits all mold for what makes a conservative.
However, the liberals like to think conservatives are all just one type of human being to fit their narrative of the “other” while they cry for more recognition of the many dimensions of who they are as people. Just another liberal hypocrisy… When we don’t fit into their little preconceived prejudiced notions, they fight back and declare us “inconsequential” as they feel one part of ourselves means we ought to be liberal! Oh yes, the liberals can be anyone, but apparently not the conservatives! The point is when others outside the stereotypical conservative are known to exist, it contradicts the liberal’s thesis that anyone but white males are oppressed! How do men like Walter Williams, who is black, get to be conservative and call out imperfections and flaws in the black community when he is so oppressed by white privilege? Certainly an intelligent man would realize when he is being discriminated against arbitrarily! How do women, who are oppressed under the patriarchy, vote for Trump, the “sexual predator”, or gays under homophobia, become conservative, or immigrants that are Hispanic but don’t want illegals in the country come to exist? Certainly they are not all stupid, or doormats to oppression and injustice! There must be some reason they decided to take conservative stances. What is a liberal snowflake with an agenda to push to do???
This is why intersectionality matters for us too. If a conservative does have an “oppressed” identity, then liberals who are in their group too will shun them and deem them inconsequential. Race traitors, internalized misogyny, in the case of conservative women, doormats to oppression, etc… These conservatives face more challenges than others to speak out in their own communities as many are overwhelmingly liberal and do not like dissenters of their own kind, as again, it dismantles their “us vs. them” narrative they want to play on. Other identities also work the opposite way. For example, it is easier for me to come down hard and frankly on women’s issues from a conservative viewpoint since I am a woman. A man making the exact same argument would attract far more vitriol. I am considered more of a strange anomaly, but less “evil” than a man who feels the same way, for instance. A black person could criticize aspects of the black community like welfare and ghetto culture with far more leeway than a white person. Our identities intersect and affect as as a whole when we express our opinions and advocate for change. They can help or hinder us in how people perceive us. It is almost paradoxical, an identity can hinder us and make the liberals dismiss us and treat us as traitor or inconsequential, especially to other members of our identity, but conversely can make our voices heard as they are coming from an insider, and not the evil “other”.
Sometimes, our identity might also put us at odds with fellow conservatives! For example, many conservatives are people of faith, mostly Christian. I however, am an atheist and do not look to God for my moral reasoning or judgement on what is right or wrong, beneficial to society or detrimental. Some conservatives feel that being conservative means being religious and secular people are all liberal “anything goes” snowflakes. However, that’s not true in my case! We must also remind our fellow conservatives and ourselves, not to stereotype who we are! A conservative, like a liberal, can be many things, not just one image. I say, welcome all conservatives. Take an ally where you can 🙂 That said, there is far more backlash from liberals, so the rest is for them:
I am a woman, but do not buy into the hook up culture, promiscuity as empowerment, the idea men are patriarchal and oppressive for speaking their minds too and being strong and masculine. I am not a “Nasty Woman” who wears pussy hats and dresses like my nether regions to make a point. I’m not a #metoo hysteric who infantilizes women into little children and succumbs to coercion. I believe in dressing feminine and embracing womanhood, with no man forcing that choice down my throat! I want to be a lady of elegance and grace, the ones our grandparents were instead of vulgar radical feminists! I choose modesty in dress without a man forcing it on me. I choose to wait until marriage instead of hookups like a “liberated” woman. However, I am deemed an inconsequential woman, one victim to internalized misogyny and patriarchal brainwashing instead of a strong woman capable of making up her own mind!
I am an atheist, but don’t believe that traditional virtues are outdated in society. I feel that there is objective evidence for the detrimental effects of hook up culture, promiscuity, XX and XY based sex determination for humans that correlates with gender expression as the norm, not just another “choice”, decry a society with no accountability and anything goes mentality. “Any family is a real family” propaganda, normalization of divorce and broken homes, sex as a handshake and not a milestone, the value of marriage, and other issues many religious conservatives tackle, but I don’t need God to tell me these things are absurd and wrong. I can just look and see how far our society has fallen.
I am not of European descent, yet have experienced the same “privilege” as my white parents who adopted me as a baby. I have never faced the racial discrimination other races including mine purport is rampant. Just because I have white parents, if I’m living independently or going somewhere on my own, no one knows that fact about me! Why wasn’t I then “oppressed” like others of my kind? I have no “white privilege” on my own all by myself, yet have reaped all the opportunities and benefits of being white! I can also see the lunacy of other minority groups who vie for special privileges saying white people have kept them down, yet I have had all the same privilege as my white family and friends! Sure, I might have had advantages and opportunities others have not in life but I think we can rule out whiteness being one of them! So, there’s no contradiction in me agreeing with my fellow white conservatives. Just because I’m not the same ethnicity, doesn’t mean I have to have a different opinion based on facts and observation! I have seen the struggles whites face against liberal snowflakes in being conservative, and the liberal regime on them, such as giving their money to welfare, and being silenced by liberals based on race, which in my book, is racial discrimination! Just as I am privileged in some ways in my family, I am also oppressed in others the same way they are for being conservative.
I was adopted, but advocate for the nuclear family. My parents were happily married, coming from generations of stable loving marriages and two parent homes. Adoption does not mean I have to jump on the “any family is a real family” bandwagon. Single parent homes, divorced homes, same sex parent homes, stepparents, grandma and grandpa instead of mommy and daddy, other relatives, “guardians” and caregivers, mommy and live in boyfriend, etc… none can be the standard the married two parent home is! As much as we like to delude ourselves into thinking it’s fine and dandy, kids in these homes grow up with issues often landing them in therapy. Men don’t have fathers to turn them into real men, daughters don’t have fathers to guide them to be ladies. Mom #1 and mom #2, or dad #1 and dad #2 cannot give a child what the other parent of the opposite sex could give in raising a child! Grandparents and other relatives cannot replace mom and dad. A child raised in two homes will have divided loyalties and feelings and no stability! Yes, I wasn’t conceived in the traditional way by my parents, but I grew up with all the privileges of the married two parent home and turned out much better than my neurotic, depressed, anxious, suicidal, peers in therapy and have daddy issues. Being adopted did not damage me or give me daddy issues, anxiety, depression, and neurosis. Being adopted had nothing to do with my personal growth in a loving two parent family! I’m not a hypocrite for advocating for the traditional nuclear family, as how they got me is inconsequential compared to how they raised me!
So, those are my identities that are outside the stereotypical conservative box, what are yours? A conservative can be anyone, as long as they think for themselves. Let’s embrace our many identities, without succumbing to identity politics. Identity defines who you are, not what you think! 😉