“The abolition of gender will never happen!”

It always makes me laugh when people accuse me of holding to unrealistic positions or of not accepting the more pragmatic solution. When have I ever even shown an inkling of desire to be pragmatic or conciliating? When have I ever refused to follow the truth? Pragmatism is the watchword of people who refuse to think.

That being said, I do want to examine the objections of people who argue that gender abolitionism cannot “work,” mainly because their arguments are similar to those used against the abolition of other institutions or social constructs, like religion, class or hierarchies in general. Therefore I think this issue goes to the core of what radicalism is all about.

1. Gender is innate.

I’ve already discussed this quite a bit, so I won’t spend a whole lot of space on this one, but it is a common response applied to any social construct. The first line of defense that will form around any social hierarchy is pseudo-science which endeavors to “prove” that it is “a fact of nature.”

So you get early anthropologists telling us that centralized power and religion are marks of “civilization,” phrenologists showing us the “criminal head,” and sociobiologists “discovering” that gender is a biological fact. Actual science never confirms these “discoveries,” but that never gets in the way of their supporters.

Even if gender actually was innate, it’s unclear how that would mean gender cannot be censored to some extent. After all, we all agree that the desire for sex is innate, but there are people who voluntarily choose a life of abstinence, and most of us do not have sex on a constant basis. We also agree that man is a social animal, but there are people who live without human contact.

So while gender being innate would make it impossible to eliminate it, it wouldn’t mean that gender cannot be mitigated.

2. Gender is so ingrained in the fabric of society that it cannot be eliminated.

I’m sure people said the same thing about slavery, too. Granted, we still haven’t eliminated slavery, but at least it’s illegal and marginalized everywhere, which is more than I can say for genderist brainwashing. Even if gender could not be eliminated, I’d settle for “genderism is now illegal and marginalized in all countries, and its proponents are considered the scum of the Earth.” How would that not be a victory?

Any hierarchy as major as gender will be integrated within all levels of society and will look intractable. And yet we fight against them because of their destructive effects on society and the world. Capitalism is a major enemy of human life, so we oppose it even if eliminating it looks impossible from our perspective. Gender may be the oldest hierarchy in human history, but its destructive effects means we must oppose it regardless of pragmatic considerations.

3. Gender can be abolished, but the results would be catastrophic.

Traditionalists love to turn into doomsayers when the issue of advancing any social issue turns up. The standard traditional genderist storyline about abolishing gender is this: feminism leads to gender equality, and gender equality leads to the destruction of the family structure, which is the foundation of civilization, so that would end Western civilization as we know it. Cue the explosions.

The masculine and feminine roles, clearly defined above, are not merely a result of custom or tradition, but are of divine origin…

Nothing is more important than a boy becoming a masculine man and a girl becoming a feminine woman.

Helen Andelin, Fascinating Womanhood

Since feminism was mottled together out of a deep disdain for God’s perfectly created order for men and women, it fueled the desire to rebel against the foundations of family. Therefore, the erosive movement was able to gain intense momentum as it was paired perfectly with a societal shift. Our nation became less concerned with foundations, more influenced by European Marxism, and sought out the Babylonian cry for feminism among women, and later brought along men, who all reject God. Suddenly, the use of the once sacred mortar of our foundations of God, Constitution and iron-clad families of strength, were abandoned to pursue anti-godly endeavors and selfishly built altars of sin.

It was inevitable by this point, that this movement would begin the most corrosive of all forces to weaken the fortress of family, and bring down the entire societal house of cards; from the inside out.

Granted, I’ve picked some of the most extreme examples: I think most traditional genderists believe that feminism and gender equality are deleterious but not fatal, and probably don’t attribute every single detail of our gender roles to God itself.

The basic principle remains the same: whenever some construct is threatened, they use fear to try to keep people in line (does it ever work?). I’ve referred to this a couple times on this blog as the Argument from Armageddon: if belief in X disappears, then society as we know it will collapse.

4. Gender can be abolished, but it would destroy individuality.

Independent Radical reminded me of this one in the comments. There seems to be this weird belief that the end point of feminism is some androgynous dystopia where everyone looks and acts the same. I first ran into this argument in One Life at a Time, Please, by Edward Abbey, where he states that the future of society under feminism is one of “unisexual, interchangeable, replaceable units of desexed semihumanity.” His argument is ridiculously simple: feminists want women to be more like men, therefore their ultimate goal is to homogenize everyone.

But this argument is completely backwards. It is gender that homogenizes people and suppresses individuality. How could eliminating gender, and having a population of individuals free to dress and act however they want, create more homogenization? Although I see nothing wrong with androgyny as a concept or a strategy, I see very little merit to that argument.

5. Abolishing gender is bigoted because it would go against people’s self-identification.

Again, I will not take a lot of time on this point because I’ve already argued that we don’t have a right to self-identify.

But I will go even farther and say that if self-identification hurts people, as it does in the case of genderism, then it must be attacked. Genderism hurts women on a worldwide scale and is used to justify attacking their bodies and human rights. Identification with gender serves to support its power to hurt women, whether the people who identify with it want to do so or not.

6 thoughts on ““The abolition of gender will never happen!”

  1. Independent Radical September 28, 2014 at 22:02 Reply

    You forgot the ever popular, “if we stop some people from being the dominant group and other people from being the subordinate group than everyone will be part of one egalitarian group and that will destroy individuality!!!!!!!!!!” which is used in relation to ideologies which seek to abolish class divisions as well as radical feminism. Although I guess it kind of ties in with the last point about self-identificaiton.

    • Francois Tremblay September 28, 2014 at 22:08 Reply

      Oooooooh you’re so right, I totally missed that one! It’s so ridiculous and yet so common. I’m going to add it right now.

      • Independent Radical September 29, 2014 at 01:44 Reply

        Thanks for adding my point in!

        Although I do think there are certain behaviours that could not exist in a genuinely egalitarian world. I don’t think it is possible for there to be a set of people (regardless of what sex these people were) that frequently behaves in an aggressive, dominating manner without the existance of such people undermining the egalitarian character of the society.

        The same thing applies to highly subordinate behaviours like harming one’s body in order to look pretty or asking to be physically beaten for the sake of sexual arousal. Though I think that people who behave in a dominating manner pose a more direct threat to the egalitarianism of a society and thus deserve more contempt in my mind.

        But elimating certain harmful behaviours and roles in no sense means making everyone the same, because there are many ways one could be a decent, yet not subordinate, human being. As for appearance, humans naturally look different from each other, so prettiness practices are not necessary for creating diversity.

        • Heretic September 29, 2014 at 02:19 Reply

          There’s the implication that these hierarchies are bigoted, which is true. The subordinate are “less than” and even though they’re not “good enough” to fit in with the powerful they’re still made to conform. I agree.
          That being said, there’s enough diversity that can be had among people – I mean not just on a “looks” level, but personally. The poor excuses attempting to justify bigotry “or else it’s an echo chamber” are just that, poor excuses.

          • Francois Tremblay September 29, 2014 at 02:24 Reply

            There are very powerful homogenizers in our capital-democracies. Gender, competition (which ironically uses individualism as its justification), public education, religion, etc. Lose any one of them and you unleash an incredible amount of creativity and individuality into this world, I think. Just see how much good the downgrading of religion has done.

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