I don’t really care, and I suspect most of you don’t really care, how people “self-identify.” Boys who feel more like girls? Girls who feel more like boys? Men who feel like puppy dogs? White women who think they’re black? People who want to have themselves made over to resemble serpents or cats? Fine. Dandy. Don’t care. Vive la difference! and all that. It’s a big, diverse world, and there’s room for all, as long as they’re peaceable. If people want to get surgery or have tattoos or cross-dress or whatever pleases them, more power to them as long as they don’t foist the bill on hapless taxpayers.
I even have my own long-ago experience in the “self-identifying” area. As I suspect many of us do.
But oh my, we have now gone at such dizzying speed from a healthy (and overdue) acceptance of people’s differences to endless whining that we must accept anyone and everyone’s “self-identification” as our biological, social, and legal reality. We’re asked — nay, demanded — to accept what is subjective at best and demonstrably untrue at worst and to live with the consequences. If we don’t, then woe betide us throwbacks and bigots. Because increasingly both law and social pressure are on the side of the “self-identified.”
Never mind that they may change their self-identifications tomorrow. Never mind that the entire business becomes more outlandish the more it is indulged.
So. This week’s freedom question is strictly for laughs, even if they are rather bitter and cynical laughs: What would you self-identify as in order to get some useful benefit for yourself in this crazy politicized world?
Bear Bussjaeger already went on record saying he’d self-identify as a too-big-to-fail bank so he could get lots of money. My first inclination when faced with all this nonsense is to self-identify as a houseplant — the benefit being never to have to waste brainpower on other people’s noisy demands for attention and special privileges.
But hey, self-identification is today’s big thing. So what will you be when you come out of your closet and self-identify as something other than you appear?