Thoughts on: The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Identity and Race by Douglas Murray

There are a few events that got me to finally look into the topic of intersectionalility, gender and identity politics:
🔸 A trans person I knew committed suicide.
🔹I saw a poster on a notice board on a playground inviting children from the age of 11 (or was it 9?!) to a municipally held HBTQ+ get-together.
🔸When I started the chat app we use at work after coming back from parental leave noticed a few colleagues had added their pronouns to as suffixes to their names: he/him.
🔹 I noticed that there are less and less jokes being made in social gatherings.
📚 The focus of this book are identity politics in general. A subject I’m quite clueless about. But after reading #whyimnolongertalkingtowhitepeopleaboutrace I picked up this book for alternative perspective.
This book raises 3 interesting questions:
1️⃣ Why is it that just as things appears to better than ever before for a certain group, the rhetoric begin to suggest that things have never been worse?
2️⃣ How can we figure out what’s really going on when topics like trans and gender get so politicized that it makes any scientific exploration close to impossible? What if science uncover the “wrong” answers?
3️⃣ When we finally unweave all the interlocking oppressions of our time, what will happen? What will happen if we achieve a state of social justice and is it even possible?

📚 It’s a book is one that sticks and I think about it daily. It points out a lot of incoherences in the rhetoric of the social justice movements and gives an interesting perspective identity politics. Views that are seldom voiced
In the mainstream—at least in Sweden 🇸🇪 where political correctness is state religion (almost! Haha!.)
—— Notes & Tidbits ——-

📝 Queer tend to push the view that being gay is a full-time occupation.

📝 It looks like social media is able to cause catastrophes but not heal them, to wound but not to remedy.

📝 Ask ‘Compared to what?’:
When people try to sum up our societies as horrible, racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic patriarchies the question needs to be asked. Not that things can’t be better, but some question could be posed to the accusers; What system has worked, or what system does work better?

The chapters on LGBTQ+ stood out to me. This is a quite new topic to me and it spawned a lot of questions. Our sexual orientation seems to be such a shaky foundation to build our identity on. But I guess that in the absence grand narratives (in a time where religion and ideologies is on life-support.) we are desperate enough to latch on to whatever gives us a bigger context, a chance of heroism, and a slither of hope.
I found this book truly fascinating. It’s been a while since I finished it now and it hasn’t gone a day without me thinking about some aspect of it. I appreciate the willingness to voice unpopular options and provide some perspective on the social justice movements. I support his belief in free speech and robust debate in order preserve democracy. But there are definitely injustices that still needs to be worked out! Maybe if we could have open and nuanced debates about these topic then we could come to solutions instead of name-calling and to resort to public shaming and exile for anyone who asks a valid question or challenge our beliefs.
My most memorable read this year.
⁉️What’s your most memorable read this year?⁉️

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