Queer Theory and BDS: The Odd Couple
For the past two years Boycott Divest Sanction, (BDS) the growing college campus movement against Israel has put every Jewish student and many faculty in its crosshairs. is the latest incarnation of anti-Semitism to garner the rubber stamp of approval in the a stamp usually reserved for the very PC fields like , Queer Studies and LGBT ights.
sThat these two movements go hand in hand should not strike anyone as odd considering both movements share, not only toxic tactics, (calling people genocidal murders as they try to make their way from class to class), but revisionist history of faux victimization, (think of that widely circulated photograph of the dead baby, who was killed by the Israelis in 2007, and killed again in 2009, and yet again in 2014) and violent rhetoric.
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Queer Studies and BDS, along with Butler are ooted in the postmodern notion of relativismntire histories are fabricated skewed, tailored, deconstructed and reconstructedsome classroom handed down to unknowing students with smug authority. It is , the myth of the pure innocent victim and the mighty violent oppressor. (Aryan and supremacy are postmodern ideologies.) also has -laden style that wants people to imagine that there’s some imaginary road sign warning “deep thought ahead” Butler is known for two things ender hey which I will address briefly and her bad prose as evidenced in
The move from a structuralism account in which capital is understood to structure social relations in relatively homologous ways to a view of hegemony in which power relations are subject to repetition, convergence, and rearticulation brought the question of temporality into the thinking of structure, and marked a shift from a form of Althusserian theory that takes structural totalities as theoretical objects to one in which the insights into the contingent possibility of structure inaugurate a renewed conception of hegemony as bound up with the contingent sites and strategies of the rearticulation of power.
Bad prose can be interesting and telling. et’s not read for meaning exclusively (because honestly it is not that important) but rather look at the other operations taking place in th nasty thicket of verbiage. obscurity are themselves acts of aggression. There’s a manipulation going on that has nothing to with the content but everything to do with forcing a reader -- the act of reading as coererion. It is not rooted in free exchange of ideas.
The other thing that Butler is most well known is her theory of gender. simply asserts that gender is a social and cultural contruct that can be like a text, mended or editedgender is “pformative” (we but poor player that strut and fret or chase a sexual fetish or role-play and expect others Gender is not sex. is a biological fact. According to Butler gender is identity.
A central theme in BDS and ueer studies repeated over and over in a myriad of ways is the victim narrative. It is a crude talefter being oppressed and unrecognized the hero is final recognized by slaying the foee ascends his rightful throne. ven Holocaust studies and Middle Eastern studies have been hijacked and succumbed.
Now if you go to an academic conference on the Holocaust be prepared tospeak and hear about the Genocide that the Zionist oppressors are inflicting with their apartheid regime. It is notable that ueer studies they actually do refer more closely to the Holocaust (the pink triangle) as having taken place in Europe. they use numbers and inflate their victimization to an point 5-7 thousand becomes 1 million in some accounts. In this narrative victimhood is and queers were the main victims, followed by Jews and Gypsies.
Queer Studies sidesteps the thousands gay in the SA ignoring it. The SA had to be disbanded in a putsch because they were too brutal and a threat to Hitler. Let me repeat that, Hitler disbanded the SA because they were too bruta. istorian Louis Snyder the head of the SA Rohm was in many a ueer theorist. He states of Rohm that he "projected a social order in which homosexuality would be regarded as a human pattern of high repute” and “He believed straight people weren't as adept at bullying and aggression as homosexuals, so homosexuality was given a high premium in the SA."
Alongside mythmaking is “deconstructing” a concept Butler feels at home with. If we apply these ideas to their source, the extermination camps (different concentration camps) were the first institution and relied on the same mythmaking and the same patchwork of a historical narrative. In this deconstruction they became distinctly postmodern when they reconstructed and joined the modern factory to the modern prison and manufactured modern corpses. The dangerous premise the world is a text “deconstructed” then you can edit people out of the text. Progressivism at it finest hour.
No doubt the postmodern revis history serve several other purposesome are psychological manipulations and some are just grandiose lies to create more idealized victims. They use historical analogies borrow sympathy and make “guilty” those who disagreeQueer doctrine likens to civil rights and hijacks African America struggle in the South to their own struggles -- Yale Kennedy School. The most relativism is that so far as I know, no has ever failed a course. Which is not to say some students have been driven out and shamed for not conforming to the doctrine.
Both have changed the landscape of the campus in several ways. For better or worse, ueer and gender studies have submerged “women’s studies” and now the faculty are often white men in their 40’s who “feel like women” and “identify” as women. You would think that something so closely related to the English Department might notice the use of “as” and “like” hese are words and mean those people are menThink of Bruce Jenner.
Professor Butlers spokes for a anti- hate campaign. She speaks fondly of her upper middle class childhood in Cleveland Ohio as inspiring questions he related in an interview that she asked local Rabbi at her reform Temple “about God.” She was obviously precocious because weren’t we all no such thing as post.
The truth is that Palestinians have a history of anti-Semitism that predates the founding of the state of Israel. The ties between their leaders and the Nazi party led to the forming volunteer brigade that w responsible in the extermination of 2000 Jews in Yugoslavia. most senior Muslim cleric to be involved in the Holocaust was cording to the Encyclopedia of the Holocaust (Edition 1990, Volume 2, Pages 706 and 707), made a substantial contribution to the Axis war effort by "in record time" Muslim SS units in Croatia would be involved in some of the serious atrocities of the Second World War.
My mother family, athe entire Jewish population of the , slaughtered in one of those villages. Only he survived a quick thinking Christi woman grabbed her from the fray and slapped her across the face he o assumed woman.
It is true the Pal have certainly suffered losses, huge ones. They also have a long history of being used by the PLO or Hezb’allah or Hamas. Several news sources have reported that many on the streets of Azza do not often even know what the Holocaust was so when these rage junkies BDS liken themselves to Jews in the Holocaust speaks to the depth of the . One wonders what supporters actually get out of this. And who is attracted to such a movement? There is no shortage of human sufferinghy ha -- -- captured the imagination on campuses?
Victimhood is a currency. -- -- Their staggering. It is no wonder that an entire class, well positionedvetted through elite institutions claim “justice” (which feels a lot like rage) as the highest social. Justice is not an ethical systemquality is not based in a platform of effete Marxism as put forth by Althusser, before he strangled his wife to deathn America as in Germany it is based primarily in consumerism that sees and experience the world in pie charts. The rehistorzation. One wonders what Freud would say. Is this Civilization and its Discontents
Boycotts, labeling people as bigots are all forms of coercion, silencing and erasing people. These are punitive tactics do not seek justice but rather control and punishment. All of it is anti-intellectual and against the fundamental principles of academic inquiry. People who attracted to these tactics indeed take pleasure from punishing and a kind of role-playing -- many that attempt to don the mantle of social justice or social cleansing.
Rivka Edelman is the pen name of a visiting professor of literature and writing. She has published widely. She is also a feminist, a children’s rights activist, and on the board of a network of adult children raised in LBGT households. She serves on the Academic Council and the Executive Board of the International Children’s Rights Institute. She is co-author of Jephthah's Daughters: Innocent Casualties in the War for Family 'Equality.'