Frontiers of victimization
In the upside-down world of the left, everything good is bad. Thus, we have a prominent lesbian in the U.K. posing as a victim for the oddest reason imaginable: being seen as a fashion leader, imitated by others. Katherine Timpf writes in NRO:
A lesbian columnist wrote a piece in The Guardian complaining that the straight women who wear less-than-feminine clothing are “appropriating” lesbian culture and making it too hard for lesbians to tell who the other lesbians are.
The columnist, named Sophie Wilkinson, describes the trend of what she calls “unisex style” as a new thing, blaming the “high-street ubiquity of unisex outfitters such as American Apparel and Uniqlo and the androgynous cuts of Scandinavian shops like Cos.”
“What was once a queer-owned style has shifted to the mainstream, being appropriated by straight women to the point that it’s now impossible to infer a sexual orientation from the way a woman dresses,” Wilkinson writes in a piece titled “Butch chic: how the gender-neutral trend has ruined my wardrobe.”
In this weird (or “queer”) universe, everyone apparently has to dress in a way tat others can readily know their sexual practices. I shudder to think of where this could lead, given the various orifices employed for gratification. Besides, whatever happened to gaydar?
Perhaps the signature madness of our era is the quest to claim victim status. Given the emphasis the culturally dominant left places on ameliorating the unhappiness of victims, it may be understandable. But objectively speaking, going through life as a victim is hardly a desirable state. Complaining of “cultural appropriation” is absurd, not simply because imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but because it leads to such notions as only Germans being allowed to perform Beethoven and condemning all people of African origin to a pre-technological state of living.