The Bad Faith of Identity Politics

Recently two huwhytes have centered themselves under media spotlights for daring to challenge traditional identity norms by attempting to faithfully replicate them as closely as possible. On one hand, we have Brucelynn Jenner, proving that it's wrong to hold up a false, airbrushed caricature of the ideal female beauty, unless of course you're a straight white male athlete. On the other side of the coin we have a liberal white female LARPing so hard she actually tries to re-invent herself as a spray tanned version of Black Girl Dangerous, raising the fascinating question of whether or not modern blackface is the best means to accomplish "black ally" status.

So authentically black she needs a book to know how to do it.

From a philosophical perspective, it's hard not to be reminded of Sartre's "Bad Faith" principle. In both cases two individuals are consciously "trying" to be something else, an effort so transparent it approaches hilarity in the case of Dolezal's ridiculous spraytan skin and permed hair style. Jenner of course is trying so hard to imitate an airbrushed 1980s white female actress it's hard to believe social justice warriors haven't descended into outrage at the "body shaming" and "appropriation" on full display, but I suppose times have changed since the days of Gloria Steinem and Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism.

How someone can willingly and consciously choose to portray themselves as something different than their original "identity" makes their position somewhat indistinguishable from "play acting," particularly when one considers the source of their frames of reference. What does Rachel Dolezal know about "being black"? Does a white male Olympic athlete truly know how to be a woman?

If gender and race are social constructs, why bother continuing to construct them? Aren't both Jenner and Dolezal holding back progress by rigidly defining the terms "woman" and "black" with stark categories built around frizzy hair, lipstick, dark skin, and fake tits?

If true social progress involves transcending these sorts of dichotomies, then why do white people get praised for underlining and highlighting them? How does a fit white dude with shitloads of money becoming a fit white woman with shitloads of money really challenge or upset anything? How does a spoiled white liberal college chick really undo stereotyping and trivialization of black culture by obsessing over the cultivation of properly black hairstyles?

In fact, it's this unceasing frivolous superficiality of the DildoLeft that is most revolting. "Black" is merely a hairstyle. "Woman" is just lipstick. These are roles to be played, masks to be put on, and anyone who questions you is a bigot.