On Clown-World America's New National Pastime and Its End Game
The incomparable Gad Saad popularized the term “victimology poker,” which refers to the uniquely Western pathology of making a virtue out of being a victim, even to the point of greatly exaggerating or outright inventing traumas to enhance one’s status. Older generations referred to this simply as having a “pity party,” but younger Millennials and Gen Z have made this form of self-sabotage America’s new national pastime.
The Inverse Correlation between Claims of Victimhood and Actual Victimhood
This is not to deny the existence of real trauma or real victims, but in recent years, there has been a paradoxical phenomenon that has become impossible to ignore: despite actual data clearly showing that America has less oppression on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation than ever before, the claims of such oppression have increased both in frequency and intensity. Although brown-skinned Indian-Americans and Nigerian-Americans vastly outperform the native white population, we are nonetheless told that America is deeply and systemically white-supremacist on every level. And despite the fact that girls are overwhelmingly doing better than boys these days, we are still told that girls need extra help and encouragement to overcome an oppressive patriarchy. What gives?
Hanlon’s Razor Does Not Explain the Prevalence of Anti-Straight-White-Male Agitprop
Despite Hanlon’s Razor — i.e., “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity” — I have really begun to wonder whether mere stupidity or incompetence is an adequate explanation for what we see.
We live in a clown world, where our culture’s prevailing narrative is not just a little off, it is the complete opposite of reality. Why is that?
Boys today are propagandized to hate themselves. When a boy turns on the television, unless the show was created prior to the “rural purge” of the early 1970s, the men on the show will almost certainly be buffoons: Father does not know best; in fact, Father is such an imbecile, everyone else is better off when he is not around. Note: that format was challenged in the 1980s by the wildly popular Cosby Show, but because the star of the show committed crimes against womankind offscreen, that series has been effectively memory-holed. In most sitcoms and movies created over the past 50 years, Hollywood has been very careful to ensure that the classic role of the Fool always goes to a man, while his female castmates are invariably portrayed as smart and sophisticated.
When boys go to school, they are taught mostly by women and encounter mostly female authority figures. In the classroom, the energy and restlessness of boys is seen as a problem; but rather than acknowledge that boys and girls could be different, or that a more hands-on learning style might be more appropriate for boys, the female educators label the boys as “troublemakers” and encourage parents to medicate them into submission.
Under the oppressive rule of a safety-first mindset, the teachers and administrators carefully limit opportunities at recess or gym class for the kind of rough-and-tumble play that boys crave. And when boys act up in class, rather than giving them more physical exercise to do, something that would actually help them to be more attentive in class, the teachers instead withhold opportunities for physical exercise, thereby making it more likely that boys will act up. Punishing young boys’ restlessness by taking away recess makes about as much sense as noticing that they are not paying attention because they are hungry, and then deciding to take away their lunch break.
And despite the incontrovertible fact that males are more likely to get in trouble in school, get suspended from school, drop out of school, work in lower-paid manual labor jobs that carry greater risk of injury and death, get involved with the criminal justice system, abuse drugs and alcohol, end up homeless, be the victims of every category of violent crime except rape, be incarcerated, end up on death row, commit suicide, etc. — and despite the incontrovertible fact that females are more likely to get better grades in school, finish high school, go to college, graduate college, get a job in their chosen field after college, etc., etc. — despite all that, today’s boys are continuously assaulted with feminist agitprop: males are oppressors, female are oppressed, masculinity is toxic, there’s a glass ceiling for females, and males are privileged; so smash the patriarchy!
As the ever-insightful substacker John Carter put it in a recent article on Postcards from Barsoom, people say they want their sons to succeed, but they relentlessly undermine their sons’ chances of success. Where propaganda and gaslighting fail, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion mandates do the job: wherever men outperform women, as in STEM fields or athletics, measures are taken to create positions for women, even if those positions are artificially subsidized by the profits produced by the men — e.g., witness the way college men’s basketball and football programs run short of scholarships because they have to subsidize scholarships for female athletes in money-losing sports. Of course, wherever the women outperform the men, the chips are allowed to fall where they may, and the women are left free to enjoy the spoils of victory all by themselves — where are the programs giving affirmative-action points to male applicants in education, HR, or nursing?
The woke mafia will complain that most CEOs and all Presidents are male: doesn’t that just prove that male privilege exists, you bigot? No, it does not. Even if you ignore other factors, such as gender-differences in career preferences and desires for part-time work in order to spend more time with children, and even if you ignore that males tend to be more heavily represented at the tail-ends of Bell Curves in both directions, such that males predominate among both the geniuses and the mentally-retarded — even if you ignore those other factors, which do explain a great deal, you are still left with a simple fact about today’s overwhelmingly male cohort of high-power executives: they are mostly old. They came of age under a very different social order that no longer exists. Today’s generation of boys will not benefit in any way from the advantages their grandfathers may have enjoyed, yet they are being punished for it as if they were responsible.
By the way, John Carter explains all of this masterfully in this article:
So yeah, among the older generations, men did much better than women. But if we’re going to use 50-year-old data to justify discriminating against today’s boys, why don’t we use other anachronisms to inform today’s education? Why don’t we teach children how to use rotary phones and room-sized, punch-card-programmed computers? A lot has changed since 1972, so why haven’t our talking points about gender (and race, for that matter) changed with the times? Maybe because using obsolete information to inform today’s culture wars is useful to someone?
And if You’re a White Male, You Are Double-Plus Ungood!
To keep this article from getting too long, I will save the part about anti-white racism, à la quack-Dr. Ibram X Kendi, for a separate article, but suffice it to say, if being male is bad by itself, being a white male is a twice as evil — nay, white manhood is evil squared!
Real instances of white-against-black racism are increasingly rare, but whenever they occur, they are broadcast as the leading story 24-7 for weeks, and all the usual suspects of race-grifters point to these isolated incidents as proof positive that America is still deeply and systemically racist.
But contrast that with the coverage of far-more prevalent instances of black-against-white racism, which is relentlessly buried, ignored, or hand-waved away by our culture’s mainstream media and influencers. If a white male posts racist claptrap and shoots up a supermarket in a black neighborhood in Buffalo, it gets nonstop mainstream media attention, and President “Geriatric” Joe Biden drops everything to pay a visit; but if a black career criminal calls for violence against white people and then decides to drive his SUV into a Christmas parade to kill and maim as many white people as possible, the mainstream media describes the crime as if it was committed by a driverless SUV, and there’s no Presidential visit.
As I said, I will write a separate article about this phenomenon of anti-white racism, but for now, let me just ask: why do we “say their names” and encourage “fiery but mostly-peaceful protests” for George Floyd and Brianna Taylor, but not for Tony Timpa or Duncan Lemp?
So How Does a Male, Especially a White Male, Succeed in 21st Century America?
So How Does a Male, Especially a White Male, Succeed in 21st Century America? By playing Victimology Poker, of course!
The way Victimology Poker works is this: your hand improves with each “intersectional” trait that takes you away from being a straight-white-cis-hetero-normative male, a.k.a, an OPPRESSOR, and closer to being a gay-black-non-binary-trans female, a.k.a, a perfect angel of a victim.
If you’re a straight white male, your Victimology Poker hand goes something like this: a Two of Clubs, a Three of Hearts, a Five of Diamonds, a Seven of Spades, and — and you do not get a fifth card, because you are already so privileged, you evil OPPRESSOR! Unless you come from money (i.e., you’re a part of the elite class running this clown show), you are screwed, because you will lose every hand where Victimology Poker is being played; and Victimology Poker is the name of the game in corporate America, academia, government, politics, mass media, entertainment, big tech, banking, etc. You will essentially need to find a productive job to do, like plumbing or bricklaying, which will have high social utility but relatively low status and pay.
But if you become gay, or better yet, trans, then you get to join the Alphabet-Pride Commissars, and your hand immediately increases in value. Being trans is an Ace, and being female is another Ace — hey, The Science has decreed that trans women are women, full stop! — so you just went from having a hand of straight garbage to a pair of Aces, just by identifying as trans! How marvelous!
And if you are a trans-female lesbian because you still like the ladies, you get another Ace! And if your girlfriend is also a trans female, you get still another Ace! Four Aces! Boom! Beat that, suckas!
Other intersectional identities get varying points. Being Hispanic is tricky, because if a Hispanic is on the political right and believes in traditional gender norms, he or she is white (e.g., Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio). But if a Hispanic is on the political Left and is a True Believer in the state-sponsored religion of Wokeism, with all its gobbledygook about gender, then that Hispanic is a person of color (POC). E.g., AOC. Why is AOC considered a POC, but Marco Rubio is not? It’s the magic of Wokeism!
Anyway, being Hispanic and #woke gets you a pair of Kings, but being Hispanic and MAGA gets you kicked out of the game.
Being Asian is like having a pair of Jacks. In a contest with a straight white male, you win; but in any contest with a black person, you lose. That’s why #StopAsianHate applies only when Asians are attacked by white criminals, but not when they’re attacked by black criminals, even though blacks commit far more Anti-Asian hate crimes than whites. That’s also why it is a-okay for colleges to discriminate against Asians in admissions, because it helps less-qualified black applicants. Stay #woke, y’all!
If you’re a black-trans-female-lesbian with Down Syndrome — someone like Ibram Kendi — you basically have a Royal Flush. That’s why quack-Dr. Kendi gets highly paid and heavily promoted by the ruling class to spout her moronic garbage. She was born a black male with Down Syndrome, named Henry Rogers (please don’t cancel me for “dead-naming” her), so she basically started off with a Full House in the Victimology Poker game of life. But when she transitioned to Ibram Kendi and added trans female to her already victimized identity, she became so incredibly intersectional that she was given a bullshit honorary doctorate in African-American Studies (boy, doesn’t that sound like a rigorous field!) from Temple and then hired by The Atlantic to write anti[white]racist doggerel. Now major institutions hire her at six-figures a pop to lecture them on how systemically racist everything is. That is the value of victimhood!
Side note: I wonder how much money large corporations and institutions paid MLK and Malcolm X to speak about the real racism they were fighting in the 1960s? Probably not much. Real racists don’t pay you to talk about how racist they are, and they don’t promote your anti[white]racist books and make them #1 New York Times bestsellers.
Anyway, as a white male, you will never have the incredible Victimology Poker hand of an Ibram Kendi, but you can vastly improve your position by identifying as gay. Hey, get fucked up the ass, and you immediately become a better person! Better yet, get castrated, get fake boobs, and identify as a woman! Then you will have a good identity, to replace that bad identity you were born with!
As James Lindsay has noted, this pattern starts to look a lot like Mao’s cultural revolution in communist China! You may have been born with a bad identity (white male), but you can exchange that for a good and politically useful identity by becoming trans!
But Why Are Men Encouraged to Act Like Women?
This leads to a question: why are men being encouraged to act like women? Why are American males being encouraged to pretend to be female? Why would such a strange fashion emerge in our culture? And why would that trend be encouraged by our culture’s most powerful institutions?
As George Carlin noted, we have seen the ever-increasing “pussification of the American male” — and Carlin has been dead since 2008, prior to the full-on assault of all the “trans women are women” madness, so imagine what he would say today.
Rape is a crime almost exclusively committed by men against women. If we have a ruling elite that wants to rape the American people politically and economically, then getting the men to identify as women would sure be helpful to their agenda. Raise up a generation of coddled, chemically-castrated males who want to wear dresses and act like bitches, and you have a population that is easier to control.
And that, I believe, is the end game of Victimology Poker: the destruction of manhood and the subjugation of a feminized population. That is the real reason our ruling elites are pushing this self-sabotaging game so hard on the American people.
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