Saturday, August 3, 2013

Narcissist ordinance

Julian Castro, coming off a high of delivering the keynote address at the DNC convention, and jealous of the attention Texas governor Rick Perry received during the abortion bill kerfuffle in Austin, wants the spotlight back on him. At the San Antonio mayor’s insistence, soon the city council will vote to “modernize” San Antonio’s anti-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity. The proposed ordinance reads:

No person shall be appointed to a position if the city council finds that such person has, prior to such proposed appointment, engaged in discrimination or demonstrated a bias, by word or deed, against any person, group or organization on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, age or disability.

As I’ve written ad nauseum, these categories are impossible to define. What is sexual orientation? Not even researchers on the cutting edges of social science can provide adequate answers. Is it intercourse and sex play? Does it include mere un-acted-upon attraction? Is it genetic? Is it a title that one adopts to describe oneself? Does it encompass the entirety of individuals’ sexual experience, including dreams, fetishes, impulses, and feelings about one’s mother?

They are not so easy to answer as, “Is he black?” All you need to do is look at him. Race is an immutable, easily recognizable trait, not liable to subjective interpretation.

In their unparalleled wisdom, Castro and his fellow lords of the universe on the city council have it figured out. Garrett Haley writes:

According to the ordinance’s definitions, “gender identity” means “a gender-related identity, appearance, expression or behavior of an individual, regardless of the individual’s assigned sex at birth.” Similarly, “sexual orientation” is defined as “an individual’s real or perceived orientation as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual or asexual.”

Perverts read this and rejoice. If this ordinance passes, the question is not what behavior will employers entering contracts with the city be forced to tolerate; the question is what behavior won’t they be forced to tolerate.

Can you hear their defense now? “Don’t tell me I can’t use whatever restroom I want. I am who I am. How dare you tell me how I can or can’t express my gender-related identity.”

Similarly, I can act as gay and/or horny at work as I want. Any exploit on my part that contributes to my “perceived orientation” is protected under law. To paraphrase Rod Dreher, the entire culture will be changed to accommodate people’s illusions about themselves.

In Greek mythology, Narcissus saw his reflection in a pool and fell in love. So enamored was he that he stared at himself until he died.

These pseudo-categories of sexual orientation and gender identity are a catch-all for narcissism. Their enshrinement into anti-discrimination law removes the impetus of employment’s power to turn people away from themselves and towards the good of society.

To Julian Castro, losing the assimilating function of work, the great leveler among men and women of diverse backgrounds, is worth sacrificing for an appointment in future president Hillary Clinton’s administration. San Antonio ought not be experimented with to bolster his resumé.

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