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The Incurable

Disorders that in Freud’s time were still recognizable as disorders are today validated as forms of dissidence. Symptoms that testify to the diminished or wholly absent authority of the father are inverted into willful acts of disobedience against long-extinct patriarchal norms.

As a consequence, neurosis has become not only incurable but undiagnosable. The hysteric today is a model of the “strong” woman, the mother-dominated, inadequate male, a model of sensitivity. What used to be neurosis is now “marginalization,” which calls for “inclusion” and a strained intellectual effort to canonize deformity and flaccidity.

The result is a phallophobic culture that anathematizes its own traditions, devalues men and manly virtues, and insists on demoting reality to the status of a social “construct” subordinated to the self-esteem of snowflakes, morons, perverts, and shrews.

Listless and infantilized men and women may well imagine that technology has finally enabled them to become wholly artificial, genderless, and disencumbered of all inherited cultural and biological limitations. They have no inkling of where the indulgence of this fantasy will deliver them. For the artificiality they seek is itself a phantasm, an ego ideal constructed by gnawing self-hatred. The dream of the “post-human” can only yield a succession of ever-less-than-human until it finally reveals itself to be a death wish.

Culture Will Be Phallocratic or Not at All

My ambition is to fully exploit the rhetorical devices of poststructuralism–invariably employed in the promotion of queer theory, feminism, multiculturalism and related liberal intellectual excrescences–to reveal and demolish the sentimental moralizing on which these positions covertly rely. Postructuralism has copped a bad reputation because of its all-too-close association with these perverse liberal projects. But in every instance these resentful attempts to subvert the authority of the phallus unwittingly demonstrate its indispensability. Liberal naiveté consists in the assumption that the revelation that “normative” categories and practices rest on unequal power distribution fatally undermines them. I overturn this assumption. Given that no civilization worthy of the name has ever existed exist without the unequal, phallocratically administered distribution of power, “oppressive” norms and hierarchies prove to be fundamental. What should concern us as a culture is not the various phony phobias hurled at critics of liberal “diversity” (homophobia, transphobia, etc.) but the naturalization of the prissy phallophobia that threatens to reduce what remains of Western culture to a pile of malformed shit.