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Anissimov supports anti-gay crusader Somerville? July 18, 2011

Posted by Summerspeaker in Queer politics, Transhumanism.

I’m not completely sure what’s going on here, but I think it’s a joke. Anissimov just made a post rather at odds with previously expressed views that approvingly cities an article by Margaret Somerville. While (sarcastic?) Anissimov and Somerville make solid points against the transhumanist project, the latter’s idealization of nature (a most dubious concept) betrays eir straight supremacy. That conservatism scares me more than Yudkowsky’s quest to construct the perfect machine god. It’s damn telling Somerville both worries about transhumanism and travels the the globe to stop queers from getting hitched. Ey does it, of course, for the children. The marriage issue is an assimilationist nightmare, sure, but arguing against it on the grounds of sacredness of the traditional nuclear family involves some industrial-strength oppression. The people currently coded as kids deserve liberation, not subjugation by mommies and daddies who share their genes. I pray gay marriage proves to be as much of a threat to the family as Somerville believes. As Firestone writes, hierarchy begins in the home and revolution will require completely reimagining kinship.



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