Death to All Authority Includes Parents and Scientists September 4, 2012Posted by Summerspeaker in Ageism, Anarchism, Queer politics, Transhumanism.
This recent post and comment thread on cryonics over at Dale’s blog starkly illustrates how invested queer and feminist academics can be in disciplinary credentials, respectability, seriousness, and ageism. Molecular biologist Athena Andreadis positions eirself as an expert capable dispensing truth and dispelling the myths of the frozen-head cult. Tellingly, ey denigrates eir transhumanist opponents by invoking the universally idealized yet despised figure of the child. According to both Dale and Athena, being a kid precludes one from a seat at the table of rationality. For example, Athena has “little stomach for watching adults pee themselves in public and proudly point at the stain” and no desire “to arm-wrestle with a tantrumizing five-year old.” Read through Shulamith Firestone’s lucid critique of childhood as a category of systematic oppression, such rhetoric amounts to hate speech. In practice I struggle alongside folks with politics akin to Dale’s – and worse – on a regular basis, but my brand of queer anarchism rejects the pernicious hierarchies they support. Our dreams are ultimately incompatible. Scholars may not be the wisest target at these stage of the game – though they are one of my favorites, given my position in the Imperial Academy – but we’ll have to come for them sooner or later.