SJWs have just discovered something no one knew before, namely that sexual discrimination affects a black woman differently than it does a white woman, and racial discrimination affects a black man differently than it does a black woman. Now whodathunkit?
But the insight doesn’t stop there. Now let sex and race be intersected in turn by ethnicity, religion, political persuasion, sexual orientation, gender identity, sizeism, lookism, rural or urban, right or left-handedness … And why stop at bivalence? Where you sit on the social pecking order, and how you’re treated there, depends not only on how fat you are, but on how how fat you are. Now whodathunkit?
Each of us is a collection of a nigh-infinite set of properties. And the social sciences are tasked with picking out those regularities that are relevant for prediction and control. Just how fine-grained do we need our social sciences to be? As fine-grained as required for that prediction and control. If you’re a hundred pounds overweight you’ll be disadvantaged on the dating market. But if you’re five hundred pounds overweight you can’t be accommodated in a single airplane seat. Now whodathunkit?
This is how a banality can be turned into a best-seller. Marketers know the hoi polloi don’t bother to think before they buy. So all they have to do is dress it up as something new, deep, and insightful.
Well then, my turn. Sometimes freedom is more of a burden than a blessing. I think I should write a book about that. Jean Paul Sartre already did, you say? Damn those Continental philosophers!