This article "Games Master Manipulators Play" showed up in my feed today and I thought it would be interesting to examine from the role of gender ideology.
Paramoralisms, as defined by Polish psychiatrist Andrew M Lobaczewski are:
statements cloaked in morality (or in made-up, moral-sounding verbiage) that seek to mislead, assign guilt or blame, or otherwise manipulate the targeted person(s).
Lobaczewski originated that term in his book, Political Ponerology: A Science of the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes, which exposes the pathological nature of those who lead and support totalitarian and authoritarian regimes. (paraphrase from article)
The article primarily uses examples from the author's experiences in a private religious school, however many of us have experienced similar with gender ideology cultures:
Another of their draconian requirements was that students must tattle on each other. If I became aware that another student had violated some rule or requirement, I was obligated to report that student to the administration for discipline. If I failed to do so, I was subject to receiving the same punishment as that student. To further encourage and motivate students to comply with this, the school told us that snitching was actually an act of kindness and concern for the wayward student’s salvation. Only by turning in that student could we assure that, with proper discipline, he or she would return to the paths of righteousness. In true Orwellian fashion, the school essentially preached that “Cruelty Is Kindness.”
This made me think of "call out" culture - which is made to appear righteous while in practice acting like a bully.
Since the school’s policies were based on Biblical principles, any breaking of rules amounted to a sin. This cultivated a culture of fearful, even paranoid obedience. There were always a few clandestine rebels like myself, however. Many got expelled.
Or cancelled or shunned or lost friends...
I particularly appreciated this quote at the end:
The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. - Philip K. Dick