Age discrimination as a transcultural phenomenon needs to become far better understood and especially so considering the huge cost for economies due to structural age discrimination which is just as irrational as other forms of discrimination.
1. Discrimination of Age
Discrimination on the basis of age is considered as socially accepted as once was discrimination of the basis of intimate anatomy, gender or racialization of fellow human beings. Why is this so? The answer is that prejudice is typically considered legitimate until publicly scandalized. Yet public scandalization tends to be insufficient as discrimination typically continues to remain a pervasive behavioral structure even after this type of prejudice has been publicly de-legitimized.
For example is it in many European countries considered worse to accuse someone of anti-Jewish prejudice than actually expressing such prejudice or at least so if expression of such prejudice is discursively veiled to some degree. While few employers in liberal-democratic Europe would dare to overtly express racism against fellow human beings is pervasive discrimination in hiring policies on the basis of structural racialization of human beings the norm in most of Europe. Indeed, all forms of discrimination in hiring policy are hegemonic and normative in Europe in thus seriously hampering those very economies.
What is needed therefore is to train employers in non-discriminatory hiring practicing. It is unfortunately impractical to expect employers to rise beyond socially hegemonic, structural prejudice unless specifically individually trained to do so. Mere condemnation and shaming do not magically make discrimination disappear and that certainly includes age discrimination in hiring policies.
There are essentially in terms of law three types of discrimination; i.e. 1) discrimination that is tolerated under law, 2) discrimination that is proscribed by law and 3) discrimination that is required by law. Age discrimination is found in all three categories. For example is it in Sweden legally permitted to discriminate against left-handed human beings, human beings with unseemly faces without diagnosed pathology, humans with red hair and humans speaking rural (i.e. not ethnically minority) dialects of Swedish as these categories of persons are not protected categories under Sweden’s anti-discrimination legislation. While it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender or gendered sexualiy is it in contrast not illegal to discriminate against fetishists and members of the BDSM community. It is thus perfectly legal in purportedly “progressive” Sweden to fire an employee merely for being part of the BDSM or fetishist communities.
This certainly absurd state of things is due to lack of protection against discrimination generally in either constitutional or international law. What is lacking thus is an international convention against discrimination generally no matter for which shibboleth of discrimination. As there is no protection against discrimination generally irrespective of shibboleth of discrimination in Swedish constitutional law is it therefore impossible to appeal and subsequently legally invalidate discriminatory legislation.
Discrimination on the basis of age being socially accepted to varying degrees is thus no exception to other forms of discrimination which indeed are socially accepted to varying degrees in various human societies. What is therefore needed is protection in international/constitutional law against discrimination generally, including especially against discriminatory legislation that either permits or requires discrimination. For example is it typically considered completely normal to discriminate someone for being “too young” or “too old”. What does this mean? Is it discriminatory to refuse to hire an infant person or a severely senile person? Of course not, it is however discriminatory to refuse to hire someone suitable for a job position due to that person’s chronological age. Swedish legislation thus only protects against discriminatory termination of employment if the human person is below the age of 67. A human person above the age of 67 is thus not protected at all against discriminatory firing policies and irrespectively so on what grounds whether due to age, gender, ethnicity, intimate anatomy and so one.
Age discrimination is thus the social norm not only in Sweden but in many other societies around the world and legislation proscribing some forms of age discrimination are therefore exceptions to the ageist norm, namely that of ageist physionomism.
2. Cost of Discrimination
Employers’ organizations typically complain about what they consider high taxes no matter the level of taxation although it is indeed true that excessive taxes are indeed detrimental to economic growth.
However what they rarely consider is their own contribution to the level of those taxes as discriminated categories of persons no matter how taxonomized and on the basis of what shibboleth of discrimination – have to be financially supported by the government in generous welfare states. Employers’ organizations should rather look at how their members discriminate in hiring/firing policy on the basis of so many shibboleths of discrimination and irrespectively of whether or not those categories of persons are legally protected against discrimination or not.
This means that the government/state as funded through taxation has to pay for the consequences of structural discrimination in hiring/firing policy. Employers thus in effect pay for their own discrimination. Indeed, if they did not discriminate in hiring/firing and through their lobby groups even supporting the continued existence of discriminatory legislation with regard to hiring/firing of persons very much capable of specific usuful labor in employment – would they certainly not to have to pay as high taxes as is currently the case. Employers and employers’ lobby groups thus simply do not understand that they themselves are the very cause of exorbitant taxation and that they therefore need to undergo training in non-discriminatory hiring/firing and start advocating for the abolition and criminalization of all forms of discrimination no matter which shibboleth of discrimination.
Employers’ organizations seeking lower taxation therefore need to support universal emancipation and evidence-based legislation as discrimination specifically and unethical practices generally are simply bad for the business community. Unethical practices such as enslavement, exploitation, torment, incarceration, rape and mass murder of victimized non-human persons simply give the business community a bad reputation and so what is needed is blanket ethics legislation that outlaws unethical practices generally whether in employment, business, marketing, trading or production. In fact, structural discrimination on the basis of chronological age causes more taxation than does any other shibboleth of discrimination.
3. Anthropology of Age
Sexists and inter-human racists infamously confer imaginary group cognitive profiles on presumed collectives of cognitively unique individual persons. Yet the practice of ageists doing the same is considered perfectly normal. Age is typically considered an homogenous concept when in fact there are parallel measurements of age including psychological age, anatomical age, genetic age, sexual age, educational age, mental age, medical age and of course finally the arbitrary chronological age which many assume is the only form of measurement of age.
However the question is why age needs to be measured at all outside of specific context where such specific measurements are strictly relevant? Why is it that the same stereotypical thinking that is considered repugnant with respect to intimate anatomy, gender and racialization are considered legitimate with regard to the arbitrary concept of chronological age? Why is that this very parallel structure is not recognized when it comes to age?
How can it be that truly primitive notions of semiotic contamination which have never been proven to be anything than coincidental correlation have been permitted to perpetuate macabre practices of Eurocentric honor culture where hundreds of thousands of legally mostly innocent persons worldwide have been jailed for years on the basis of usually by normal legal standards individually unproven accusations? And typically so as emotional vengeance on the basis of epistemological privilege such as a psychopathic stepdaughter either wanting to “get rid of” her mother’s boyfriend or her filing an emotionally vengeful police complaint against him after the mother’s boyfriend repeatedly refuses to have sex with her. Why is it that those voicing dissent in this regard will become potentially “suspected” of being being potential or actual sex criminals? Where is the civic courage in this regard? How can it be that a reign of fear has been allowed to overshadow an essential public discussion with respect to the need for evidence-based legislation generally? The Pirate Party movement in Europe informally functions as a forum for those who understand the monumental miscarriage of justice which are the sexual age of consent laws worldwide. Yet, peculiarly enough although this is not exactly a secret has the mass media remained mum even on this point. This very reign of fear has thus continued to silence legitimate public debate in this regard in the mass media even concerning implicitly consensual positions in this respect within the Pirate Party movement.
Why this reign of fear has been perpetuated is thus an essential question indeed that certainly needs not only be answered but indeed more profoundly understood. The psychological mechanisms behind this reign of fear within and beyond open societies thus needs to become much better understood in order to become ultimately unraveled. Would it be undue to compare with the silence in culturally Christian majority society in Nazi-ruled Germany during the 1930s? There are of course important differences between Nazi Germany and contemporary liberal-democratic open societies – but is it possible that this conspiracy of silence is the very same mass psychological mechanism of public fear? Indeed there was long a similar conspiracy of silence with respect to humanist mass crimes against non-human persons as the mass media in open societies would typically not afford space for public debate about those very mass crimes that are still taking place on a gargantuan scale worldwide.
Indeed, there is still a similar conspiracy of silence with regard to LGBTQI issues in many countries around the world. Legislative issues pertaining to intergenerational sexual relations has long split the LGBTQI organized community that is known for harboring much internal intolerance between its constituent subcommunities. There are three streams of thought in this regard in the LGBTQI movement. 1) The first stream knows that there is a mass miscarriage of justice but believes that the time is not yet ready for openly dealing with legislation pertaining to intergenerational sexual relations and so believes that the LGBTQI movement should currently remain officially mum on this issue. 2) The second stream disagrees and believes that the sexual liberation movement should not be limited to sexual emancipation as strictly pertaining to gender alone but should encompass other oppressed, purported minorities of desire, including with respect to intergenerational relations. 3) The third stream believes that the sexual liberation movement should remain limited to gendersexual issues above the local age of consent and tends also to believe the pervasive public libels of scientifically unproven mythological semiotic contamination in Eurocentric honor culture.
There is thus a) a conspiracy of silence as based on a reign of fear, b) quantitatively unproven allegations of mythological semiotic contamination as well as 3) an honor culture as built around this very mythological notion of semiotic contamination. It is not that scientists have not repeatedly tried to purely quantitatively prove this culturally hegemonic myth but rather that such studies have remained unpublished due to the results not at all supporting this hegemonic myth. At one point did the US Congress even issue an official condemnation of the very legitimacy of research on this issue by reference to public morality.
What is needed therefore is not some identity politics of any purported minority of desire but rather more public discussion and more scientific research that crucially need not only be conducted but subsequently published as well. Research must however not be limited to issues of aethiology, the science studying causation as specifically here with regard to the continually unproven claim that illegal normal intergenerational sexual contact causes semiotic contamination as referred to as purported, yet consistently quantitatively scientifically unproven “traumatization” in Eurocentric honor culture. In addition needs there crucially be comparative cross-cultural research on how human social phenomena such as conspiracies of silence, semiotic contamination, honor culture and so on are differently socially constructed in various human cultures on the basis of varying shibboleths of discrimination. The appropriate response to ignorance and prejudice are therefore more research and more knowledge.
4. Teleology of Patriarchy
Patriarchy is the reign of fear, shame and power on the basis of gender and age. The phenomenon of patriarchy cannot truly be understood and therefore also not effectively deliberately unravelled unless it is understood that patriarchy everywhere is founded on the social intersection of the mythological shibboleths of gender and age.
Feminism has thus typically only challenged one of two central aspects of patriarchy which is the gender dimension while almost consistently ignoring the age dimension. This is no doubt due to women exercising privileges of epistemology and power over girls. However, patriarchy will also no doubt remain in place unless the socially constructed age dichotomy of adult/non-adult is challenged no less than the socially constructed gender dichtomy of male/non-male.
It is no secret that humans are born far more helpless than are other major mammals and one important reason for this is the increasing average cranial size in the pre-historical evolution of the homo genus. As cranial size increased did also childbirth take place increasingly earlier and so humans are the only mammals who are all born prematurely as the human mother otherwise would die from too large infant cranial size at the time of childbirth. The functional helplessness of young human children which increasingly lessens with age thus necessitated the emergence of the patriarchal regime. In order to ensure survival of human children until reaching reproductive age at the onset of puberty did a mother typically apparently need the support of a reproductive-age male and she therefore typically provided permanent prostitution services to him as reimbursement for maintaining this socio-economic protection racket. Human culture thus became the social institutionalization of human reproductive prostitution.
Indeed, the socially constructed adult/non-adult dichotomy is an ideological fiction and illusory social construction no less than the socially constructed male/non-male dichotomy. Ending both social fictions is thus essential indeed for ending patriarchy itself. This is not to say that medical facts such as date of birth and various aspects of infant anatomy should not be medically recorded but ought only be strictly used for medical and reproductive purposes. Just as the relevance of intimate anatomy in various social contexts certainly needs to be questioned so does the relevance of measurement of age be questioned in various social contexts no less than the measurement of of human taxa. Turning those perceived or actual measurements of anatomy with their in reality extremely limited functional relevance into shibboleths of discrimination and shibboleths of segregation is therefore entirely unacceptable as expressive of utterly repugnant physionomism.
Even feminism itself has long been defined as the women’s movement, the movement of women rather than the movement of human females, including girls. Feminism has therefore unfortunately long been committed to the perpetuation of adult supremacism whereby rather than aiding young persons to become social rebels, innovators and entrepreneurs rather sadly collaborate in the ideological perpetuation of hierarchic ageism and therefore also the tragic structural repression of infantile polymorphous sexuality under the guise of “childraising”.
Feminism therefore needs to attack age oppression head-on whether social, sexual, ideological, religious or economical age oppression. What is needed therefore is precisely destroying the notion of the semiotically masculine adult subject in favor of a more playful interpretation of life. Femininity is indeed the retention of this playfulness as femininity deconstructs the adult/non-adult dichotomy which turns playful beings into dogmatic machines as programmed for emotional inertia. Femininity is thus opposition to patriarchy and it is rather so called men who need to rediscover that open mindset of playfulness that they abandoned when involuntarily transitioning from boys to men. Young children are all feminine and males tend to lose this femininity through sexist socio-ideological constructions of puberty while females typically lose it only after menopause with the typically significant decrease in heterocultural sexual attractiveness once no longer being fertile.
Feminism therefore needs to work with the LGBTQI movement in socially destroying the physionomistic male/non-male gender dichotomy while at the same time helping build an age-inclusive mass movement against the equally physionomistic and no less unfounded adult/non-adult age dichotomy. Just as the telos of patriarchy is ultimate death by means of turning playful delicate beings into social brutes so needs feminism instead embrace and promote the playful of life, femininity and intimacy.
Both females and males at different ages undergo brutalizing social experiences of structural masculinization whereby they are socially deprived of their native feminine playfulness and instead turned into socially mechanical brutes. Feminism therefore needs to reject and ideologically destroy the brutal societal processes of age-defined masculinization and strive to supplant brutish “masculine” social norms with sophisticated and socially intelligent feminine social norms for human beings generally and entirely so irrespective of pernicious bureaucratic shibboleths of discrimination such as date of birth or intimate anatomy.
5. Spectrum of Desire
19th century taxonomists created the phallocentric pseudo-science known as “sexology” whereby phallic desire/pleasure was privileged as an epistemological locus and “carnal” desire/pleasure in Para-Christian manner discursively separated from other desire/pleasure. Sexologists believed that human beings should be “taxonomized” and indeed naively in accordance with prevailing Victorian sexual hypocrisy of the time was it impossibly assumed that desire/pleasure could somehow conceivably be taxonomically exclusive. These classifications are similar to pigmental taxonomizations of the same historical period as of course both are fundamentally illusory and are as violently Eurocentric social constructions expressive of both social wishes and more or less strong individual tendencies in desire/pleasure despite the fact that it is easy and possible to learn to enjoy, appreciate and desire many forms of sexual practice.
However, sexual taxonomy is not only premised on the discursive privileging of phallus over non-phallus but also on the privileging of the social construction that is “adult desire” over what Sigmund Freud described as infantile polymorphous perversity, that is sexuality as ideologically uncontained by ideological taxonomy, meaning pre-taxonomic sexuality. For some reason did sexologists not even bother to taxonomize pre-pubescent sexualities. This is similar to the heterosexist view according to which lesbian sexualities are purportedly “innocent” and even “mostly non-sexual”. Although no one in psychology actually seriously believes that pre-pubescent persons are devoid of sexuality has it become normative and pervasive indeed in Para-Christian society to socially pretend as if pre-pubescent sexualities somehow implausibly do not even exist (sic!).
The Freudian notion of infantile polymorphous perversion is however problematic in the sense as being socially constructed as a sort of amorphous tabula rasa (Latin meaning “blank slate”) of desire/pleasure without individual differentiation. It is therefore essential to venture into this essential topic. First, most so called “children” are sexually attracted to fellow so called “children” and not only to “children” of the same age bracket but to “children” of other ages as well. In other words did virtually all former children (so called “adults”) grow up as what is indeed pejoratively referred to as so called “pedophiles”. The question therefore that needs to be posed is what happens to this desire once a person undergoes the socially constructed cultural and bodily transformations known as puberty? Does this often same-age desire magically disappear with the onset of puberty? There is of course no basis whatsoever for supporting that assumption and this desire is instead partially reconfigured through socially constructed sexual repression known as “culture” and this pervasive pre-adolescent expression of desire is indeed largely sublimated into intense emotional desire for parenthood.
There is pervasive social attaction, emotional attraction, physical attraction and less openly also sexual attraction involved in cultural practices of what is known as so called “parenthood”. A new human being is produced and conditioned through what is at best forms of enlightened slavery. The notion of this infantile often same-age desire/pleasure being transformed into phallic monstruousity is a pervasive late Victorian fantasy that has retained its spell in contemporary patriarchal (i.e. age-gender based) Eurocentric honor culture. The fact is rather that social, emotional and physical attraction to pre-pubescent human persons is completely openly socially expressed in still distinctly Victorian Eurocentric civilization. This is similar to those human beings who openly adore Kitties and Puppies as “cuties” on social media and elsewhere without ever even needing to fear being sexually taxonomized by anyone.
Just as “legal adults” have more or less strong tendencies in desire/pleasure so have “legal minors” no less. For example, many gay former children report having experienced pervasive “same-sex” orientation in “same-age” desire/pleasure as so called “children”. Indeed, pre-pubescent persons experience intimate desire/pleasure, fall in love, have boyfriends/girlfriends and commonly engage in sexual relations and primarily so with fellow “legal minors” but also commonly initiate, develop and maintain sexual relationships with both – what should perhaps be described as – “legal majors” and non-human persons.
The notion that same-age desire/attraction at the time of puberty is mystically transferred to an imaginary minority of desire/pleasure is not only laughable but importantly also objectively absurd. The hegemonic phallocentric conception of so called “sexuality” as “different” from other forms of desire/pleasure as premised on a patriarchal ideology of ejaculation that discursively subordinates female sexualities and pre-pubescent sexualities is a tragic misconception of White Man that only serves the perpetuation of ideological distortions of desire and pleasure.
The notion of adult “sexuality” (including performative sexological taxonomization of persons) therefore needs to undergo strategic erasure. There is no such thing as “adult sexuality”, it simply does not exist as a natural phenomenon as this is an ideological social construction as premised on masculinist/phallocentric subordination of female sexualites and hypocritically pretending that pre-pubescent sexualities somehow do not even exist in the presumed but not actual absence of ejaculation in pre-pubescent anatomical males.
What is needed therefore is a feminist science of pleasure that does not ideologically privilege ejaculation over other forms of pleasure/desire and does not absurdly discursively separate sexual attraction from social attraction, emotional attraction and physical attraction but rather recognizes and embraces the continuum of attraction as a unified natural phenomenon albeit one that as so many other psychometric properties constitutes a psychological spectrum indeed.
The Eurocentrically hegemonic, patriarchal conception of so called “sexuality” is psychologically violent, socially intrusive and serves to tragically perpetuate the social marginalization of personal expressions of sexualities of women, girls and boys in both discourse and social space. Ideologies of ejaculation whether as taboo sexuality, sexual taxonomization, sexist pornography or the phallogocentric pseudo-science of “sexology” must become comprehensively discredited as pernicious masculinism, sexism, phallocentrism and ageism. Desire/pleasure instead needs to be reappropriated and reconceptualized as an indeterminate locus of emotions and social interaction, indeed a social arena of emotion certainly requiring universal feminist etiquette.