A prediction made several months ago was the purity shaming and virtue authority enjoyed as a means of social control would push too insistently, and the social justice needs of gender, race, economics, and The Science would bring together a resistance emboldened to ridicule these presumptuous social causes out of frustration and necessity.
When a social agenda is reliant on purity shaming and virtue authority, the balance between righteous cause and outright name calling is easy to tip. It’s too comfortable, the initial lack of resistance to self-decreed righteousness.
In popular conversation, one voice is emboldened by popular hesitance not to offend, and one voice is emboldened by “That’s enough, no more.” Once a united voice for “enough” comes together, any opportunity for social control through purity shaming and virtue authority is gone for good.
The prediction from months ago is best represented by the flood of memes mocking gender, race, economics, and The Science social agendas, and it’s further reinforced by how immediately and enthusiasticly these memes are shared, and it’s entirely lithified by the ease of supportive public conversation among those who find relief in shared “That’s enough, no more.”
So there’s where we are now. When society is pushed, society pushes back.