No Minister

No Parody. Only Truth

I’m not on Twitter. Even when it was just starting years ago it gave off the sort of vibe that attracts people who love amphetamines.

Since then it’s become possibly the most toxic social media site there is. Tumblr comes close but it seems more personally insane than political, although my kids argue that it has unleashed more cultural trends, ones that were previously hidden away.

But if there’s one person on Twitter that’s worth following it’s this one: Titania McGrath.

What we call “illness” is a social construct, defined negatively against its antithesis “wellness”. Society, in other words, has created the category of “illness” as a means to impose power on those who do not subscribe to cultural norms of what it means to be “well”. Health” and “wellness” are mere taxonomies of privilege, inculcated by the hegemonic and oppressive discourses of “medical science”. Referring to someone as “well” or “ill”, “healthy” or “unhealthy”, is simply the medicalisation of human diversity.

For this, Twitter banned Titania. But only for a day or so. Zer 500k+ followers made themselves known to Twitter management and Ze was reinstated to continue her explorations of the fine line between insanity and genius.

The hierarchical dichotomy of “well” and “ill” are co-constituting, each one creating the other through a process of performativity. Moreover, science is an irredeemably white, patriarchal, cisnormative fiction that exists only to disempower marginalised identities.

Just as heterosexism posits the supremacy of heterosexuality to queerness, healthism situates wellness as the default experience of humanity in order to stigmatise illness as inherently deviant. These assumptions deny the performative nature of illness and wellness towards a neoliberal goal: individual autonomy as a means to secure labour (i.e., a “healthy workforce”) for the benefit of the capitalist system.

Titania is actually the creation of a comedian, Andrew Doyle. She’s not a real person.

But she could so easily be.

Written by Tom Hunter

August 24, 2020 at 7:00 am

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  1. And for even more context Doyle is gay and left wing, so a real “the Emperor has no clothes” insight from within that part of the Identity Politics spectrum. And of course, there are attempts to de-platform him. See Youtube for interviews with the guy, who is very amusing and insightful. A comedian playing the vital court jester’s role.

    Kimbo

    August 24, 2020 at 8:28 am

    • He is worth listening to or reading, even in his real persona. He is on spiked and occasionally Unheard. Both are websites that we don’t have here in NZ as they aren’t into identity politics.

      Chris Morris

      August 24, 2020 at 9:21 am

  2. It’s a good indicator of the current state of the social sciences that it’s impossible to tell whether or not this is satire without knowing who Titania McGrath is.

    Psycho Milt

    August 24, 2020 at 10:28 am

    • You are right PM. If one didn’t know the background and look carefully for the punchline, then one would take “her” as just another overwoke trustifarian. And it is uncanny how much Titania looks like Ms Long-Bailey (or Wrong Daily as the satirical press had her) who was one of the British Labour Leadership contenders.

      Chris Morris

      August 24, 2020 at 11:16 am

  3. a neoliberal goal: individual autonomy as a means to secure labour (i.e., a “healthy workforce”) for the benefit of the capitalist system.

    I swear that Gustavo Frink or Anne Tiffa have said something very close to this.

    Tom Hunter

    August 24, 2020 at 10:39 am


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