Topic of the Week: If not identity...?
Identity has become a code word for most anarchists. For those who reject it, it connotes people who embrace their victimization. For those who embrace it (or who at least don't reject it), it means the ways that groups of people are linked in how they suffer in this world (and implies solutions to that suffering, as well). The criticisms of identity, like those of the term "p.c.", have also been jumped on by right-wing folks, looking to negate the idea that there is more structural unfairness aimed at some than at others... which puts non-right-wing criticizers of identity in a position where shorthand and jargon do them a disservice.
Aside from avoiding talking about this stuff online, where there will always be someone who is eager to misunderstand or ignore nuance, how can we talk about these topics in interesting and helpful ways? If it's not possible to use this term (and some others along the same lines) in public without being misunderstood (intentionally or not), then are there other words that are still useful? For those who criticize identity, what is a better model to address unfair or inappropriate treatment in this world? Is there a critical, anarchist position beyond or different from Stirner?
Readers be warned: this topic will probably be revisited, since there is so much drama about it, and so many directions to come at it from (what is worth talking about online? what solutions have not yet been tried and why haven't they? how can we have good conversations with people we disagree with? and so much more).