To purpose of the recent Wave feminist, and the discourse on the male left, and after talking with several people, I came to the following hypothesis:
- The traditional discourse of the left on morality is a discourse of transgression. Face the moral conservative and traditionalist, what was seen was appropriate to denigrate and break the moral. And this led, in general, to a speech in which he criticized in general the moral and the approach moral in general (all of this was a ‘fable’, ‘pechoñería’ etc). The cultural heroes of the left were those who were beyond the influence of morality ‘bourgeois’, ‘conservative’ etc, and what showed up on the assault in front of her. In the limit, forbidden to forbid.
- The feminist discourse of the past few years, and that shows in the recent wave, it is a discourse intensely moral. In front of the conservative moral what it does is to propose another moral: In other words, is to establish new rules and new prohibitions. Some time in this blog, we did the observation that moral discourse had passed from one focused on virtue to one based on the consent (link here) -where the difference between what is moral and what is not moral is centered on the notion that everything that is consensual is good, and everything that is not consented to is incorrect (and the limit of the moral subject is the limit of who may or may not consent). Moreover, it can be seen that it is a morality that emphasizes an ideal of autonomy (where the whole irruption external should be, in principle, justified, can not irrumpirse no more on the life of another).
- Then, the traditional discourse of the left is in contradiction with that transformation. His speech, which was the one that seemed to be ‘liberal’ and ‘progressive’ left -then – trapped next to your hated conservatism as resistance to a new moral fact.
This is not the first time, in any case, that a speech of angry ‘liberal’ (which criticizes traditional morality) is contradicted by a new moral discourse (which sees to that old speech of transgression as an advocate of something that is seen as immoral). It is well known that the enlightened EIGHTEENTH century was far more ‘relaxed’ that the revolutionaries who followed them.
Ultimately, the whole moral transformation -and it is to this that we met – can only be developed through a moment of high moral concern, and search, and rejection of what is now seen as immoral. Just as well what before was seen as not representing a lack, or being a lack of lesser value, may happen to be observed to a lack of moral important. The christians did not change the moral discourse of the antiquity without a rejection is abrupt and very deep in the pagan discourses (to levels that the christians in future centuries observed as exaggerated). This is how they operate moral discourses.