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Today In Expressive Individualism

1.) Meet Britain’s first transgender Muslim:

2.) Jack Hunter abandoned his wife and sent her an email telling her he is getting a divorce:

3.) In Sweden, feminists enter no-go zones to protest “man dominance.”

4.) According to Daily Dot, the hottest new porn genre is men giving birth:

5.) #NeverAskAWoman is trending on Twitter.

What is expressive individualism? It is the ethos of what used to be known as the counter-culture. Now it is synonymous with “mainstream” culture. I’ve written about it before:

“The newer form of individualism, which Bellah and his colleagues called “expressive individualism,” germinated in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and flowered in the second half of the twentieth. It is a view of life that emphasizes the development of one’s sense of self, the pursuit of emotional satisfaction, and the expression of one’s feelings. Until the past half century, individuals moved through a series of roles (student, spouse, parent, housewife or breadwinner) in away that seemed more or less natural. Choices were constrained. In mill towns, two or three generations o kind might work at the same factory. Getting married was the only acceptable way to have children, except perhaps among the poor. Young people often chose their spouses from among a pool of acquaintances in their neighborhood, church, or school.. But now you can’t get a job in the factory where your father and grandfather worked because overseas competition has forced it to close, so you must choose another career. You get little help from relatives in finding a partner, so you sign on to an internet dating service and review hundreds of personal profiles. As other lifestyles become more acceptable, you must choose whether to get married and whether to have children. You develop your own sense of self by continually examining your situation, reflecting on it, and deciding whether to alter your behavior as a result. People pay attention to their experiences and make changes in their lives if they are not satisfied. They want to continue to grow and change throughout adulthood.

This kind of expressive individualism has flourished as prosperity has given more Americans the time and money to develop their senses of self – to cultivate their own emotional gardens, as it were. It suggests a view of intimate partnerships as continually changing as the partners’ inner selves develop.” …”

At the time, I cited Bruce Jenner’s interview in which he described Bruce as a lie and “Her” as his true self as a classic statement of expressive individualism.

“It encourages people to view the success of their partnerships in individualistic terms. And it suggests that commitments to spouses and partners are personal choices that can be, and perhaps should be, ended if they become unsatisfying.

The World Values Surveys asked about expressive individualism using a cluster of questions that contrast “survival versus self expression” values. The answers to these questions suggest that the level of expressive individualism among Americans is high but not out of line for a wealthy Western nation, a little below that in Sweden and the Netherlands, comparable to the levels in Norway and West Germany, and greater than in Britain, Canada, or France. One question in this cluster asked people to place themselves on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 means that they think the actions they take have no real effect on what happens to them (which indicates survival values) and 10 means they think they have completely free choice ad control over their lives (self-expression values). More Americans placed themselves at the free choice end than did people in any other Western country, but some of the other countries were close: 82 percent of Americans chose, 7,8,9, or 10, compared to 77 percent of Canadians, 74 percent of Swedes, and 73 percent of Germans.

The cultural model of individualism, then, holds that self-development and personal satisfaction are the key rewards of an intimate partnership. Your partnership must provide you with the opportunity to develop your sense of who you are and to express that sense through your relations with your partner. If it does not, then you should end it.

Cohabiting relationships, especially those without children, come closest to this kind of partnership. They are held together solely by the voluntary commitments of the partners, and should either party become dissatisfied with the relationship, it is expected that she or he will end it. The rise of cohabitation reflects the growing influence of the cultural model of individualism on personal and family life. Living together provides a way of obtaining the emotional rewards of a partnership while minimizing the commitment to it.

Even among married couples, we have seen the rise of what Barbara Whitehead calls “expressive divorce.” Beginning in the 1960s people began to judge the success of their marriages not by their material standard of living or how well they raised children but rather by whether they felt their personal needs were being fulfilled. They turned inward and examined whether their marriages restricted their personal development. They were more likely to turn to psychotherapists for help in seeking out the causes of their unhappiness with their marriages. And if they perceived that their marriages were personally unfulfilling, they considered leaving. According to this logic, if a person finds that he or she has changed since marriage in a direction different from the one his or her spouse has taken, then that person is justified in leaving the marriage in order to express this newer, fuller sense of self. It’s too bad, the feeling goes, especially if the couple is raising children, but to stay in a marriage that constrains the partners’ sense of who they are would be worse.

Concerning family life, then, the cultural model of individualism in the United States today emphasizes these elements:

– One’s primary obligation is to oneself rather than to one’s partner and children.

– Individuals must make choices over the life course about the kinds of intimate lives they wish to lead.

– A variety of living arrangements are acceptable.

– People who are personally dissatisfied with their marriages and other intimate partnerships are justified in ending them.

As a twenty-first century individual, you must choose your style of personal life. You are allowed to – in fact, you are almost required to – continually monitor your sense of self and to look inward to see how well your inner life fits with your married (or cohabiting life). If the fit deteriorates, you are almost required to leave. For according to the cultural model of individualism, a relationship that no longer fits your needs is inauthentic and hollow. It limits the personal rewards that you, and perhaps your partner, can achieve. In this event, a breakup is unfortunate, but you will, and must, move on.”

6.) This is how you get someone like Rachel Dolezal:

7.) Time magazine on how Santa Claus is in a gay interracial relationship:

It’s depressing enough that when you read stories like this day after day about our cultural degeneracy you can begin to understand why Rod Dreher wrote The Benedict Option.

  • Albionic American

    John Stuart Mill apparently started this idea in his famous tract, On Liberty (1859), with his defense of “experiments of living”:

    https://www.utilitarianism.com/ol/three.html

  • Para State

    This is what happens when the left takes over or institutionalizes a pseudo-scienes like psychology. All of these cases are mental, all of them should get a legal guardian if not heavy medication to just turn them into vegetables so the rest of society doesn’t have to deal with their shit. But instead you send boys to therapie cause they fight or make guns out of sticks.

    PS: i have no idea who Jack Hunter is.

    • Mary-Margaret O’Clare

      He’s a libertarian, used to work for Ron Paul. Washington c-list, at best.

    • Johnny Fash

      Jack Hunter used to be a Southern Secessionist who called himself “The Southern Avenger.” Now he mostly disavows his past and speaks out against “racism.” He’s a cuck.

  • Palnatoke

    I get the impression that MSM deliberately seek to bring forward mentally twisted people of all kinds. And I do believe there are many more of these than their used to be. Statistics show that mental illness is sharply on the rise in the western world.

    • Adolphin ++

      Ooooh, so progressive.

    • Alex Harris

      “Statistics show that mental illness is sharply on the rise in the western world.”

      Read “The Textbook On (((Russian))) Psychopolitics” available on The Lawful Path website or Solar General website.

  • angrywhiteman

    All I got out of that interview with the guy from Kid’n’Play was she got a forehead enlargement, she doubles down on her black face act continuously, she can’t get a job because she’s too stupid, she thinks she can become a credible black person by explaining away that she is not a white chick that lied about her race to go to an all black school, and the rest of us who don’t buy her bullshit aren’t progressive (which is a fantastic definition of progressive – “buys the bullshit”). However, I did love the part where the guy points out that when the cops show up she can become white again.

  • Ike35

    Time Magazine! Worthless fuckin degenerate rag that thankfully is in real bad shape financially. You’d like to think that this will push more normies to our side because, god damn, a gay Santa who’s buggering a black guy?! There is no end with these culture wreckers and that’s why we have to push back and normies have to realize that it never ends and you won’t be left alone.

    • Alex Harris

      First step is to start “being offended” when people denigrate or pervert our culture. Raise a stink. And if you are in some kind of group/social setting, you should attempt to expel, exclude, force out, embarrass, or belittle the offender, rather than excusing yourself or retreating. Particularly, make a show of this behavior in front of other Whites.

      • Ike35

        Sound advice. I completely agree.

  • Ike35

    And Frankly, seeing as how Santa is Odin, yeah don’t imagine Odin is in to that kinda thing.

  • tic

    The tranny muzzy story is old by internet standards. Here’s a 2013 article about him http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/04/lucy-vallender-uk-transgender-muslim-woman-territorial-army_n_3868479.html
    Some choice lols:
    “Her local mosque in Swindon, Wiltshire, barred her from praying with the women…”
    “She converted to Islam last September, explaining that she had thought about it for a while and finally ‘did it because it is a nice religion — so peaceful.’ ”
    “…is now married to a Muslim man, Murad, whom she met on an online dating site. Though he did not know that she was trans at the time of their wedding, she commented, ‘he must have suspected it as he’s seen my scars.’ She’s only seen him twice since the wedding…”

  • M. Calhoun

    Swiss Psychologist Carl Jung warned about lack of connection to ancestors leading to psychosis and death. White people are conditioned from birth not to take pride in their own race and cultures. So later they either numb the psyche in substance abuse or unconsciously seek to fulfill their sick soul’s need through cultural appropriation of the more media pushed PC–society–African/Latino pop cultures.

  • Vlad le Putin

    I miss the days the mentally ill would be instituted so they could get the help they need