May 16, 2020
This is a mask, not a flag! CULTURAL WARS around Covid-19 are shameful

This is a mask, not a flag! CULTURAL WARS around Covid-19 are shameful

Obviously, whether you wear a mask is not just a reaction to the coronavirus, but a visible statement about your personality and your politics.

Some argue that wearing one distinguishes you from indifferent men obsessed with their masculinity. Others insist that wearing a mask is a symbol of morality cowardice,

One of the most remarkable features of the politicization of identity is that it can turn the most banal human actions, such as wearing masks, into a political problem. Those same people who are used to worrying about abortion or same-sex marriage are now channeling their energy into throwing violence at those who are on the opposite side of the mask debate.

According to a publication in Scientific American magazine, some men are worried that when they wear a mask they look weak, and their self-esteem is more important for their“How to demonstrate responsible behavior.”

Others condemn the fact that supposedly, “A face without a mask has become a substitute for masculinity”In their eyes, a face without a mask serves as a marker of racial and gender prejudice. They argue that racial assumptions about Asian countries – where wearing masks is normal – underlies anti-mask behavior “A certain subset of mostly white, conservative men.”

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There are those who believe that “Wearing a mask for smug liberals,” till “Rejection of recklessness Republicans“. The fact that political polarization corresponds to wearing a mask is especially striking in the United States, where a survey shows that Democrats are 20 percent more likely than Republicans (75 percent versus 53 percent) to wear masks the public,

Can you say so what? Who cares? Identity politics advocates do this because they have turned contrasting looks to hide wearing, into a political issue.

The fact that wearing a mask has become a hot spot in cultural wars indicates the degradation of political life in Western societies. The passions that were once dedicated to transforming the world or transforming society are now focused on petty quarrels about what it means to wear a mask. One of the unfortunate accomplishments of an identity policy is that it makes it impossible to hold an adult discussion about what constitutes a threat to all of humanity.

In this polarized environment, it is impossible to accept disagreement. However, there is no scientific consensus on the value of wearing a mask. Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, numerous expert organizations have offered conflicting recommendations on whether the mask can protect against contamination. Therefore, it is understandable that some decided to wear a mask, while others decided not to.

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I don’t wear a mask because I consider it unnecessary, but if scientists convince me that it will protect my health, I will immediately take a piece of cloth and glue it around my mouth.

Unfortunately, instead of continuing to live and accept the fact that people behave differently in the face of a health hazard, too many are determined to politicize relationships.

One way to understand the current contradictions associated with wearing masks is through cultural theory cognition, This theory suggests that when people are faced with a contentious issue, they will interpret it according to the meanings that define their cultural identities, This is why those who are against the right to bear arms or hate skeptics of global warming are more likely to get their mask, while those who hold opposing beliefs are less likely to wear it.

A herd-like response triggered by an identity policy makes it difficult to reasonably discuss how society should respond to a pandemic.

I have no problems with controversy and disputes without rules. Public life benefits from a clash of opinions. Unfortunately, society rarely learns from childhood contradictions provoked by obsessions. Such obsessions often associate themselves with the most trivial problems, such as body image, fat shame, colorism, or eating meat. The mask debate is just the latest example of a debate we can do without.

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