I think deconstruction is necessary because the existing categories DON’T fit. Bits do, bits don’t. From a far off zoom, maybe it *seems to* fit, just like so many movies *seem to* fit the monomyth.
but you can find enough distinction in all cases to find what’s unique and doesn’t fit at all, especially if a classification is weaponized in some way to your detriment.
Metaphor: All categories of people are keys.
Functionally, all keys open doors.
Do all keys open all doors?
If not, maybe you can subcategorize keys into subcultures.
GREAT! All car keys are alike!
Are they? Open my door. Start my car.
ok, it was a spur of the moment metaphor and doesn’t cover intersectionality just the generic dangers of view everything from a far away zoom… and then trying to apply lessons learned to reality and finding out at a closer zoom, the lessons learned don’t work at all.
I’ve been fighting group classifications for a long time too. I’ve learned to accept certain ones, on my terms, or as a defensive measure. [I’m a libtard? ok. I’m a libtard. Now what?] – and it puts the ball back in their sports analogy playspace.
Fear is a powerful and potentially useful impetus / internal drive source for change and if you are deconstructing the ways in which we categorize people into groups while in conversations with people, you are not only making positive use of that fear/outwardly-pushing defensive posture energy, but you are TEACHING others while learning more yourself.
Categories are shortcuts. The Left. The Right. Liberal. Soyboy. Nazi. Racist. Whatever. Speeds up conversation and sure it has a place sometimes when all conversants understand the limitations of categories of people.
But what’s sad – and MADDENING even – is when these basic “personality sorting” labels are given “DNA”, fabled genetic origin, used for “You Are Outgroup” purposes — AND not unironically either.
Ironic use? Sure, ’tis jokes.
Unironically? Well when faced with THAT, deconstruction is perhaps the BEST defense as you are taking apart the puzzle pieces in their hands and putting then back together in a cohesive way that not only is more precise and accurately reflects reality as you know it, but you are POTENTIALLY improving the other’s knowledge, even if they never give you the satisfaction of letting you know they’ve learned something significant from you.
… ok, you got my babble on. Thank you for this space.
if productive fear, continue.
if caustic fear, deconstruct or accept with productive vengance towards the unlearned.