an example of “weaponized identity politics” i…

an example of “weaponized identity politics” is stating that people should support a woman who oversaw a cia torture program because it will address the cia’s gender problem and help women’s empowerment.

when used correctly, identity politics can acknowledge historical inequities that exist between different identities and critique systems of oppression. however, ignoring someone’s actions and politics in order to cynically weaponize their identity is just another attempt to maintain the status quo whilst pretending to care about representation.

celebrating gina haspel as a feminist icon requires dismissing and dehumanizing yet again the people who were systematically tortured by the cia.