This paper was shared with me by Club Platypus visitor Simon Stiel. It explores the idea of a “high tech” method that would make people attracted to people they are not currently attracted to. High tech could mean a pill, shot, brain surgery, or genetic manipulation. Why do this? The paper reads, “my case for attraction-expanding technology is grounded in individuals’ prudential interests, as well as in the impartial, moral reasons that we have to fight appearance-based discrimination.” It is forced social justice.
If you don’t find black people attractive, if you don’t find trans people attractive, take a pill, or have an operation that changes your natural inclinations to inclinations that fit into the social justice realm of acceptable attraction. It is the Incel (involuntary celibates) point of view as well as the social justice point of view. If you are ugly, or transgender, or black, and some people just don’t want to pick you, then they can take a pill that will make them want to pick you. Their high tech solution will fix your discrimination.
Of course they don’t see that you could also make this go the other way…feeling attracted to the same gender (i.e. you are gay) then take a pill and you won’t be anymore, you will be attractive to women. etc.
It won’t happen in a free society.
The question came up, what if people want to take this pill?
Right now, people are free to choose who they are attracted to. They want a drug to change that. Such a drug is designed to take away the individual’s power to choose because, as quoted from the paper above, they think it is wrong for people to not be attracted to transgender people or people of different skin colors.
You aren’t attracted to transgender people = you are a vile and wicked person + you should be a good person + here’s a pill to fix you + but I don’t want to be attracted to transgender people = here’s a court order saying you must take this pill because you are not legally allowed to discriminate = Aldous Huxley.
Relationships most often start as situationships. You are in proximity with another person. Sometimes the attraction isn’t there at first, but as time goes by it is. The idea of fireworks and soulmates is a hoax. There is no single soulmate for you. You should be a very sad person indeed if you think that out of all the people on the planet there is only one single person you could be friends with, fall in love with, and spend your life with.
Much of how attraction is viewed is a result of modern life rather than what actually is or has to be. The concept of romantic love has taken over. Fact is, put a 40 year old man and a 20 year old woman on an island and they are going to form a relationship and fall in love. Absent their ship wrecked circumstances she would likely never give him the time of day but after a year of him and her alone, him working to take care of her, her caring for him as well, the relationship will form.
What the paper is saying is that they want a high tech way to create that island and that year of relationship forming work. Take a pill, find love, take a pill, find the ugly attractive, the old attractive, the black, the white, the woman with a penis, find them all attractive and you will be in social bliss.
You can be with anyone you want now, without a pill.
A person can be what they want to be. They can learn the behaviors and the brain adapts. If a man wanted to have sex with another man, they could. One does not need a pill to do it. For many, the only pill they need right now is a few beers and the right level of privacy.
Dig deeper between the lines of this paper and you find the truth of it, “By taking AET, you would benefit those who are marginalized by societal beauty standards. In much of the world, beauty standards that favour whiteness, thinness, and gender-normativity prevail. AET would directly reduce the romantic discrimination felt by those whose bodies do not fit these narrow and oppressive standards of beauty.”