Authoritah June 21, 2013Posted by FCM in meta, radical concepts.
Tags: divine right, natural authority, south park
from now on, i shall use the completely made-up (and hilarious) word “authoritah” when referring to what is commonly known as “authority” such as with authority figures, academics, and professionals — in other words, patriarchal authority, especially as awarded to or embodied by men over any and all issues. the divine (or whatever) authority of women over issues of sex, reproduction and childrearing and everything related to that shall henceforth be referred to as “authority.” because that is frankly the *only* correct use of the word.
[T]he term authority is often used interchangeably with power. However, their meanings differ: while power is defined as “the ability to influence somebody to do something that he/she would not have done”, authority refers to a claim of legitimacy, the justification and right to exercise that power. For example, while a mob has the power to punish a criminal, for example by lynching, people who believe in the rule of law consider that only a court of law has the authority to punish a criminal.
thanks for making that distinction, diki! i found the distinction of power versus legitimacy/justification/right to exercise it most useful. for example, men and their (patriarchal) institutions may have granted themselves various “authorities” by which they clearly mean power without regard to the legitimacy/justification/right of males to exercise that power, especially around issues of sex, reproduction and childrearing. sure they “claim” legitimacy (and “claiming” it is built into the definition according to wiki i mean diki) but lets assume they mean a founded claim rather than “either a founded or unfounded” claim even though they dont say that.
and there is not, in fact, any founded legitimacy, justification or right of males to control sex, reproduction and childrearing since it is females who are impregnated, gestate and birth immature humans, not males. and since men are notably and demonstrably necrophilic and that interest is in obvious and direct conflict with the others; and where men certainly dont participate in childrearing in any legitimate or necessary way and even if they did, it would not change or influence the fact that they are not impregnated and dont gestate and birth them. therefore, male control over these issues — including both written and unwritten rules such as social customs, religious tenets and medical and legal standards applied under circumstances of sex, reproduction and childrearing — shall henceforth be referred to as “authoritah.”
now, from the dicktionary:
n pl -ties
1. the power or right to control, judge, or prohibit the actions of others
2. (often plural) a person or group of people having this power, such as a government, police force, etc.
3. a position that commands such a power or right (often in the phrase in authority)
4. such a power or right delegated, esp from one person to another; authorization; she has his authority
5. the ability to influence or control others; a man of authority
6. an expert or an authoritative written work in a particular field; he is an authority on Ming china
7. evidence or testimony; we have it on his authority that she is dead
8. confidence resulting from great expertise; the violinist lacked authority in his cadenza
9. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (capital when part of a name) a public board or corporation exercising governmental authority in administering some enterprise; Independent Broadcasting Authority
10. (Law) Law
a. a judicial decision, statute, or rule of law that establishes a principle; precedent
b. legal permission granted to a person to perform a specified act
[from French autorité, from Latin auctōritas, from auctor author]
where “power” and the legitimate right to exercise it are apparently interchangeable or where no distinction is made, it would appear to me that only nature has authority over anything. nature has the power to “control, judge or prohibit the actions of” animals and humans, such as when its raining so hard you literally cant see so you cant go outside. this might last for a few minutes at most at a time, but it is *power* is it not? cause and (natural, necessary) effect. i especially love it when this happens when im driving, whereby my decision to go out in the rain is adjudicated by natural authority (or just “authority” without a qualifier) to have been poor or even quite poor.
now, its worth mentioning that womens behavior is often controlled and modified by men in a less direct or obviously direct way, where we do or dont do something in order to avoid various negative outcomes including male attention and male violence, or we try to avoid it. like acting feminine (male-pleasing) or not-going-out-at-night, that kind of thing. interestingly, even when used to mean the ability to “influence” others this does not seem to apply to the behavior modifications performed by women in response to men where women are Others, not “others” which means a completely different thing. so in this case, men influence/control womens behavior by authoritah only. not authority.
and of course, sex, reproduction and childrearing — issues over which only women and nature have either the power or a legitimate claim to control and which men obviously do not — includes issues directly and indirectly related to that such as population (overpopulation); environmental concerns and activism; rape and sexualized violence; and that kind of thing. all male customs/controls surrounding these issues shall therefore be known as “authoritah.”
now a challenge: name something that *isnt* at least tangentially related to sex, reproduction and childrearing. can you do it? if there is anything that is not at least tangentially related to these things, and for now thats a big IF since i cant immediately even think of anything thats not, men can try to claim a right AND THEN FOUND IT to exercise power in those areas, and those areas only. it is those areas where the possibility of shared “human” authority (or no authority, if none can be founded by either women or men) may be explored; these areas and discussion/decisionmaking/execution related to these areas (if such an area is found to exist) shall henceforth be named “politics.”
note that there is *no* area in which males have a legitimate claim to exclusive power since there is nothing men can experience that women cant, except being the bringers of necrophilia and extreme violence globally. (and ejaculation! — see above re: sex, reproduction and childrearing). mens necrophilia and extreme violence, obviously, being issues over which women also have legitimate authority and men dont, or where men have “authoritah” only.
and now a video illustrating the concept of authoritah, and how it is demonstrably different from authority. and why “authoritah” — a made-up, hilarious word is actually the right word for “males exercising power and control over issues of sex, reproduction and childrearing” which power is also made-up and hilarious although “hilarious” more in the sense of being “a screaming farce” and “uproarious stories” than of actually being funny, or haha-funny.
notably, if i started using “authority” correctly on this blog or anywhere, it would be largely unintelligible and i would seem to not know the meaning of the word. that is all.
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