Epistemic exploitation

I learned a new term today: epistemic exploitation.”

Epistemic exploitation is the unconscionable request of a privileged person that a self-identified victim person identify, y’know, like evidence or something for his/her/zir/zee/etc. lurid accusations and ipse dixits.

Andrew Sullivan, God bless him, commits epistemic exploitation against his fellow victim persons of alternate sexuality,* including (by implication) Pete Buttigieg, by asking for any evidence that Mike Pence is a homophobe.

No mere hand-waving now: where’s the beef?

* Yes, Sully is both victim (alternate sexuality) and privileged (pale penis person).

April 19, 2019


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