To make fun of anyone who is fat, or even to point out that someone is overweight, is now considered a cardinal sin. (Even though it actually encourage people to lose weight and be healthier.)
But we have even less control over our intelligence than we do over our weight. So why isn't stupidity-shaming a thing?
One would think, given the alacrity with which the Left has pounced on almost every other form of "discrimination" they can think of, that they would find fault with those who judge others by their IQs.
After all, if anybody breathes a word of the IQ gap between the races, it's pretty much curtains for that person's career.
But, it's generally open season on whites who achieve prominence, if they say anything dumb, unless it's in the service of progressivism.
When you think about it, much of what the media is attempting to do in criticizing Trump is to stupidity-shame. Along with all of the attacks on his character, they try to make him appear dumb to boot. (Occasionally, with his help, they succeed.)
But isn't discriminating against those with less gray matter the ultimate form of discrimination? Our brains make us who we are, and what we are. Every word that comes out of our mouths, every witticism we come up with, every thought we have, is a function of our brains.
How well our brains function seems to be a matter of size, how many folds it has, how well the synapses fire off, and how many glial cells we have. And we certainly have less control over those things than we do over our food intake. Or exercise.
You'll sometimes hear people say, "I'm going to run three miles today, then I'm going to hit the gym for some incline press and pull-ups."
But you'll never hear anyone say, "I'm going to give my cerebellum a good workout today, and after that I'm going to work on my occipital and parietal lobes. Oh, and then the frontal lobe -- I'm a bit weak on ethics."
The reason you never hear anyone say that is because it would be absolutely ridiculous. You can't make your cerebellum any better functioning. You've got what you've got, and you're stuck with it.
But still, why hasn't pretending that all brains deserve equal respect become a cause celebre among the Left?
Might that conflict with the fact that intellectual snobbery is the media's favorite form of preening?
They do like to think of themselves as "enlightened," and conservatives as obtuse.
But imagine if stupidity-shaming were a thing, like fat-shaming.
Colleges would be one of the first targets. Why do they let in some students but not others? Why is it that every spring high school seniors across the nation must undergo such an orgy of stupidity-shaming? (Granted, there are other factors in admission beside IQ, but that is still theoretically the most important factor.)
The Educational Testing Service is an even worse malefactor, since SAT scores are really about nothing but stupidity-shaming. (The correlation between IQ and SAT scores is .9.)
And whenever anyone ever disparages someone's logic or memory or grasp of abstract reasoning, well, he's the one who should be ashamed -- of stupidity-shaming.
If stupidity-shaming actually became a thing, some interesting tactics would develop. Just as, despite the current frowning upon fat-shaming, everybody knows that nobody wants to be fat, so would everyone know that no one wants to be thought stupid. So, people might call to task those who criticized their enemies, pointing out that they were stupidity-shaming.
It'd just be a roundabout way of calling the opposition stupid.
For the same reason, no one would ever accuse others of doing this to their own side.
I'm certain guilty of this theoretical sin, in fact much of this blog is devoted to it.
Just, please, don't accuse anyone else of doing it to me.