Only identity politics could turn a virus that disproportionately attacks and kills males into a women’s problem.
Mehreen Faruqi, Australian politician, Greens Senator for New South Wales, and identity politician stood up before that nation’s legislative body and asked her colleagues to consider the impact that coronavirus is having on women specifically, and that resources be dedicated to that cause.
“Let us not forget that COVID-19 is a gendered crisis. Nurses, nurse aids, teachers, child care workers and early childhood educators, age care workers and cleaners, are mostly women. They are on the front line of this public health crisis, and carry a disproportionate risk to being exposed to the virus.”
This despite the fact that the majority of the fatalities due to the COVID-19 coronavirus—70 percent—have been men.
There’s no doubt that many women go into the caregiving professions, from medicine to teaching to tending to the elderly. Men are typically the ones who go into coal mining, military service, and hard labour. Yet we do not consider the dangers of those professions to be gendered dangers, simply because the casualties are male. So, too, should this coronavirus pandemic not be considered a gendered contagion.
The UN has declared that this international pandemic, which is sparing no nation, and is a threat to humanity. This is now time to put aside differences, concerns over identity, and realize that the fate of humanity is more important than squabbling over who gets what and why. There is no time for this. The efforts to spare our populations from this contagion will take all of us doing what we are able to do, without gripes about the unfairness of it.
During the wartime crises of the last century, every individual was called upon to rise to the challenge of being their best selves, doing what they were able, despite how little or how much their neighbours were doing. That’s where we are now, and what we’re facing.
The coronavirus pandemic has exposed this kind of nonsense for what it is—identity politics is indeed dangerous and counterproductive. Let’s use this time of isolation and reflection to rid ourselves of this ideological pathogen once and for all.