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Challenges to Facist Identity and Facial Identification


Annex B of Facism as Superficial Intercultural Extremism: burkha, toplessness, sunglasses, beards, and flu masks (2009)


Introduction
Possible covert agendas of facism: encoding the Great Games
Mono-sensorial vs poly-sensorial identity
Discrimination against the sight-challenged
Discrimination against the facially-challenged
Discrimination against the traumatized
Mistakenly inferred identity
Premature closure regarding the meaning of identity
Problematic history of dress codes
fundamental, enduring cultural values
Quantitative measures of appropriate exposure

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Introduction

The arguments in the main paper (Facism as Superficial Intercultural Extremism: burkha, toplessness, sunglasses, beards, and flu masks, 2009) question capacity to associate identity meaningfully with the face -- effectively assuming the validity of its projection onto an essentially flat surface, as with any photograph. They also call attention to the dimensional complexity within which identity might fruitfully be assumed to dwell, the biases through which engaging with it might then be understood, and the dangers of oversimplification in collapsing such complexity to preclude continuing dialogue about the challenge it represents. These arguments alone justify reference to facism as "superficial intercultural extremism" -- or as "cognitive fascism".

Other factors also merit consideration.

" -- or as "cognitive fascism".

Other factors also merit consideration.