Gender Studies Bollocks

Gender Studies Bollocks

If you are willing to pay the fees to “graduate” in gender studies, women’s studies or one of the similar non-subjects you must either have wealthy parents or be very dumb.

Universities that offer these crap “degrees” are now exuding a cult of hate, ignorance, and pseudo-philosophy. Postmodernism is the unquestioned dogma of the literary “intellectual” class and the art establishment. It has taken over most of the humanities and most of the social sciences, and is even making inroads in science, technology, engineering, and the mathematics (STEM) fields. It is dissolving our intellectual traditions into a salmagundi of political slogans and empty verbiage.

The postmodern “academics” claim that their “scholarship” may seem incomprehensible, but this is because they are like mathematicians or physicists in that they express profound truths in a way that cannot be understood without study and training. This is bullshit, postmodernists have no expertise and no profound understanding.

There are literally thousands of examples of the stupidity of these people and this week it has been revealed that three concerned (genuine) academics1 have managed to have published several intentionally absurd papers in leading scholarly journals. They used ficticious authors and credentials and in getting these papers published demonstrated the gullibility of these so-called authorative journals in these fields of “study”.

The spoof papers passed the highest level of critical assessment in leading peer-reviewed journals for gender studies and related fields. The publishing journals included; Gender, Place & Culture, Hypatia, Fat Studies, Journal of Poetry Therapy, Sexuality & Culture and other similar purveyors of drivel.

Here are the abstracts of a couple of the papers:

Human reactions to rape culture and queer performativity at urban dog parks in Portland, Oregon Helen Wilson Portland Ungendering Research Initiative (PUR Initiative), Portland, OR, USA

ABSTRACT This article addresses questions in human geography and the geographies of sexuality by drawing upon one year of embedded in situ observations of dogs and their human companions at three public dog parks in Portland, Oregon. The purpose of this research is to uncover emerging themes in human and canine interactive behavioural patterns in urban dog parks to better understand human moral decision- making in public spaces and uncover bias and emergent assumptions around gender, race, and sexuality. Specifically, and in order of priority, I examine the following questions: (1) How do human companions manage, contribute, and respond to violence in dogs? (2) What issues surround queer performativity and human reaction to homosexual sex between and among dogs? and (3) Do dogs suffer oppression based upon (perceived) gender? It concludes by applying Black feminist criminology categories through which my observations can be understood and by inferring from lessons relevant to human and dog interactions to suggest practical applications that disrupts hegemonic masculinities and improves access to emancipatory spaces. (Full paper here).

An Ethnography of Breastaurant Masculinity: Themes of Objectification, Sexual Conquest, Male Control, and Masculine Toughness in a Sexually Objectifying Restaurant Richard Baldwin Department of History, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 US-98, Panama City, FL 32401, USA

ABSTRACT The present study is based on a 2-year participant-observer ethnography of a group of men in a Breastaurant to characterize the unique masculinity features that environment evokes. Currently, whereas some research examines sexually objectifying restaurant environments regarding their impacts upon women in those spaces, no known scholarly attention has been given to men and masculinities in these environments. Through thematic analysis of table dialogue supplemented by brief unstructured interviews, I identify four major and one minor theme of Breastaurant masculinity as distinctive to that environment. These include sexual objectification, sexual conquest, male control of women, masculine toughness, and (as a minor theme) rationalizations for why men frequent Breastaurants. Following recent trends in masculinities research, my study interprets the Breastaurant as a type of male preserve that erects a local pastiche hegemony in which these themes gain protected status. It also theorizes that the unique interactive environment of the Breastaurant between (mostly) male patrons and attractive female servers who provide heterosexual aesthetic labour to the patrons, primarily in the form of ersatz sexual availability, produces these masculinity features. Given their current rapid expansion and popularity within masculine subcultures, the Breastaurant therefore becomes an important site for critical masculinities research. Practice implications are discussed for management and counselling professionals who aim to improve outcomes in social and professional situations for both women and men. (Full paper here).

Many more examples of the spoof crap that gets published by these journals can be found here.

1James Lindsay (@ConceptualJames), Peter Boghossian (@peterboghossian) and Helen Pluckrose (@HPluckrose).

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