To the Left, everything — absolutely everything — must be subordinate to the Narrative. Truth, tradition, facts, common sense — all must be jettisoned if they threaten to break the spell of today’s Wormtongues. In academia, the social sciences have long since bent the knee. Even the ‘hard sciences’ aren’t immune:
Academics and scholars must be mindful about using research done by only straight, white men, according to two scientists who argued that it oppresses diverse voices and bolsters the status of already privileged and established white male scholars.
Geographers Carrie Mott and Daniel Cockayne argued in a recent paper that doing so also perpetuates what they call “white heteromasculinism,” which they defined as a “system of oppression” that benefits only those who are “white, male, able-bodied, economically privileged, heterosexual, and cisgendered.” (Cisgendered describes people whose gender identity matches their birth sex.)
Mott, a professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and Cockayne, who teaches at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, argued that scholars or researchers disproportionately cite the work of white men, thereby unfairly adding credence to the body of knowledge they offer while ignoring the voices of other groups, like women and black male academics. Although citation seems like a mundane practice, the feminist professors argue that citing someone’s work has implications on his or her ability to be hired, get promoted and obtain tenured status, among others.
And in a sane world, citing someone’s work because of their position in the victimization hierarchy instead of the quality of the work itself would ALSO have implications on hiring, promotion and tenure for those who engage in such practices. In fact, in a sane world, one’s first question after reading the passage above should be “what does any of this have to do with geography… the complainants’ professed profession?” Is it possible a couple special snowflakes have found real geography work too tedious or difficult, and have decided this is the best way to make names for themselves? Academic citations are now a “system of oppression?” This is just the latest example of why our entire higher education system needs to be plowed under and started anew, with an emphasis on facts and results. Oh, wait… that’s oppressive, too…
We simply do not live in a sane world, as I’ve shown in an earlier Saturday Sounds post that strikes just a little too close to home these days. Every week seems to see new heights to the insanity that’s been unleashed.
On a related note, my family will no longer watch the long-running BBC series “Dr. Who.” We’ve enjoyed several seasons of the “new Who” these past years, but even from the beginning there were clear hints this popular sci-fi series was being used as a vehicle for certain agendas. Once the series’ arch enemy “The Master” was transformed into “Missy” (an obvious trial balloon), I told the Musketeers’ Mom if they did the same for the Doctor, we were done. They did, and we are.
“Social Justice Warriors” ruin everything they touch, from entertainment to engineering. Maybe after all the castles in the air they’ve built for themselves come crashing down as reality inevitably reasserts itself, we can get back to the work of restoring Western Civilization.