Washington State University is currently offering a class on how Western science is impacted by “socially constructed” categories such as gender, sexuality, and nationality.
“Women’s Studies 220: Gender, Culture, and Science,” is a sophomore-level class taught this semester by Jenifer Barclay, an assistant professor in the school’s Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies.
In a copy of the syllabus obtained by Campus Reform, Barclay frames Western science as “socially constructed,” asking “How objective is objectivity? Who determines ‘the facts’ and what social, cultural, economic, and political forces influence those who do?”
The syllabus then goes on to inquire, “Are fields like science, technology, engineering and medicine always completely objective and free of any kind of bias?”
To answer that question, Barclay pledges to map the “rise of Western science and the ways that ideas about gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and nationality shape(d) the production of knowledge…and many other seemingly ‘objective’ topics.”
Though the class has three seemingly separate learning objectives, all three of the goals ultimately circle back to how scientific knowledge is “constructed” or “produced.”
For example, one learning goal explains that by learning about the “construction of scientific knowledge, [this class] encourages students to think critically about the importance of contextualization and the meaning of ‘objectivity.’”
Students will also learn “how gender, race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality [have] influenced the production of scientific knowledge in different historical eras and what the concrete consequences of this trajectory are,” the syllabus adds.
Have We Reached Peak SJW Yet? It’s hard to imagine we haven’t, but life is full of surprises.
Stacy has one of his weekly anti-feminist rants. I kind of let them go by because, well, they just don’t move me that much, but in the middle of this one I found:
Good Freaking Grief! Fritz notes that this woman is, well, scientifically speaking bat shit crazy
Permit me to speak on behalf of the Sane Community in declaring that the person asking this question is deranged, demented, delusional, bonkers, wacky, off her rocker, and cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.
In short, she is crazy, and it is a waste of time to offer rational arguments in reply to craziness. We do a disservice to the mentally ill when we act as if their delusions deserve to be taken seriously, except as symptoms of their psychiatric pathology, yet this questioner on Quora received a serious reply from Anna Hardin, who recently received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Minnesota:
Because science is just a set of methods we use to observe and report what is happening around us, scientists will not replace the theory of evolution unless another theory that better explains the change we observe in living things is better supported by the evidence. Evolution is well supported and has been for almost 200 years of scientific research, so it is unlikely that a better theory can be discovered.
Now science,evolution, math, and everything else is demonized by sme facet of Leftism. Seems everything, except maybe ice cream is EVIL! But give them time and they will get triggered over ice cream too.
Students at Mount Holyoke College are urged to update their copies of the Newspeak Dictionary. The all-women’s school forbids the word “women”:
The Supporting Trans and Non-Binary Students guide was created by officials at the college, which touts its legacy as an all-women’s college, in an effort to promote a “gender neutral” classroom environment.
“When discussing the student body, say ‘Mount Holyoke students’ rather than ‘Mount Holyoke women,’” it instructs professors. “Avoid making statements like ‘We’re all women here…’, or referring to ‘…the two genders…’”
Stupidity, wrapped in ignorance, battered in idiocy and deep fried in boiling hot moron oil!
In a long article adapted from a chapter in his forthcoming book, psychologist David Barash proposes that society should sanction the making of human-chimp hybrids. He refers to this new creature as a “humanzee” and says that “making it would be a terrific idea.”
Barash recognizes some of the scientific challenges to making a humanzee but claims that it is “by no means impossible or even unlikely that a hybrid or a chimera combining a human being and a chimpanzee could be produced in a laboratory. After all, human and chimp (or bonobo) share, by most estimates, roughly 99 percent of their nuclear DNA.”
His main argument for pursuing the creation of a human-chimp hybrid is based on the belief that humans have an unwarranted belief that we are special creatures. As Barash puts it, “Moreover, I propose that the fundamental take-home message of such creation would be to drive a stake into the heart of that destructive disinformation campaign of discontinuity, of human hegemony over all other living things.”
Oh yes, human are really no different from other animals, good freaking grief!
Good Freaking Grief, cue the drama queen music
A UCLA professor told students at the University of California, Berkeley Wednesday night that “racial microaggressions” can be “lethal” because they lead to “racial battle fatigue.”
Dr. Daniel Solorzano, a Sociology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, also declared that racial microaggressions are a tool to “keep those at the racial margins systemically in their place” during his lecture on “Free Speech and Racial Microaggressions.”
Actually, it is the propaganda of the left that seeks to keep “marginalized” groups “in their place”. That place being miserable and feeling like a victim.
Solorzano further asserted during a follow-up interview with Campus Reform that, due to the ubiquity of racism in American society, “the ‘micro’ in microaggressions does not mean ‘less than’ [macroaggressions]. The micro in microaggressions means ‘in the everyday'” [emphasis his].
On several occasions throughout the event, the UCLA professor even went so far as to say that such constant exposure to microaggressions can actually be “lethal” to those on the receiving end of them
I wonder when the left will coin the phrase assault speech?
“The accumulative stress from racial microaggressions produces racial battle fatigue,” declared one slide in the presentation. “The stress of unavoidable front-line racial battles in historically white spaces leave People of Color feeling mentally, emotionally, and physically drained. The stress from racial microaggressions can become lethal when the accumulation of racial psychological symptoms from racial battle fatigue goes untreated or are dismissed completely.”
Such ailments go undiagnosed because they do not exist. They are either figments of imagination or simple propaganda. They are cooked up in demented minds like the one belonging to this professor, or they are an intentional effort to divide people, and sow the seeds of hatred.
Via Moonbattery, who has found the ultimate victim
A London makeup artist of uncertain gender named Umber Ghauri whimpers that he/she/it has piteously crawled to the top of the P.C. caste system by declaring himself/herself/itself to be a “Pakistani Muslim, queer, disabled person”:
I’m not a lesbian, I’m pansexual. I’m not trans in a traditional sense but I have a complex relationship with gender. I’m not disabled visibly or disabled all the time, but I experience disability. I’m not an immigrant but I’m brown.
All this ambiguity positions Umber as even more oppressed than other Persons of Oppressedness. This gives Umber the authority to crybully fellow members of the weirdo community for being ableist:
LGBTQ+ initiatives often have little funding, so step free access can seem like a luxury. But for people who require step free access, it is a necessity. Even if a space has step free access, there may not be accessible transport available – and it doesn’t stop there. LGBTQ+ communities have been built around nightlife and activism, and if you’re disabled, protests, marches, and club nights are not usually accessible. These spaces therefore become, more often than not, disappointingly exclusive.
Then Umber gripes that “women are often excluded from LGBTQ+” spaces. Between that and the remark about not being a lesbian, it appears we can start using female pronouns, despite her “complex relationship with gender.”
Umber says she is also marginalized because she suffers from mental illness. Anyone surprised?
Then she complains that “being disabled means many of us choose to do sex work,” which is insensitively stigmatized. Whether Umber is actually a prostitute or merely identifies with prostitutes for the purpose of whining is unclear.
Good Freaking Grief!