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Social science on the perilous whiteness of pumpkins


Yes, now for something completely ridiculous: From Margaret Wente at Canada’s Globe and Mail:

I learned about the true meaning of the pumpkin-spiced latte in a scholarly paper, called The Perilous Whiteness of Pumpkins. It was peer-reviewed and published in a genuine academic journal. Lisa Jordan Powell, its lead author, is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of British Columbia. “Starbucks PSLs are products of coffee shop culture, with its gendered and racial codes,” it warns. They make up just one part of the “pumpkin entertainment complex, whose multiple manifestations continue the entanglements of pumpkins, social capital, race, and place.”

Ms. Powell (who did not respond to an offer to comment on her paper) is merely one of countless academics toiling in the fertile field of race and gender studies. I don’t mean to pick on her in particular. Like everybody else, she must publish or perish. They churn out this stuff like Halloween candy. We pay for it.

Vast tracts of the social sciences have gone insane. If you doubt it, I urge you to check out New Real Peer Review, a Twitter feed whose purpose is to expose the absurdity of what passes for scholarly research. It’s run by a small team of anonymous academics who fear their careers will suffer if people know who they are. They have no shortage of material. Their greatest hit to date is a piece claiming that glaciology – the study of glaciers – is misogynist, and that we need to “feminize” it. (Some people thought that paper was a hoax, but sadly it was not.)More.

From O’Leary for News Well, if you guys wanna pay for this kind of “science,” you go ahead. I am investing in pumpkin futures.

It’s a good thing the world no longer has problems.

See also: Objectivity is sexist. (So, we suspect, is homework.)


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Princeton ? For crying out loud ! I believe I read that Harvard's gone the way of Moloch or some such, too, though I can't remember the issue. Axel
as to: "Their greatest hit to date is a piece claiming that glaciology – the study of glaciers – is misogynist, and that we need to “feminize” it. (Some people thought that paper was a hoax, but sadly it was not.)" Yep, unfortunately it is not a hoax in the least, and sanitizing our culture of any trace of masculinity is apparently what's next on the liberal agenda (I would say radical left agenda but apparently now the new liberal has become what was, a short time ago, considered the radical left).
School adopts gender-neutral homecoming court, so there might be no ‘king’ or ‘queen’ “It is really not our job, especially with a gender-neutral and transgender population at B-CC, to tell people that boys have to be kings and girls have to be queens. Who are we to put people into those categories?” https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/school-adopts-gender-neutral-homecoming-court-so-there-might-be-no-king-or-queen/2016/09/27/e7275404-83f0-11e6-92c2-14b64f3d453f_story.html Only the kindergartners and first graders in Miraloma will using gender-neutral bathrooms this school year. The other grade levels will see their gendered bathrooms eliminated over the next few years. http://ijr.com/2015/09/412286-gender-neutral-bathrooms-san-fran/ “Don’t use phrases such as ‘boys and girls,’ ‘you guys,’ ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention,” reads a handout from the Lincoln Public Schools that was given to teachers. The handout was part of an effort to educate teachers and administrators about transgender issues, educators told the Lincoln Journal Star. “The agenda we’re promoting is to help all kids succeed,” Brenda Leggiardo the district's coordinator of social workers and counselors told the newspaper. “We have kids who come to us with a whole variety of circumstances, and we need to equitably serve all kids.” So instead of asking boys and girls to line up as boys or girls, teachers have been encouraged to segregate the children by whether they prefer skateboards or bikes, or whether they like milk or juice. “Always ask yourself, ‘Will this configuration create a gendered space?’” the handout stated. http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/10/09/gender-inclusive-school-district-says-drop-boys-and-girls-call-kids-purple.html Princeton University is telling faculty and staff to avoid using the word “man” and other male-leaning language. Princeton’s Human Resources and Office of Communications issued a four-page memo filled with examples of preferable, gender-neutral terminology that must now be used in official school documents. http://insider.foxnews.com/2016/08/19/princeton-stop-using-words-and-phrases-syllable-man etc.. etc.. etc..
I vote that we should pass a law forcing all these liberal elites, who live in white towers, to take a shot of testosterone every morning and watch John Wayne movies before teaching their classes on utopian gender neutral societies. :)
John Wayne- Thug Life https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeOWZLpVK58
Conver-WHATZZ? But remember, the significant thing is that the public funds it and people get degrees in it. That is not harmless News
I wonder what conversations will look like if these braindead snowflakes get their way. Vy

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