I admire your courage and your choice to pursue honesty, regardless of the costs. I read The Rape Campus Frenzy recently, and it shed a lot of light on the appalling witch hunt that is occurring on campuses. I had started reading absolutely nonsensical articles that were deemed publishable because they contain the write buzzwords: “queer theory,” “gender studies,” “patriarchy,” etc. I was appalled that The Huffington Post published an editorial titled “Could It Be Time To Deny White Men The Franchise?,” and then retracted it only because the author’s identity was at issue (while defending the editorials’ flagrant sexism and racism as “standard feminist theory”). And articles such as “Unhappy Confessions: The Temptation of Admitting to White Privilege” (2016), by Claire A. Lockard, a PhD student at Loyola University. Here is the abstract, explaining how admitting priviliged status is supposedly itself an act of racism(!!!):
Admissions of white privilege and/or racism are common among white anti-racists and others who want to combat their racism. In this article, I argue that because such admissions are conscious attempts to address unconscious habits, they are unhappy speech acts and contrary to their implied aims. Admissions of white privilege or racism can be conceptualized as Foucauldian confessions that are pleasurable to enact but ultimately reinforce white people’s feelings of goodness and allow them to avoid addressing this racism. I ground my argument in Shannon
Sullivan’s analysis of white privilege and Sara Ahmed’s critique of confessions of racism/privilege to show that in addition to doing no anti-racist work at the moment of saying, these confessions actually reify white privilege deeper into the unconscious and make it harder to address. Sullivan’s work, I conclude, offers white people a more productive way forward than their unhappy performative declarations of privilege. A white person’s understanding of her confessing habit cannot break this habit, but it might orient her toward examining what sorts of antiracist moves do work.
Or another example of purported research, titled “Glaciers, gender, and science: A feminist glaciology framework for global environmental change research” (2016), supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Here is the abstract:
Glaciers are key icons of climate change and global environmental change. However, the relationships among gender, science, and glaciers — particularly related to epistemological questions about the production of
glaciological knowledge — remain understudied. This paper thus proposes a feminist glaciology framework with four key components: 1) knowledge producers; (2) gendered science and knowledge; (3) systems of
scientific domination; and (4) alternative representations of glaciers. Merging feminist postcolonial science studies and feminist political ecology, the feminist glaciology framework generates robust analysis of gender,
power, and epistemologies in dynamic social-ecological systems, thereby leading to more just and equitable science and human-ice interactions
I have come across dozens of these kinds of examples of sophistry, actually supported by grant money that could be used for something responsible and meaningful.
But The Campus Rape Frenzy opened my eyes and I don’t recommend it for anyone who isn’t willing to confront the current victimization of male students on campuses honestly. The book does not consist of bald assertions and prejudices. It is based on interviews with the people who knowingly destroy the lives of innocent students by branding them as rapists, although they know the accused are innocent. They even admit to it proudly in the book.