90 Miles From Tyranny : Scholars reveal political corruption in academia through hoax papers; blows PC push by universities to smithereens

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Scholars reveal political corruption in academia through hoax papers; blows PC push by universities to smithereens

  • Three scholars handed in hoax papers at leading social science journals to reveal corruption in the humanities.
  • One of the papers accepted by Gender, Place & Culture argued that dog parks were “rape-condoning spaces.”
  • The authors of the project said they could face some sort of repercussion including getting fired, not getting accepted for a doctoral program or not receiving professorships.

Three scholars handed in hoax papers — with topics from rape culture in dog parks to making astronomy less sexist — at leading social science journals over the course of a year to show corruption in the humanities.

Mathematician James Lindsay, Areo Magazine editor Helen Pluckrose and Portland State University assistant philosophy professor Peter Boghossian wrote and submitted 20 papers under aliases to social science journals like Gender, Place & Culture, Fat Studies and Sexuality & Culture. Seven of the 20 papers were accepted, four of which were published online and three “have been accepted without having had time to see publication through,” the trio wrote in an Areo Magazine essay on Tuesday.

Lindsay, Pluckrose and Boghossian embarked on the project to show the reality of “grievance studies,” a term the researchers coined for academic fields like “gender studies,” “identity studies” and “critical theory.” Grievance studies tend to focus on finding identity-related oppression and power imbalances, according to the essay’s authors.

“Scholarship based less upon finding truth and more upon attending to social grievances has become firmly established, if not fully dominant, within these fields, and their scholars increasingly bully students, administrators, and other departments into adhering to their worldview,” the authors of the essay wrote.

One paper argued that dog parks were “rape-condoning spaces,” that “provides insight into training men out of the sexual violence and bigotry to which they are prone,” according to the paper’s thesis.

The study was originally published May 22 in Gender, Place & Culture, but was retracted by Thursday after finding out the identity of the person was false.

“Following an investigation into this paper, triggered by the Publisher and Editor shortly after publication, we have undertaken a number of checks to confirm the author’s identity,” Taylor & Francis Online, the journal’s publisher, wrote Thursday. “These checks have shown this to be a hoax paper, submitted under false pretences, and as such we are retracting it from the scholarly record.”

The essay’s authors said Gender, Place & Culture had recognized the paper as one of 12 leading pieces in “feminist geography” for the journal’s 25th anniversary.

Another study, accepted by the feminist journal Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, rewrote a feminist version of part of chapter 12 of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

“This is an interesting paper seeking to further the aims of inclusive feminism by attending to the issue of allyship/solidarity,” one of the reviews from Affilia had reportedly written, according to...

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