Friday, July 14, 2017

- Disavow Your "Intelligence" Privilege

In Academic work, a citation is a kind of meaningful deference. It's a recognition that the point made in the scholarly piece is worthy enough for inclusion in an additional topic on another point. It 'completes an important part of a total picture' is what it implies even if it isn't specifically saying that.

The hard sciences have been fairly resistant to Social Justice Anti-logic. 2+2 = 4 no matter how oppressed you feel about it. But that doesn't mean that social justice imbeciles aren't working hard from the edges to make the oppression of the plus sign (or whatever) apparent to everyone.

In this context, social justice is really just an excuse for fifth rate academics to complain that they are seen as third or fourth rate. First rate goes to the people everyone knows and who occasionally get notoriety outside academia. There are never many of those. But in the hard sciences second rate academics do real work too, it's just not as well known, groundbreaking, or popular as the first rate stuff.

Third and fourth rate academics do nothing, but at least they don't make real science harder. And Social justice academics actively work to undermine the cis-academic privilege of everyone else by point to everything that isn't them, and claiming it's a part of an oppressive system to keep people who are like them down. They are basically claiming that we should all abandon the concept of scientific truth and replace it with 'fairness', which in this case means awarding them specifically, more recognition.

Hence this woman who is as intelligent as she is attractive. check out this nonsensical word salad that was seriously offered as scholarship:

An increasing amount of scholarship in critical, feminist, and anti-racist geographies has recently focused self-reflexively on the topics of exclusion and discrimination within the discipline itself. In this article we contribute to this literature by considering citation as a problematic technology that contributes to the reproduction of the white heteromasculinity of geographical thought and scholarship, despite advances toward more inclusivity in the discipline in recent decades. Yet we also suggest, against citation counting and other related neoliberal technologies that imprecisely approximate measures of impact, influence, and academic excellence, citation thought conscientiously can also be a feminist and anti-racist technology of resistance that demonstrates engagement with those authors and voices we want to carry forward. We argue for a conscientious engagement with the politics of citation as a geographical practice that is mindful of how citational practices can be a tool for either the reification of, or resistance to, unethical hierarchies of knowledge production.

"Unethical hierarchies of knowledge production." What can any rational person say about a bit of delusion like that? It's beyond parody.

1 comment:

bobby said...

TL:DR version of her screed:

Only cite to womyn authors.