Feminist academic journals: naive and gullible

This is the story of a hoax article that was submitted to a feminist academic journal. The article had passed the peer review process as well; it was written by a certain Helen Wilson. The feminists couldn’t realise what was going on, and it took a writer from the Wall Street Journal to outlay the truth:

The existence of a monthly journal focused on “feminist geography” is a sign of something gone awry in academia. The journal in question—Gender, Place & Culture—published a paper online in May whose author claimed to have spent a year observing canine sexual misconduct in Portland, Ore., parks.

The author admits that “my own anthropocentric frame” makes it difficult to judge animal consent. Still, the paper claims dog parks are “petri dishes for canine ‘rape culture’ ” and issues “a call for awareness into the different ways dogs are treated on the basis of their gender and queering behaviors, and the chronic and perennial rape emergency [that] dog parks pose to female dogs.”…

My email to “Helen Wilson” was answered by James Lindsay, a math doctorate and one of the real co-authors of the dog-park study. Gender, Place & Culture had been duped, he admitted.

I also found the original academic article in question, and read through it online; I couldn’t believe that the feminists accepted paragraphs like this:

Human companions took active roles in intervening in incidents between dogs, providing an avenue for insight into the gendered status of the a-/moral paradox in human interpretations of domesticated canine behavior. Humans made some attempt to intervene in dog fights 99% of the time, by raising voice(s) (91%), attempting to physically intervene (19%), and other behaviors (29%) including shocking dogs who wore electric dog collars, swinging leashes, pulling out food, blowing horns, and in rare cases singing at the dogs or (once) doing jumping jacks next to the dogs, presumably as a distraction.

Singing and doing jumping jacks? Hilarious! When will feminists learn?

Quote source

Melchior, J.K. (2018). Fake News Comes to Academia: How three scholars gulled academic journals to publish hoax papers on ‘grievance studies.’ Wall Street Journal. Available https://www.wsj.com/articles/fake-news-comes-to-academia-1538520950. Last acccessed 11th Oct 2018.


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