A degree of shame as academics fall for grievance studies hoax

A degree of shame as academics fall for grievance studies hoax, by Ean Higgins.

Academics James Lindsay, Helen Pluckrose and Peter Boghossian have a whopping great laugh when one after another respected refereed journals agreed to publish their blatant hoax papers on what they call “grievance studies”.

There’s a video on YouTube in which the trio meet and split their sides as Lindsay reads out an email from the managing editor of Gender, Place & Culture. The editor proudly tells them their fake paper written under a false name, arguing how in dog-walking parks “dog humping incidents can be taken as evidence of rape culture”, had been recommended for publication and honoured as excellent scholarship. …

The paper was one of seven Lindsay, Boghossian and Pluckrose had accepted for publication in academic journals in an 18-month project.

Others included an investi­gation into how “transhysteria” means men rarely insert objects into their bottoms, another into “fat bodybuilding” and one titled ‘Our Struggle is My Struggle: Solidarity Feminism as an Intersectional Reply to Neoliberal and Choice Feminism’. The latter rewrote chapter 12 of Hitler’s Mein Kampf “with buzzwords switched in”.

The studies were variously praised by academic reviewers as “a rich and exciting contribution to the study of … the intersection between masculinity and anality”, “excellent and very timely” and — in the case of Mein Kampf — offering “important dialogue for social workers and feminist scholars”. …

The three academics who perpetrated the hoax, who call themselves left-leaning liberals, expect reprisals.

There you go. The left loves the spirit of Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

More detail here and here.

hat-tip Stephen Neil, Matthew