What does geography have to do with race, sexuality, and gender? If you guessed "absolutely nothing," then you are correct! But don't tell that to two feminist geographers who recently began encouraging others in their field not to cite the work of white male experts.
I know we do this a lot here at TruthRevolt, but let's play the "Imagine for One Second If They Had Said That About Women" game. Can you even fathom how quickly these people would lose their jobs? The Washington Times has the details:
Writing in “Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography,” Carrie Mott and Daniel Cockayne argue that considering an author’s gender, race or sexuality prior to citation can be an effective “feminist and anti-racist technology of resistance that demonstrates engagement with those authors and voices we want to carry forward.”
The authors point out that whether an academic’s research is cited by his peers has significant implications for promotion, tenure and influence. Therefore, to cite only white men “does a disservice to researchers and writers who are othered by white heteromasculinism.”
The authors define “white heteromasculinism” as “an intersectional system of oppression describing on-going processes that bolster the status of those who are white, male, able-bodied, economically privileged, heterosexual, and cisgendered.”
Academics should practice “conscientious engagement” when citing research, the feminists assert, “as a way to self-consciously draw attention to those whose work is being reproduced.”
Why does every single subject area have to have a feminist line of thought? Their article is titled, "Citation matters: mobilizing the politics of citation toward a practice of ‘conscientious engagement.'" But why is there a "politics of citation" anyway? Why can't women strive to publish amazing works? Why can't they simply strive for higher heights instead of attempting to drag men down?
Mott helpfully explains: “When it is predominantly white, heteronormative males who are cited, this means that the views and knowledge that are represented do not reflect the experience of people from other backgrounds,” she said. “When scholars continue to cite only white men on a given topic, they ignore the broader diversity of voices and researchers that are also doing important work on that topic.”
So, let's flip that coin. If a black transgender man talks about geography, is he going to represent white women? What if a gender-fluid white woman doesn't represent black men? You can see that it is absolutely ridiculous to hope that anyone can fully inhabit another person's realm or space. But you can dare to hope that geography is researched well and accurate. What part of accuracy offends feminists?
It's a question that answers itself.
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