Because academia couldn't prove itself any more absurd...
Two feminist geography professors (and what geography has to do with feminism is beyond us) recently penned an academic article claiming that scholarly citations lend themselves to "white heteromasculinity." Campus Reform reports:
The authors say that “white men tend to be cited in much higher numbers than people from other backgrounds,” but dismiss the idea that this is due to the relative preponderance of white male geographers.
In a recent academic journal article, two feminist professors claim that citing sources in scholarly articles contributes to “white heteromasculinity.”
Rutgers University professor Carrie Mott and University of Waterloo professor Daniel Cockayne advance the claim in an article published last month in the Feminist Journal of Geography, but also suggest that citation can serve as “a feminist and anti-racist technology of resistance” if references are chosen with the explicit intent of promoting “those authors and voices we want to carry forward.”
Mott and Cockayne say citation practices are an issue of scholarly concern because whether a professor's work is cited by other scholars has strong implications for hiring, promotion, tenure, and how “certain voices are represented over others” in academia.
“To cite only white men…or to only cite established scholars…does a disservice to researchers and writers who are othered by white heteromasculinism,” they argue, defining “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.”
[...] Mott, one of the co-authors, told Campus Reform that she and Cockayne were inspired to write about citation practices after observing that “white men tend to be cited in much higher numbers than people from other backgrounds,” explaining that “we started looking into research that had been done in other fields about similar topics, and wanted to write something specifically for Geographers to think about the relationship between knowledge production and identity.”
According to Mott, women and minorities “have contributed a lot to Geographic research,” but those contributions have largely been overlooked by other researchers, which not only hinders the professional advancement of individual scholars, but also denies the benefit that their diverse perspectives might offer to the discipline.
"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," Mott stated.
Is it any wonder Millennials merely hear the words, "Western civilization," and immediately go into a tailspin, ranting and raving about "fascism" and "supremacism?" They are, by and large, grotesquely ignorant before embarking on their college careers and emerge from higher education even more misguided based on the warped teachings of gender- and race-obsessed indoctrinators masquerading as professors.