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Put some ice on that: Feds spend $413,000 to fund U. of Oregon study of “feminist glaciology”

March 8, 2016

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Sexist glaciers: just the tip of the misogynist iceberg


The National Science Foundation has spent $412,930 to fund a study that produced this research paper: “Glaciers, Gender, and Science: A Feminist Glaciology Framework for Global Environmental Change Research.”

Really! Click the links if you don’t believe me!

That $413,000 of your tax dollars paid for this groundbreaking scientific conclusion:

“Ice is not just ice.”

And that’s just the tip of this iceberg of a paper, published in January 2016 in the journal Progress in Human Geography. The 10,417-word paper also contains some dazzling samples of postmodernist gobbledygook, such as:

“Feminist and postcolonial theories enrich and complement each other by showing how gender and colonialism are co-constituted, as well as how both women and indigenous peoples have been marginalized historically (Schnabel, 2014). Feminist glaciology builds from feminist postcolonial science studies, analyzing not only gender dynamics and situated knowledges, but also alternative knowledges and folk glaciologies that are generally marginalized through colonialism, imperialism, inequality, unequal power relations, patriarchy, and the domination of Western science (Harding, 2009).”


“‘Jaclyn found a report that noted how women are more vulnerable to glacier changes and hazards than are men,’ said Carey, associate dean of the Clark Honors College and a professor of history and environmental studies. “I had never researched these gendered vulnerabilities.’

“That report linked flooding from a glacial lake with an increase of sexually transmitted infections in women.”

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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