Monday, July 30, 2018

Let Me Sell You a Trans-Brooklyn Bridge

7/25/18 Campus Reform:

  • The author of a viral academic journal article about "dog rape culture" in Portland dog parks appears to have misled the journal about her credentials.
  • Helen Wilson purported to hold a PhD in Feminist Studies, but none of the institutions that offers such a degree could confirm that she had graduated from their program.
  • Wilson also claimed to work with the Portland Ungendering Research Initiative, but the website for PUR first appeared 4 days after she submitted the article, and has only ever featured a disclaimer that it is being "taken down."...
  • Wilson writes that her research involved “nearly 1000 hours of public observations of dogs and their human companions” at three dog parks in Portland, claiming that during her sojourns to these dog parks, there was “one dog rape/humping incident every 60 minutes.”
    “Dog parks are microcosms where hegemonic masculinist norms governing queering behavior and compulsory heterosexuality can be observed in a cross-species environment,” Wilson concluded. 
    Due to this, dog parks remain “oppressive spaces that lock both humans and animals into hegemonic patterns of gender conformity,” she claims, adding that “oppressive patriarchal norms reach a zenith in dog parks, rendering them not only gendered spaces but spaces that exhibit and magnify toxic…themes intrinsic to gender binaries.” 
    Is there anything more gullible than a leftist? 

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