Just received from Tina:
My video this week is an interview with Helen Pluckrose, one of the scholars who pulled off the extraordinary Grievance Studies hoax. Helen, with two other scholars, James Lindsay and Peter Boghossian, wrote 20 fake papers and managed to get them published in high-profile peer-reviewed journals in fields including gender studies, queer studies, and fat studies.
What really interested me in this great coup was not just that it exposed the corruption at the heart of so much of what passes for academic literature today, but it revealed the appalling anti-male bias in the academe and the really dangerous ideas about men being promoted in universities which have found their way into mainstream culture.
The classic was their paper about dog-humping as evidence of a rape culture which was published in the prestigious journal, Gender, Place and Culture. This paper, which was honoured for excellence as one of 12 exemplary pieces in feminist geography, included discussion of whether we could train men the way we train dogs, to prevent rape culture. How frightening that this misandrist rubbish is held up as exemplary scholarship.
In another of Helen’s fake articles, “Rubbing One Out: Defining Metasexual Violence of Objectification Through Non-consensual Masturbation,” she argues that men who masturbate while thinking about a woman without her consent are perpetrators of sexual violence. Just think about the implications of that. In her literature search she had no difficulty finding a wealth of feminist literature to support this notion that an everyday act for many men is proof they are prone to sexual violence.
My interview with Helen reveals many pernicious ideas about men being promoted in our universities which then seep through into our society. I hope you enjoy the interview. Please like it and help me promote it. Unfortunately, the picture of Helen is very blurry due to internet problem at her London home but what she has to say is really important. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Wxc9E7Uuws
My Campus Tour
Last week’s talk at UWA was sold-out due to the mighty efforts of my wonderful group of volunteers. But no protesters showed up – a dreadful waste of the $350 the university forced me to pay for extra security guards. (Luckily I had my crowd-funder to cover the costs – it is great that so many people are continuing to support my tour.)
I achieved my main goal of getting publicity about the rape scare campaign into mainstream media. But it was very revealing that some local media made no attempt to allow me to present the true facts about the issue but simply allowing the activists to promote the scare campaign. Look at this interview on Channel 9 – where the activists combine the figures for low-grade harassment (mainly unwanted staring) with sexual assault to inflate the problem. Naturally the reporter just lets this blatant propaganda go unchallenged.
I was delighted to see the left-wing rag Crikey also giving good coverage to my campus tour. But here the reporter actually quotes my figures proving there is no rape crisis but still suggests I am skewing facts and making false claims. Go figure!
We are awaiting news about the Federal Government enquiry into free speech at universities but I imagine politicians will be thinking hard about how this will play in the forthcoming election campaign. Chances are the whole thing will get buried, particularly if Labor wins the election given that many of their politicians have announced there is no problem on our campuses. The National Tertiary Education Union has already declared there’s no free speech crisis and that organisers of controversial events on campus (invariably conservatives) should be required to pay for security.
The next stop in my tour still looks like the ANU – although we have now put that off until May. I will post details of upcoming talks on Facebook and my website.
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