Feminist Event Encourages Scientists to Only Pursue 'Socially Just' Research
You would think science -- like any field of study based on, you know, the truth -- should be immune from the campus takeover by the Social Justice Warriors.
After all, science is simply the observation and discovery of facts. While we may argue about the results of a scientific study being definitive, we can't just decide that, say, men and women are exactly the same because it makes someone feel better.
Just kidding. Of course science is now under siege by SJWs, because that's what they do. For example, see the event being held at UC Santa Cruz titled "Research Justice 101: Tools for Feminist Science."
Yes, "feminist science." The event description reads:
Participants will be challenged to apply principles and practices of justice to their own work, interrogating questions such as: Who benefits? Who is harmed? Who is most vulnerable? … And ultimately, who do we do science for, and why? The workshop will conclude with practical skills and resources for participants to push their research communities to be more inclusive, equitable and attentive to social justice.
The event is being organized by an Los Angeles-based group titled -- sigh -- "Free Radicals."
According to The College Fix:
The mission of the Free Radicals is to enact political and social change by advocating scientists “think through the hidden assumptions in their methodological approaches and challenges researchers to think more deeply about the political implications of their work,” its website states.
Got that? They want scientists to only undertake studies and only publish conclusions that will support a radical feminist worldview.
Testicular cancer is striking down many men in their prime, you say? Well, don't you dare invest scarce research money into finding a cure -- men already have too many advantages.
What Free Radicals and anyone else associated with this nonsense are arguing for is to ignore the pursuit of truth -- even, to suppress it -- and to only focus on making sure a certain political argument is supported. They don't want science to find the truth, just to support "their truth."
That's in quotes, because modern Leftists like Free Radicals tend to support postmodernist thinking that argues there is no such thing as a universal truth -- that everything is a matter of perception and social construction. They're hoping to harness the field of scientific discovery to support this idea.
Unfortunately for them, postmodernism is nonsense. While our perceptions of the truth are filtered through our experience, upbringing, culture, and countless other things, that doesn't change the underlying truth. No amount of social construction can overcome the truth.
Free Radicals and those associated with this idiocy are trying to change reality, something that can't be done by mortal man. Science reveals what it reveals. If what it finds makes you uncomfortable, then maybe it's time to take a good, long look at why it makes you uncomfortable.