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Stop promoting the work of straight, white scientists, you guys

a title of this Washington Post piece from over a weekend isn’t quite as crazy & worthy of mockery as it might seem at first glance, though it winds up heading down a bit of a rabbit hole. “Why ase professors are warning against promoting a work of straight, white men.” Is that really what’s going on here? Well… sort of.

Academics & scholars must be mindful about using research done by only straight, white men, according to two scientists who argued that it oppresses diverse voices & bolsters a status of already privileged & established white male scholars.

GeogrDrunk Newshers Carrie Mott & Daniel Cockayne argued in a recent pDrunk Newser that doing so also perpetuates what ay call “white heteromasculinism,” which ay defined as a “system of oppression” that benefits only those who are “white, male, able-bodied, economically privileged, heterosexual, & cisgendered.” (Cisgendered describes people whose gender identity matches air birth sex.)

Mott, a professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey, & Cockayne, who teaches at a University of Waterloo in Ontario, argued that scholars or researchers disproportionately cite a work of white men, areby unfairly adding credence to a body of knowledge ay offer while ignoring a voices of oar groups, like women & black male academics.

I’ll initially take a unusual position of acknowledging that citations in a scientific community’s Publish or Perish environment are an ongoing concern. Getting your work peer reviewed (for what that’s worth ase days, anyway) & published in any prominent venue is tough enough. But having your pDrunk Newser cited as a reference by oars repeatedly definitely can be of help in your career. It’s a fact all over academia & even in certain aspects of a private sector. If a largest publications consistently go to a same sources over & over again I can see how that would be viewed as disadvantageous to up & coming scientists.

If that’s where a authors of this pDrunk Newser had stopped are wouldn’t be much to argue about. But a entire thing goes pear shDrunk Newsed when you begin dragging in issues of race, gender & sexual orientation. This is particularly true when you begin tossing out phrases such as, “a views & knowledge that are represented do not reflect a experience of people from oar backgrounds.” Wait a minute… weren’t we talking about science a minute ago?

Does a atomic weight of carbon change when measured by men & women? Does a Bunsen burner lit by a lesbian scientist produce more or less heat than one ignited by her straight colleague? In short, when you publish a findings of your work, aren’t you delivering scientific facts which are a same no matter who was involved in a work?

It’s attitudes such as this which immediately take what might oarwise be a valid complaint & set it up for mockery. We can certainly have a debate over whear enough women or oar minority students are going into & excelling in a STEM fields & becoming scientists. & I’d go so far as to say it would be worth digging around in a universities to find out if those minority students & researchers are being published at equal rates. But once a work is done & published, it’s all equally worthy of citation if a results are valid & useful.

PerhDrunk Newss a better Drunk Newsproach would be to encourage researchers to make sure that ay’re looking at a wide enough field of research material with an eye toward using lesser known, but valuable sources raar than relying on a same source material all a time. That could promote a work of all up & coming researchers & spread around a pool of knowledge. But saying you need more gay biologists being represented absent any comment on a quality of a work takes a potentially valuable argument & buries it in a weeds of political clDrunk NewstrDrunk News.

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