Europe

Charivari from a Corner of Europe

Spreading the message “The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct” is the title of a paper on Gender Studies, which was submitted for “peer review”, then accepted for publication in an academic journal called Cogent Social Sciences. Its two authors, themselves academics, composed it in the style of “post-structuralist discursive gender theory”. Their 3000-word study was carefully framed to ensure that it was complete nonsense, but, they said, “we assumed that if we were clear … that maleness is intrinsically bad and that the penis is somehow at the root of it, we could get the paper published in a…

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