[Marxism] Fwd: Predatory Journals and Predatory Skeptics | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist
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Tue May 23 11:31:02 MDT 2017
On the Skeptic Magazine website there’s an article titled “The
Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct: A Sokal-Style Hoax on Gender
Studies” co-authored by Peter Boghossian, Ed.D. and James Lindsay, Ph.D.
that details how they suckered a “peer-reviewed journal” into publishing
a bunch of gibberish filled with postmodernist jargon.
The article appeared in Cogent Social Sciences, a division of Taylor and
Francis that along with Sage, Springer and Elsevier represent the
top-drawer of academic publishing. Or at least has such a reputation. A
representative paragraph appears in the Skeptic article:
We conclude that penises are not best understood as the male sexual
organ, or as a male reproductive organ, but instead as an enacted social
construct that is both damaging and problematic for society and future
generations. The conceptual penis presents significant problems for
gender identity and reproductive identity within social and family
dynamics, is exclusionary to disenfranchised communities based upon
gender or reproductive identity, is an enduring source of abuse for
women and other gender-marginalized groups and individuals, is the
universal performative source of rape, and is the conceptual driver
behind much of climate change.
The references are as bogus as the rest of the article, including one
for the Postmodern Generator, a website coded in the 1990s by Andrew
Bulhak featuring an algorithm, based on NYU physicist Alan Sokal’s
method of hoaxing a cultural studies journal called Social Text, that
returns a different fake postmodern “paper” every time the page is reloaded.
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