We generally think that those who push politically correct agendas on campus congregate in the social sciences. These people are annoying, but surely they have little influence on society as a whole, or more specifically, within medicine and science -- fields focused on creating, discovering and building technology for the betterment of human existence, right?
Well, I hate to break it to you, but the answer is an emphatic “no!”
For example, the University of Calgary Department of Anthropology offers a course entitled “Sex and Gender.” As a student in that same department and college, my experience there has been almost always positive. However, this course is an exception. Here is the course outline as stated on the syllabus:
“This course will survey some of the similarities and differences from other animal species and how we vary across human cultures, through an examination of sex (theory of sexual selection and how males and females are genetically distinct) and gender (socially constructed ideas on men and women). Though the roles of both men and women will be studied, the focus will be more on women.”
I was excited to learn more about the principles of sexual selection and how Darwinian evolution shaped the roles of males and females into what they are today. Primate evolution is what I study, after all.
The course description, however, was a huge misrepresentation of what was actually taught. We spent the better part of two weeks learning about these scientific mechanisms and principles, and then completely shifted towards a more culturally oriented approach to gender.
A semester is roughly 12 weeks long, and we spent the remaining 10 weeks learning about “gender as a social construct”, and how women are supposedly victims in every aspect of society. I felt completely cheated, because I had paid hundreds of dollars on a course that was purported to be mostly scientific, only to find out it was merely a ploy to drill subjective, feminist ideology into the minds of scientifically oriented students.
I was not alone in thinking this; several of my peers took this course for the same reason I did, then couldn’t believe we had to sit through ten weeks of this b.s.
Our first inclination was to see if we could drop the course, but since we were past the course drop date, we wouldn’t get our course fees refunded. In addition, we would’ve received a big fat "W" (withdrawn) on our transcript. Well played, feminists. Well played!
Unfortunately, that wasn’t even the worst part. The female professor said she "encouraged discussion" on the topics we studied, but she actually shut you down if you challenged feminist ideology.
For example, one discussion involved the topic of women working in STEM, which in truth is male dominated. She displayed "statistics" on her lecture slides without citations, leaving one to wonder where they came from. These statistics showed that the ratio of men to women in STEM is 7:1. Even a person not familiar with statistical analyses might question such a steep ratio. If the obvious fact that most of the professors, teaching assistants, friends, lab partners and acquaintances I’ve had throughout my university career were female was anything to go by, then I really had to question those numbers.
Later during this discussion, I asked why no stats on FEMALE dominated jobs had been displayed, to which a fellow (female) student responded: “Because those jobs are largely not desirable or considered prestigious, so women have to do them.”
According to an article published by Business Insider about so-called "pink collar" jobs, the top three jobs dominated by women were:
* Registered nurses (91.1%)
* Elementary and middle school teachers (81.8%)
* Social workers (80.8%).
Wow! What a slap in the face to those nurses who devote their lives to caring for people’s health, or those social workers who probably waste their time with people like that student -- the ones who worry about trigger warnings -- when they could and should be attending to marginalized people with legitimate problems.
But who am I to challenge their feminism? As a heterosexual male, my opinion probably doesn’t matter. Maybe I forgot to check my privilege that morning…
So what’s the big deal, it was only one course right? Perhaps, but the fact that my fellow scientific peers and I had to be deceived into taking the course through a vaguely worded syllabus demonstrates what kind of movement the left is trying to impose on us. Is this just another cog in the wheel of the university’s propaganda machine?
Political correctness has no place in science. I hope my experience was just a one off. The prospect that political correctness could eventually have a large influence on scientific research is scary, not just for the consequences it will have for science in general, but for public matters such as environmental and health policy.
Paraphrasing the bravely outspoken physicist, Dr. William Happer, of Princeton University:
“There is no room for consensus in science. Scientific hypotheses must be proven irrefutably by demonstrated fact, not by popular vote."
Simply put, scientific conclusions should not be established by the “go-along to get-along” crowd.