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Profs warn that 'commitment to empirical science' hurts women
Campus Reform ^ | Mar 23, 2018 at 9:45 AM EDT | Toni Airaksinen

Posted on 03/29/2018 6:34:49 PM PDT by Eurotwit

A recent academic journal article claims that "meritocratic ideology" and "depoliticized" classroom environments contribute to a sense of exclusion and isolation among female students.

The professors argue that the emphasis on "meritocracy," "individualism," and "technical prowess" in engineering all contribute to a "masculine culture" that marginalizes women.

Four professors are warning that the “hegemony of meritocratic ideology” and other manifestations of “masculine culture” in engineering courses are detrimental to women.

Led by Carroll Serron, who teaches at the University of California-Irvine, the March 1 study contends that the sense of exclusion and isolation felt by female engineering students is exacerbated by the overwhelming “meritocratic ideology” in the field.

Though some scholars argue that engineering culture upholds hegemonic masculinity, Serron and her team take a different approach, arguing that it is not specifically “hegemonic masculinity” that hurts women but rather “meritocratic ideology.”

[RELATED: Meritocracy is a ‘tool of whiteness,’ claims math professor]

The professors are especially concerned with how engineering courses tend to be “depoliticized” compared to classes in other fields, which they contend is due in part to engineering culture’s emphasis on meritocracy and individualism.

“Socialization into the ideologies of meritocracy and individualism, coupled with a valorization of ‘technical’ prowess at the expense of ‘socially focused’ work processes, depoliticizes the gendered structure of the profession,” they write.

The professors add that this can be problematic because “students learn that raising concerns about marginalization—of themselves or others—is tangential or even distracting to what counts as the ‘real’ practical and objective work of engineering.”

“In its commitment to empirical science, technical thinking, merit, and individualism, engineering culture allocates what it sees as political issues, such as gender equality, to the realm of the social and subjective, therefore, off-limits,” the paper asserts. “Thus, the depoliticized culture of engineering also constitutes a degendered space where issues that may be of social concern to women in science are also devalued and marginalized.”

Based on a review of diary entries from three-dozen female engineering students, the professors conclude that female students are also guilty of upholding this problematic culture through their unwillingness to critique it.

“Rather than telling what [some researchers] describe as a subversive story...these women engineers are often reproductive agents of the ideology of meritocracy, helping perpetuate existing relations of power and inequality,” they write.

“Rather than resisting hegemonic meritocracy, these brilliant young women engineers are its active promoters,” they say, later adding that this commitment to meritocracy undermines women’s best interests, as it unwittingly reinforces the “gendered consequences of engineering professional hegemony.”

The study—“I’m not a Feminist, but…”: Hegemony of a Meritocratic Ideology and the Limits of Critique Among Women in Engineering”—was published in the recent issue of the journal Work and Occupations.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2018election; 2020election; academia; brianrubineau; carrollserron; election2018; election2020; engineering; erincech; feminism; postmodernism; susansilbey
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1. Deeper into the rabbit hole we go. Academia is largely lost outside of the hard sciences and now they are coming for things like engineering. I would really appreciate if competency was a factor selecting those who designed the airplane I fly on, the bridge I am crossing or the skyscraper I am sitting in. Thank you.

2. A thought has really occured to me lately as well that I never really pondered before, but it is how there is a massive generational divide. I guess it has always been thus. The rocking 60's is just "history" for me experienced through videos etc. It's not quite real, whilst for my dad it was the most important years of his life. Likewise now, kids growing up these days have no idea about a world without microagressions, feminist madness and transexual activism as well as muslims blowing themselves up all over the place. To me and many of us...This is down the rabbit hole, but to them that is normality - the way the world has always been - for them.

With the massive attack on life, liberty and happiness that have occured all over the western world, it is frightening to consider how the generations now are separated.

In other academic news from last fall. A professor got an article published through peer review in some post-colonialism journal that there also were some positive elements to colonialism. The Professor is now in hiding fearing for his life last I checked.

Welcome to 2018.

Euro.

1 posted on 03/29/2018 6:34:49 PM PDT by Eurotwit
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To: Eurotwit

Bookmark mark under “the west deserves what it’s going to get”.


2 posted on 03/29/2018 6:38:00 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: Eurotwit

If anyone believes this crap, I have an all-female designed bridge at Florida International University I’d like to sell you.


3 posted on 03/29/2018 6:39:32 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (President Trump divides Americans . . . from anti-Americans.)
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To: Eurotwit
Have been saying for quite some time: diversity is not a virtue. It is, at best, an empirical value.

No wonder that empirical science is under attack.

4 posted on 03/29/2018 6:40:09 PM PDT by Ciaphas Cain (Progressives are turning America into "Harrison Bergeron" as conceived by Ayn Rand.)
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To: Eurotwit

Yeah yeah yeah yeah... technical prowess is over rated anyway. Especially if you want to build a bridge or something...


5 posted on 03/29/2018 6:40:11 PM PDT by Bitman
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To: Eurotwit

I put money on none of these professors have a science background. Most likely sociology

Just because they felt stupid in math or chem doesn’t mean the rest of us did


6 posted on 03/29/2018 6:41:14 PM PDT by Nifster (I see puppy dogs in the clouds)
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To: Eurotwit

Good Lord! What a load of incoherent, sanctimonious twaddle!


7 posted on 03/29/2018 6:41:22 PM PDT by DJ Frisat (Hey, what happened to my clever tag line?!)
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To: Eurotwit

I suggest that the professor apply those high ideals to the medical profession and challenge him to have one of the graduates be assigned as his only doctor.


8 posted on 03/29/2018 6:41:50 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Start using cash and checks or the elite class and bankers will make "cashless" the norm.)
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To: Eurotwit

Yeah, the truth hurts women. The end is near.


9 posted on 03/29/2018 6:42:17 PM PDT by Jim 0216
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To: Eurotwit
These buffoons are falling right in line to whichever way the current zeitgeist wind blows. We are here: “If there are no absolutes by which to judge society, then society is absolute.” Francis Schaeffer, How Shall We Then Live? (Old Tappan NJ: Fleming H Revell Company, 1976), p. 224.
10 posted on 03/29/2018 6:42:38 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: Eurotwit

You can either:

A. Do the math

B. Not do the math.

If A then STEM degree. If B then basketweaving degree.

—Female with STEM degrees.


11 posted on 03/29/2018 6:42:48 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Eurotwit

Ignoring excellence in engineering results in bridges falling on people.


12 posted on 03/29/2018 6:44:15 PM PDT by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here of Citizen Parents__Know Islam, No Peace-No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: Eurotwit

Which means they’ve admitted that women can’t do math.


14 posted on 03/29/2018 6:49:29 PM PDT by Skywise
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To: aquila48

Cultural Marxism, which is behind this nitwitery, was an intentional assault on the character and conduct of the peopleof the West.

We should have hanged the communist, not let the Left adopt them as both victims and ideological heroes.


15 posted on 03/29/2018 6:49:41 PM PDT by Rurudyne (Standup Philosopher)
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To: Black Agnes

Basketweaving?

If it only were that well.

Instead you get sociology professors attacking STEM, whiteness, males, women who do not agree with them etc.

Thankfully, the women who themselves study engineering are not onboard with this madness it seems:

“Based on a review of diary entries from three-dozen female engineering students, the professors conclude that female students are also guilty of upholding this problematic culture through their unwillingness to critique it.”

I think it is no coincidence that math prowess correlate highly with intelligence which again correlates highly with societal stability and success.


16 posted on 03/29/2018 6:50:34 PM PDT by Eurotwit (FRexit? No. AdiEU. - Loud Mime)
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Facts, merit, empirical science, rigor.... all the things that SHOULD matter in the practice of engineering and they are all under assault from these demented leftards.

What, do they want more collapsing bridges? Do they care if our planes, rockets, roads, vehicles, etc. work properly and safely??????


17 posted on 03/29/2018 6:50:35 PM PDT by Enchante (FusionGPS "dirty dossier" scandal links Hillary, FBI, CIA, Dept of Justice... "Deep State" is real)
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To: Eurotwit

18 posted on 03/29/2018 6:52:05 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: Eurotwit

“unwillingness to critique it”

I’ll critique it.

Lazy a@@ women who want to party, get laid and otherwise stay out of math classes but want the big paychecks.

Eff them.

I’ll add ‘plain’ to the description above. The lookers already know how to get big ‘paychecks’.


19 posted on 03/29/2018 6:53:10 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Eurotwit

I have no idea what the Prof is trying to say.


20 posted on 03/29/2018 6:53:36 PM PDT by BarbM ( President Trump tells the truth LOUD and CLEAR)
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