Researchers Get Ridiculous (But Agenda-Friendly) Studies Published in Academic Journals

Vigilant Citizen — Oct 5, 2018


A team of three self-declared “left-wing academics” sent 20 bogus articles peppered with agenda-friendly buzzwords to peer-reviewed publications. The result: Seven papers were accepted, four were published online and three were in process.
Led by Peter Boghossian, an assistant professor of philosophy at Portland State University, the team submitted “intentionally broken” papers to leading publications on race, gender, and sexuality. The goal was to prove that, if one used the correct language, pandered to the correct agenda and emphasized the correct buzzwords, one could get published in “serious” peer-reviewed journals. And it worked. A little too well.
For instance, one paper claimed to analyze rape culture in dog parks. Ridiculously entitled Human Reactions to Rape Culture and Queer Performativity in Urban Dog Parks in Portland, Oregon the study was published in Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, a highly ranked journal that leads the field of feminist geography. Not only that, the piece “gained special recognition for excellence”.
Thesis: That dog parks are rape-condoning spaces and a place of rampant canine rape culture and systemic oppression against “the oppressed dog” through which human attitudes to both problems can be measured. This provides insight into training men out of the sexual violence and bigotry to which they are prone.
The study claimed to have “tactfully inspected the genitals of slightly fewer than 10,000 dogs whilst interrogating owners as to their sexuality, becoming seemingly mystified about why heterosexual men are attracted to women”. The study concluded that men should be trained like dogs to prevent “rape culture”.
Here’s one of the reviews:
“This is a wonderful paper – incredibly innovative, rich in analysis, and extremely well-written and organized given the incredibly diverse literature sets and theoretical questions brought into conversation. The author’s development of the focus and contributions of the paper is particularly impressive. The fieldwork executed contributes immensely to the paper’s contribution as an innovative and valuable piece of scholarship that will engage readers from a broad cross-section of disciplines and theoretical formations. I believe this intellectually and empirically exciting paper must be published and congratulate the author on the research done and the writing.”
-Reviewer 1, Gender, Place, and Culture
Another study recommended that men anally self-penetrate with sex toys “to become less transphobic, more feminist, and more concerned about the horrors of rape culture.” The name of the study? Going In Through the Back Door: Challenging Straight Male Homohysteria, Transhysteria, and Transphobia Through Receptive Penetrative Sex Toy Use. Despite the obvious trolling, the paper was published in the “serious” journal Sexuality and Culture.
Pushing ridiculousness to another level, the trio of researchers attempted to get published a “feminist rewrite of a chapter from Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf.” And they succeeded. The paper ironically entitled Our Struggle Is My Struggle: Solidarity Feminism as an Intersectional Reply to Neoliberal and Choice Feminism was accepted by the feminist social-work journal Affilia.

Higher Education Under Siege

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