Three academicians have announced that they accepted seven papers and published four in various leading scholarly publications that are intentionally absurd and make ridiculous recommendations about raising children and subjugating men. Using fabricated authors and credentials, philosopher Peter Boghossian joined two colleagues in the effort, they said, to illustrate how partisan bias enters into academic studies of gender and sexuality, as well as race. The trio asserts that many such studies are based on biased research and faulty methodology.

In American universities, seven academic papers published within seven years is enough for a professor to win full tenure: an indefinite academic appointment. Boghossian and his colleagues completed seven papers within 10 months.

Each of the trio’s papers were peer-reviewed before publication, as is customary in the academic world. One paper reworked a chapter of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” in which parts of Der Fuehrer’s screed were replaced with modern feminist cant, including: “multi-variate matrix of domination,” “solidarity allyship.” and “neo-liberal feminism.” Other papers argued for the benefits of including “fat bodybuilding” in bodybuilding competitions as a means to abolish fat shaming, while other suggested chaining privileged school children as an instructional tool. 

In the faux paper submitted to Gender, Place & Culture, the author wrote that his "own anthropocentric frame” makes it difficult to judge whether dogs consent to sex from other dogs. The paper asserts that dog parks are “petri dishes for canine ‘rape culture’ ” and issues “a call for awareness into the different ways dogs are treated on the basis of their gender and queering behaviors, and the chronic and perennial rape emergency dog parks pose to female dogs.”

One of the faux papers proposed that "the penis vis-à-vis maleness is an incoherent construct. We argue that the conceptual penis is better understood not as an anatomical organ but as a gender-performative, highly fluid social construct."

Once The Wall Street Journal discovered the ruse, the trio went public after the newspaper examined their papers.  

James Lindsay, a member of the trio, told The West -- an Australian publication -- the they intentionally wrote absurd papers to test whether academics would fall for the gag. “Concerningly, they did," he said. Boghossian, Lindsay, and British academic Helen Pluckrose argue that they are liberals who lean to the left but believe that the academic disciplines in questions have become corrupted. Boghossian teaches philosophy at Portland State University and claims that he has been targeted for questioning the methods used by his fellow professionals. He expects to be disciplined or fired for his efforts to expose them. He does not have tenure.

Famed psychologist and author Jordan Peterson tweeted about the faux papers: "I'm afraid that the corruption has gone so deep that few will notice and even fewer care."



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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