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    ‘Feminist Geography’ Prof Thinks Tall Buildings are Sexist

    ‘Feminist Geography’ Prof Thinks Tall Buildings are Sexist

    “From the physical to the metaphorical, the city is filled with reminders of masculine power”

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    Did you even know ‘feminist geography’ was a thing? How does one use such knowledge in the real world?

    The College Fix reports:

    ‘Feminist geography’ professor argues tall buildings are sexist

    Ever see a guy say goodbye to a shoe? Now a question more suited to 2020: Ever see a professor accuse a building of “toxic masculinity”?

    That is precisely Leslie Kern’s specialty, and you can get a good sense of the Mount Allison University professor’s reasoning in a recent Guardian essay on the sexism in … city architecture.

    It’s not the first article from a “feminist geography” perspective – indeed, there’s an entire academic journal, Gender, Place & Culture, devoted to the subject. (It’s somewhat credulous.)

    But Kern (above) has written a full book on feminist geography, “Feminist City,” which claims that toxic masculinity “is built into the fabric of our urban spaces.” According to the geography and environment faculty page, the associate professor is also program director of Women’s and Gender Studies, and she’s interested in “embodied geographies.”

    “From the physical to the metaphorical, the city is filled with reminders of masculine power,” Kern writes in The Guardian. “And yet we rarely talk of the urban landscape as an active participant in gender inequality”:

    A building, no matter how phallic, isn’t actually misogynist, is it? Surely a skyscraper isn’t responsible for sexual harassment, the wage gap, or even the glass ceiling, whether it has a literal one up top or not?

    And yet even the height and shape of a building reflects “patterns of gender-based discrimination,” she says, citing a female architecture professor who described skyscrapers as “rape” in 1977:

    The office tower, [Dolores Hayden] wrote, is one more addition “to the procession of phallic monuments in history – including poles, obelisks, spires, columns and watchtowers”, where architects un-ironically use the language of “base, shaft and tip” while drawing upward-thrusting buildings ejaculating light into the night sky.


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    Albigensian | July 10, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    Is it really necessary to point out that “feminist geography” is a branch of (academic) feminism, and not a branch of geography?

    Or that “feminist science” in general may be feminist, but no one would reasonably expect it to be any sort of science?

    The obvious difference between feminism and science is that science starts with measurable evidence and then looks for theories that can not only explain this evidence but which offer substantial predictive capability. Whereas feminism start with political goals and then looks for effective methods to achieve these goals.

    Which is to say, one starts with answers, the other starts with questions.

    Although I suppose the nonsense here isn’t as trivially stupid (word games and unsupported assertions) as it appears, as much of the academic feminist apparat presumably would replace real science with “feminist science,” if/when it’s able to do so.

    And there’s surely scant evidence that universities have the will or interest in restoring honest scholarship to the center of the university’s mission, let alone limiting the reach of those who would judge all academic disciplines and academicians solely on the basis of whether this-or-that furthers some political cause.

    Was even Soviet science this bad? In the USSR there were political officers everywhere, and all too many institutions were captured by apparatchiks, yet even so some produced world-class science.

    DSHornet | July 11, 2020 at 8:23 am

    Do the pyramids in Egypt count?

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