Edinburgh Philosophy Group

Should we be sceptical of Gender Studies?

For newcomers we'll be sat in Jeremiah's Tap Room in the room through at the back

This month's discussion will be about gender studies, postmodernism and blank slatism

Recommended viewing

If you only have the time to watch/read one thing before the discussion then I recommend this documentary. The Norwegian documentary called Hjernevask or "Brainwashed" interviews gender studies theorists, shows the footage to biologists and psychologists, and then shows the gender studies professors the footage of the scientists' reactions and responses.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVaTc15plVs&list=PLaJtMuDnR5KLwrt4z1O8tKmHWmUm3nObV

Some examples we might discuss

Some students in South Africa disagree with scientific modernism and advocate for a post-modern solution of restarting science from a different perspective. Where do these ideas come from?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9SiRNibD14

Is all of science an androcentric social construct that needs to be replaced by a feminist science that does away with the scientific method?
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0277539508800052

Are some pilates exercises racist?
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/dance-research-journal/article/pilates-pelvis-racial-implications-of-the-immobile-hips/2CDDDB16BFD648003DCAB3DD0634FF81#

In her book "The Science Question in Feminism" Sandra Harding referred to Newton's Principia Mathematica as a rape manual. Is this interpretation of Newton's work accurate?

This article is co-authored by the human author's two cats, one of which was dead at the time of writing. Is it correct in its claim that animals can also write narratives and that we are only separated from those animals because of constructs that we have formed socially?
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1077800418784321

Are autoethnographies about self-identifying as a hippopotamus in the subjective, inter-subjective and social senses a useful metaphor for escaping categorisations that govern human bodies?
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0969725X.2017.1322822

Is ejaculating inseparable from "hegemonic masculinity"?
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.3149/jms.1803.238

Is it important for Wikipedia to allow "embodied subjectivity" and other "feminist ways of knowing" as a source of information?
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S8755461515000547

Is biology an epistemology of ignorance that's hostile to feminist insights?
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1527-2001.2011.01229.x/full

Is it true that sex hormones aren't really the cause of biological sex differences?
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1460012002003001063

Is it true that breastfeeding is not a natural biological function?
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1550428X.2015.1129297

Is it able-ist and species-ist to state that it's typical for humans to be able to walk but a fish can't?
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09687599.2016.1188767

Are Western biases and racialised masculinity present in postfeminist food culture?
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14680777.2018.1478690

Should personal "lived" experience and anecdotal evidence be taken as fact to the point that it surpasses the credability of experts?
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/21604851.2018.1473704

Is it true that feminist postcolonial science studies and feminist political ecology can be applied to a feminist framework of glaciers that would lead to more equitable human-ice interactions?
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0309132515623368

Is it important to apply feminism to plant life so that we can dismantle constructs and change the water lily's cultural role?
https://philpapers.org/rec/GIBTFP

Did men and women evolve to be different heights due to gender hierarchy?
https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-01979-6_7

When

February 14th, 2019 7:00 PM

Location

Jeremiah's Taproom
8 Elm Row
Edinburgh, EH7-4AA
United Kingdom