Feds Waste Over $400,000 on Study of “Relationship Between Gender and Glaciers”

Until people who believe in limited government are put in charge, the waste will continue to spiral out of control. The situation has already deteriorated to the point of gibbering lunacy:

The National Science Foundation has spent more than $400,000 on a study that published scientific results on the “relationship between gender and glaciers.”

The paper “Glaciers, gender, and science,” published in January 2016, concluded that “ice is not just ice,” urging scientists to take a “feminist political ecology and feminist postcolonial” approach when they study melting ice caps and climate change.

“Glaciers are key icons of climate change and global environmental change,” the paper by Mark Carey, a professor at the University of Oregon, explained. “However, the relationships among gender, science, and glaciers–particularly related to epistemological questions about the production of glaciological knowledge – remain understudied.”

“Merging feminist postcolonial science studies and feminist political ecology, the feminist glaciology framework generates robust analysis of gender, power, and epistemologies in dynamic social-ecological systems, thereby leading to more just and equitable science and human-ice interactions,” the paper said.

It would be nice to think that the $400,000 went to develop special software that generates gobbledygook by spitting out words like “feminist,” “postcolonial,” “glaciology,” “epistemologies,” et cetera in random order. That way it would be a one-time cost, and we wouldn’t have to keep paying for these studies.

“A critical but overlooked aspect of the human dimensions of glaciers and global change research is the relationship between gender and glaciers,” the paper said. “While there has been relatively little research on gender and global environmental change in general there is even less from a feminist perspective that focuses on gender (understood here not as a male/female binary, but as a range of personal and social possibilities) and also on power, justice, inequality, and knowledge production in the context of ice, glacier change, and glaciology.”

The study is a product of the scientific discipline known as “feminist glaciology.”

One purpose of “feminist glaciology” is to “analyze how power, domination, colonialism, and control—undergirded by and coincident with masculinist ideologies—have shaped glacier-related sciences and knowledges over time.”

In case you didn’t grasp the importance of feminist glaciology,

“The feminist lens is crucial given the historical marginalization of women, the importance of gender in glacier-related knowledges, and the ways in which systems of colonialism, imperialism, and patriarchy co-constituted gendered science,” the paper said.

To finance demented crap like this, businesses are taxed until they can no longer afford to employ people.

At least we can learn one thing from the academics: being a totalitarian ideology, progressivism applies to absolutely everything, even ice.

No doubt future studies will work racism and Islamophobia into the field of feminist glaciology, as soon as federal funding can be secured.

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Provoking epistemological questions regarding feminist glaciological knowledges.

On tips from Steve A, Steve T, and Varla. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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