find that proponents of the discrimination hypothesis, who include distinguished philosophers in fields such as philosophy of science, metaphysics, and philosophy of language, have tended to present evidence selectively. Occasionally they have even presented as evidence what appears to be something more dubious—for example, studies supporting the discrimination hypothesis based on data that have been reported “lost” under suspicious circumstances.
Not surprising. Fabricating, fudging, and convincing themselves of victimhood narratives has become a profession for leftists. They really never learned the moral of the boy who cried wolf. The girls who cry wolf with their shoddy scholarship in support of the discrimination hypothesis do grave wrong to themselves, other women, men, and the profession as a whole:
(i) They wrong themselves by cultivating a victimhood mentality that results in susceptibility to character vices such as resentment and misandry and intellectual vices such as cognitive dissonance, confirmation bias, and self-deception.
(ii) They wrong other women by creating an environment where claims of discrimination are taken less seriously, making it harder for real victims to be heard. This is amply demonstrated by Christina Hoff Sommers in her book, Who Stole Feminism? (Simon & Schuster, 1995), which, if it weren’t still so decisively damning all these years later, could benefit from a revision and update. President Trump should make that book mandatory reading for all women in academia.
(iii) They wrong men by accusing them of discrimination and bias with insufficient evidence, by fostering misandristic sentiments among women, and by promoting institutional practices that unjustly favor women over men.
(iv) They wrong the profession as a whole by injecting undue hostility and suspicion between colleagues, imposing suffocating bureaucratic PC policies on departments and events, lowering standards of scholarship, and by stifling open and honest inquiry with intimidation, silencing, and shaming tactics against dissenters.
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- An Even More Modest Proposal - February 17, 2017
- Yes, Clark, Trump Does Represent, Thanks to the Electoral College - January 27, 2017
- Hackslanger’s Fake Diversity Challenge - January 20, 2017
- A Prudential Argument Against Homosexual Behavior - January 3, 2017
- The Pedagogy Paradox for Conservative Professors - December 6, 2016
- The Girls Who Cry Wolf - November 29, 2016
- What the Electoral College and the Free Will Defense Have in Common - November 16, 2016
- How to Thrive in Philosophy as a Woman - November 14, 2016