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Feminist Insanity at Taxpayer Expense: ‘Intersectional Quantum Physics’

Posted on | May 31, 2017 | 5 Comments

Whitney Stark is applying feminist theory to quantum physics.

“[N]ew materialist feminisms help to recognize how multiple phenomena work together to behave in what can become legible at any given moment as a body. By utilizing the materiality of conceptions about connectivity often thought to be merely theoretical, by taking a critical look at the noncentralized and multiple movements of quantum physics, and by dehierarchizing the necessity of linear bodies through time, it becomes possible to reconfigure structures of value, longevity, and subjectivity in ways explicitly aligned with anti-oppression practices and identity politics.”
Whitney Stark, University of Arizona

“When I said that the mentally ill should be in institutions, public universities weren’t the kind of institutions I had in mind.”
Robert Stacy McCain, Dec. 20, 2012

How much taxpayer money goes into funding the University of Arizona’s Institute for LGBT Studies? However much it is, it’s too much. Why should the prestige of a state university be used to promote dangerous lunacy? For that is indeed what is being funded by Arizona taxpayers:

A feminist academic affiliated with the University of Arizona has invented a new theory of “intersectional quantum physics,” and told the world about it in a journal published by Duke University Press.
Whitney Stark argues in support of “combining intersectionality and quantum physics” to better understand “marginalized people” and to create “safer spaces” for them, in the latest issue of The Minnesota Review.
Because traditional quantum physics theory has influenced humanity’s understanding of the world, it has also helped lend credence to the ongoing regime of racism, sexism and classism that hurts minorities, Stark writes in “Assembled Bodies: Reconfiguring Quantum Identities.”
A researcher in culture and gender studies at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, Stark also holds an appointment in women’s and gender studies at the University of Arizona through its Institute for LGBT Studies.
She is a member of the Somatechnics Research Network, hosted by UA, whose scholars “reflect on the mutual inextricability of embodiment and technology.”
Stark identifies Newtonian physics as one of the main culprits behind oppression. “Newtonian physics,” she writes, has “separated beings” based on their “binary and absolute differences.”
“This structural thinking of individualized separatism with binary and absolute differences as the basis for how the universe works is embedded in many structures of classification,” according to Stark.

(Hat tip: Instapundit.) Many people will react to Stark’s “intersectional” theory by treating it as a joke, but it’s not a comedy. It’s a tragedy.

Whitney Stark is a queer feminist into social justice. After a BA in Media Arts from Antioch College she spent several years doing activist and NGO work, producing and teaching socially conscious video, media literacy and rape culture 101s, and working with homeless teenagers as well as pouring countless cups of coffee and working on a few terrible reality TV shows. Whitney is committed to principles of anti-oppression and increasingly shifting activism in order to work toward less violent ways of being, and to build beautiful, intentional community. She has just received a masters in gender studies through the GEMMA consortium.

That’s Ms. Stark’s biography from a 2013 edition of Graduate Journal of Social Science which she helped edit, co-authoring the lead article, “The Conditions of Praxis: Theory and Practice in Activism and Academia.”

However much time was spent writing that article was a total waste of time, and Whitney Stark’s career is a total waste of human life. Does anyone believe that, when her parents sent her to college, their hope was that she would become “a queer feminist into social justice”? Can you imagine the conversation Ms. Stark’s parents have with their friends?

“What’s your daughter up to nowadays?”
“Well, now that she has her master’s degree in gender studies, she’s an activist promoting principles of anti-oppression and also applying her queer feminist theory to quantum physics.”

The most difficult thing about Whitney Stark’s career is trying not to laugh out loud when you describe it. The “work” she does is not merely useless, but destructive, in that her “activism” consists of encouraging other people to waste their lives the same way she has wasted her life. Ms. Stark has devoted the past 15 years of her life to promoting a cult ideology that is nothing but self-indulgent solipsistic irrationalism. Could anything be crazier than Ms. Stark’s bizarre belief that, with a bachelor’s degree in media arts and a master’s degree in gender studies, she is qualified to amend quantum physics with “intersectional” feminist theory?

Because no responsible parent would wish their child to pursue such a fool’s errand, taxpayers should be angry about every penny of their money spent to subsidize this kind of “education.”

What is being taught by the University of Arizona’s Institute for LGBT Studies? Is there anything at all in the curriculum that is socially valuable? One of their “initiatives” is the Queer Migration Network, “an interdisciplinary research initiative that critically examines how migration processes fuel the production, contestation and remaking of sexual and gender norms, cultures, communities, and politics that articulate hierarchies of race, class, and geopolitics.” Yes, this “research,” is being done at taxpayer expense in the name of the citizens of Arizona. What is the social dividend of this investment of the state’s educational resources? Is anyone in Arizona even asking these questions?

“What does queer theory have to do with teaching science in elementary schools and preparing elementary teachers to teach science?” This is a question I am often asked by colleagues, teachers, and graduate students. The question, while genuine, betrays an underlying disconnect between assimilationist perspectives focused on injustices experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people in schools and the queer theory effort to disrupt the categories that privileges heteronormative identities. The question also betrays the tendency to link sexuality with the act of sex and sexual object choice and an uncomfortableness with bringing sexual taboo topics into the elementary classroom. In this talk I will address these concerns by exploring how queer theory can be a useful tool for re-imagining elementary science education and elementary science teacher preparation.

That’s the description of a presentation by University of Arizona Professor Kristin Gunckel hosted by the Institute for LGBT Studies. You see that queer theory isn’t just crazy nonsense discussed in academic journals, but it’s what professors are teaching young people who will be teaching your child in elementary school. And I repeat, this is being taught at taxpayer expense, in state-supported public universities.

When will people wake up? Am I the only sane man left on the planet? Is there not even one other person who cares enough about the future of our country to try to do something to end this madness?

UPDATE: Welcome, Instapundit readers!



 

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