Three self-proclaimed left-wing academics just showed how corrupt and illegitimate the liberal arts have become. In their study dubbed “Sokal Squared”, which can only be described as academic trolling, they submitted ridiculous papers (eg ““Human Reactions To Rape Culture And Queer Performativity At Urban Dog Parks In Portland, Oregon,” which pointed to the conclusion that canines humping at dog parks contributes to rape culture) to notable “grievance study” journals and several of them were accepted and scheduled to be published.
This study demonstrates what Jordan B. Peterson and Ben Shapiro have been saying for years: academia–especially the liberal arts fields–have gone completely off the deep end in their politicization. As the authors write:
Something has gone wrong in the university—especially in certain fields within the humanities. Scholarship based less upon finding truth and more upon attending to social grievances has become firmly established, if not fully dominant, within these fields, and their scholars increasingly bully students, administrators, and other departments into adhering to their worldview. This worldview is not scientific, and it is not rigorous. For many, this problem has been growing increasingly obvious, but strong evidence has been lacking. For this reason, the three of us just spent a year working inside the scholarship we see as an intrinsic part of this problem.