Academic Journal publishes ‘conceptual penis’ study on hoaxes


A “conceptual penis” hoax study that appeared in the May 19, 2017 issue of Cogent Social Sciences. |

Using pen names, two authors managed to publish a 3,000-word hoax article in a peer-reviewed gender studies journal, Cogent Social Sciences. The article talks about the “conceptual penis,” which the authors “argue,” is at the root of many global problems, including climate change.

The authors, “Jamie Lindsay” and “Peter Boyle,” wrote an article using completely absurd words and titled “The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct,” which “asserts” that “the penis vis-à-vis the masculinity is an inconsistent construct. ”And then they revealed it was a hoax while writing an article in Skeptic magazine.

“We argue that the conceptual penis is best understood not as an anatomical organ but as a highly fluid and gender-efficient social construct,” the authors, who say their true identities are the University of Philosophy professor of ‘State of Portland, Dr. Peter Boghossian and mathematician Dr. James Lindsay, wrote in the magazine. “This article should never have been published.”

It was written for the fictitious “Southeast Independent Social Research Group”.

“The article was intentionally ridiculous, essentially saying that penises should not be viewed as male genitalia but as damaging social constructs,” the authors wrote. “We haven’t tried to find out what ‘post-structuralist gender discursive theory’ really means. somehow the root, we could get the article published in a respectable journal. “

They added: “After we finished the document, we read it carefully to make sure it didn’t say anything significant, and since neither of us could determine what it really was, we considered it. like a success. “

The summary of the article reads: “Anatomical penises may exist, but since preoperative transgender women also have anatomical penises, the penis vis-à-vis masculinity is an inconsistent construct. We argue that the conceptual penis is best understood not as an anatomical organ. but as a social construct isomorphic to performative toxic masculinity.Through a detailed poststructuralist discursive critique and the example of climate change, this article will question the dominant and damaging social trope that
penises are better understood as the male sexual organ and reassign it to a more appropriate role as a male performance type. “

And how did they seek to prove their “claim”?

Here is their “argument”: “Toxic hypermasculinity derives its meaning directly from the conceptual penis and applies to supporting neo-capitalist materialism, which is a fundamental driver of climate change, particularly in the widespread use of fossil fuel-emitting technologies. carbon and the careless dominance of pristine natural environments. We do not need to delve deeper into the critiques of dialectical objectivism, or their relationship to male tropes like the conceptual penis to make an effective critique of dialectical objectivism. (excluding). All perspectives matter. “

The authors said in their magazine article: “No one knows what all of this means because it is complete nonsense. Anyone who claims to be doing it is faking it. Period.”

In an interview with Fix College on Monday, Boghossian said: “The academy is overrun with left-wing fanatics preaching dangerous nonsense. Seeing the university as a mill of ideologies, these ideologues have indoctrinated an entire generation of students into postmodernism and relativism.

He also compared social justice ideologues in academia to religious fundamentalists.

“Much like zealous members of a church or religious cult, argument and persuasion fail to convince many of these people anymore. While an event like this probably won’t stop them, it can put a significant crack in the intellectual edifice they are using. to protect and promote their ultimately morally motivated beliefs, ”Boghossian added.

Cogent Social Sciences journal states on its website: “We believe in meeting the needs of researchers so that they can focus on making a difference through their research… We are a forward partner. guardian for research communities, with journals in all fields. from universities, from education to engineering and from medicine to mathematics. There is a journal in the Cogent series for every researcher – come see for yourself. “


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