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Thursday, March 10, 2016

International Women's Day Nonsense

I just found out that International Women's Day came and went without my even knowing it.  I didn't even know there was such a thing.  I should have suspected there would be such a thing since there is a day for every alleged victim class in this country.  I realize that what I just wrote is offensive to members of those victim classes.  That would include all groups of sissies who believe that folks like me are racist, anti-female, anti-black, anti gay, anti-lesbian, anti-trannie, anti-queer, and anti-asexual sorts of fellows.  So be it.  I went in search of what this day might be and I found a couple of articles written in celebration of the day on the internet.  They mostly said the same thing.  Women are oppressed by men, do not earn as much money as men and have fewer opportunities than men to become powerful citizens and members of the ruling class in the Socialist Democracy of Amerika.  I disagree.  Indeed, while looking for articles about how much women are oppressed I found an article that proves just the opposite.  Let me tell you about it.
According to this website, women are integrally related to glaciers.  Now that is not something I would have immediately intuited.  Glaciers are huge and powerful.  If women are related to them then they must be huge and powerful as well.  That fact would argue against the thesis of the Women's Day proponents that women are universally oppressed.  I am not quite sure how women and glaciers are related but I have put my minuscule brain-power to the test and am seeking to understand just how this might be. 
The more I think about the relationship of women to glaciers the more I believe it could be true.  I hear men all the time talk about how the women in their lives "freeze them out," just like a glacier would do.  I also seem to recall some song from the 70s or 80s, by a band I do not remember the name of, called "Cold as Ice."  It was about a woman.  And I once saw a commercial for a product called "Icy Hot" that had a woman showing how much rubbing the magic potion on her leg helped her repetitive stress injury feel better.  Regardless, my point is that glaciers are really popular these days.  They show up in the enviro-wacko media all the time as examples of how global warming is going to drown us all some day.  I know for a fact that there are more glaciers in photographs on the internet than there are photographs of Welshmen.  So, to make a completely rational argument, if glaciers are female and glaciers are in the news all the time then it necessarily follows that women are in the news all the time, or at least some sort of woman/feminine creature is in the news all the time.  If women are in the news all the time they clearly cannot be subject to oppression by males.  And if women are not being oppressed by males the entire concept of a International Women's Day is utter nonsense.  Isn't logic wonderful?
I have to quote some of the information I found about how women and glaciers are related for you.  This stuff is truly fascinating.  What I read at the above website is the single best example of how feminist studies have become another branch of university life that is totally disconnected from the real world.  Why there should even be a feminist studies course in the first place is a mystery to me.  There are no Welsh studies classes.  There are no masculine studies courses.  The mere fact that women can get an actual  college degree majoring in themselves does a good job convincing me they are not really being repressed.  Who else can get a degree in himself? 
$412,930 of taxpayer dollars, some of which were mine, were given to the University of Oregon via a federal grant to study a variety of different topics that have no correlation to the real world and that would only be considered important on SDA college campuses.  Tops on the list of things to be studied was a topic entitled "gender and glaciers."  Here are some quotes from the report:
  • "The paper, titled 'Glaciers, gender, and science' and authored by University of Oregon professor Mark Carey, found that 'ice is not just ice' and called on scientists to take a 'feminist political ecology and feminist postcolonial' approach when researching glaciers and climate change."
  • "'Glaciers are key icons of climate change and global environmental change,' Carey wrote. '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 reads."
  • "'Most existing glaciological research -- and hence discourse and discussions about cryospheric change -- stems from information produced by men, about men, with manly characteristics, and within masculinist discourses,' the paper says."
Wow!  Can you think of a better use for almost half a million taxpayer dollars?  I sure can't.  I challenge any human being to interpret any of the things that Carey wrote in the above quotes.  Like I wrote in Monday's post to this blog, concerning Diversity at the University of Tennessee, I recognize that English words are being used but they are put together in such a way as to communicate nothing of substance.   What in the world is "feminist political ecology?"  What are "feminist glaciological frameworks?"  And what in the universe is a "masculinist discourse?"  One thing I do understand from the above quotes is that I want to do everything I can to avoid "human-ice interactions."  Those things are murder.  Just ask anyone who has tried to get through the ice fall on the way to the Western Cwm (a Welsh word by the way....you can tell because it has no vowels) on the standard southern route on Everest. 
All of this scholarly research that I have been reading recently is hurting my brain.  I need some time off.  I am heading to the desert to climb some mountains next week.  See you on March 21st, provided I do not get arrested by a member of the LGBTQIA community for failure to uphold their values or attacked by a postcolonial feminist armed with some dynamic ecological systems designed to injure my masculinist discourses. 

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