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."
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.