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Feminist Scientists Say Citing Straight, White Scholars Is 'Oppressive'

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Two feminist professors have called for an end to citing straight, white, able-bodied male academics because doing so allegedly oppresses women and people of color.

University of Waterloo professor Daniel Cockayne and Rutgers University professor Carrie Mott have both claimed that citing only white scholars leads to “white hetero-masculinity.”

As previously reported in the Washington Post, these "feminist scientists" argue that promoting white male scholars through the use of citations “oppresses diverse voices and bolsters the status of already privileged and established white male scholars" and "does a disservice not only to researchers and writers who are othered by 'white hetero-masculinism.'"

Essentially, these ladies think scholars shouldn't be cited based on their credibility or grasp of subject matter, but rather on their skin color, gender, and general "otherness."

But studies show any gender disparity in scholarly research isn't caused by the oppressive patriarchy; it's probably based on simple demographics. According to the American Association of Geographers, only 37 percent of geography professors are women, and just 33 percent of papers relating to geography were written by women. On a secondary school level, male geography teachers outnumber their female counterparts 59 to 41.

The AAG also found that 72 percent of all working professionals in the field of geography are male, while only 28 percent are female.

Not that statistics or actual numbers relating to participation in the workforce or academia have anything to do with feminist talking points. 

When questioned by Campus Reform on whether the disparity in citations had any connection to women being a minority in human geography academia, Mott's responded, "[T]he point we are trying to make is that important research done by traditionally marginalized voices…is often ignored by 'mainstream' and very well-established scholars—which means, in geography at least, white male Marxists."