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Jul 10 2018

Latest Intersectional Menace: Petro-Masculinity

Virginia Tech University professor Cara Daggett demonstrates what “higher” education has degenerated into in Millennium: Journal of International Studies with an excretion entitled “Petro-Masculinity: Fossil Fuels and Authoritarian Desire.” Let’s see how many boxes she can check in the intersectional moonbattery checklist in one paragraph of abstract:

As the planet warms, new authoritarian movements in the West are embracing a toxic combination of climate denial, racism and misogyny. Rather than consider these resentments separately, this article interrogates their relationship through the concept of petro-masculinity, which appreciates the historic role of fossil fuel systems in buttressing white patriarchal rule. Petro-masculinity is helpful to understanding how the anxieties aroused by the Anthropocene can augment desires for authoritarianism. The concept of petro-masculinity suggests that fossil fuels mean more than profit; fossil fuels also contribute to making identities, which poses risks for post-carbon energy politics. Moreover, through a psycho-political reading of authoritarianism, I show how fossil fuel use can function as a violent compensatory practice in reaction to gender and climate trouble.

Global warming hoax affirmed, check. Countermoonbats who resist leftist authoritarianism portrayed as authoritarians, check. Skeptics of the hoax dismissed with the ludicrous term “climate denial,” check. Racism blamed, check. Misogyny blamed, check. Fossil fuels (which have lifted millions out of poverty by providing the energy that makes our modern capitalist economy possible) denounced as demonic, check. Hatred of Caucasians, check. Hatred of men (i.e., “patriarchal rule”), check. “Post-carbon” energy politics consisting of corruptly subsidized inefficient idiocy like wind turbines, check. Psychobabble B.S., check. They ought to make Cara a full professor.

In the past, someone this nuts would be given Thorazine and locked in the quiet room. Today, she is probably drawing a six-figure salary for regurgitating this pernicious rubbish, while more serious people labor at useful jobs to pay for it.

If you are tired of working for a living and would rather spew moonbattery instead, there are tools to get you started. The first step is to create a title that grabs attention. I plugged “petro-masculinity” into the Random Academic Essay Title Generator and got this:

Ungendering Polyvocal Intercourse: Metaphor and Malapropism in Petro-Masculinity

That title alone should be good for a government grant. As for creating an entire article

Three MIT graduate students … wrote a simple computer program that churned out gobbledegook and presented it as an academic paper. They put their names on one of the papers, sent it to a conference, and promptly had it accepted.

Generate your own scholarly article for free at SCIgen.

Careful though. So many academics have used SCIgen to create papers, many of which actually get published, that French computer scientist Cyril Labbé wrote a computer program to detect them. Someone ought to run his program on Professor Daggett’s gibberish to see if she wrote it herself or had her computer do it.

On a tip from Byron. Hat tips: Power Line, Campus Reform.

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