It’s no secret that the government loves to waste money on unnecessary things. After all, why worry about spending when you’re spending other people’s money. This is the latest example of a useless study funded by we the taxpayers.
The University of Oregon received $412,000 from the National Science Foundation to publish a paper entitled “Glaciers, Gender, and Science – A feminist glaciology framework for global environmental climate change.”
If you’re skeptical of the name and believe that it may be a study that might somehow contribute something worthwhile to society, you’re wrong. In fact, the abstract reads, in part:
“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.”
Here’s another passage from the report:
“Feminist glaciology builds from feminist postcolonial science studies, analyzing not only gender dynamics and situated knowledges, but also alternative knowledges and folk glaciologies that are generally marginalized through colonialism, imperialism, inequality, unequal power relations, patriarchy, and the domination of Western science (Harding, 2009).”
The primary writer of the paper, Mark Carey says that the purpose of the study is to “provide more of a human story about how shrinking glaciers, warming temperatures, changing precipitation, how that plays out for different people.”
If you’re still not quite sure what this study is about, it’s okay. You’re not alone. We can only hope that its results and benefits are worth $412,000… but let’s not hold our breath.