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Just when you think academia can't get any more foolish, some obscure pointy-headed chaps manage to outdo everything that has gone before, and by a distance:

Glaciers, gender, and science: a feminist glaciology framework for global environmental change research

Glaciers are key icons of climate change and global environmental change. However, the relationships among gender, science, and glaciers – particularly related to epistemological questions about the production of glaciological knowledge – remain understudied. This paper thus proposes a feminist glaciology framework with four key components: 1) knowledge producers; (2) gendered science and knowledge; (3) systems of scientific domination; and (4) alternative representations of glaciers. 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.

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"Already among the most vulnerable populations worldwide, women and other marginalized groups have been the most acutely affected by the instabilities propagated by climate change."

That term 'most vulnerable' is a reliable indicator of BS to come. It has become a trigger to me, along with such favourites as 'there is no evidence' and 'arguably'. Marginalized is going to be another. Arguably.

Mar 9, 2016 at 6:41 PM | Unregistered Commenterrhoda

Glaciers are key icons of climate change and global environmental change.

That first sentence, is such vague twaddle only a batsh*7 social scientist could cobble up such utter tripe.

All surface processes, are factors of other terrestrial, oceanic, aeolian, and extra terrestrial forces not least our very own Heliosphere. Altitude, Latitude, Neve accretion and consequent ice accumulation leading to glaciation, glaciers are significant of climate change in; formation as they are in deformation, movement and melting.

No comment on the other guff.

Mar 9, 2016 at 6:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterAthelstan.

I believe that all this type of stuff is caused by the large number of people transiting through the Isle of Lesbos.

Mar 9, 2016 at 7:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Constable

Geoff, I think M Jackson is F.
I feel obliged to point out, in the interests of preserving my reputation, that it certainly isn't me!

Mar 9, 2016 at 7:18 PM | Unregistered CommenterMike Jackson

"Come and get your black bin bags
Doesn't matter 'bout your gender..."

Mar 9, 2016 at 7:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterDavid Schofield

I would recommend that much of what passes for "scientific publications" in the field of Climate Science be published in the Journal of Irreproducible Results except that the JIR requires a sense of humor which is sorely lacking in the CliSci community.

Mar 9, 2016 at 7:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterRayG

We have our own plague of Greedy taxpayer funded loonies in the UK

BBC Radio 4 Womans Hour 9 March 2016 - sex discrimination in toilets

Professor Clara Greed, a specialist in urban planning, on her belief that women's true position is society is reflected in its toilets and why inequality in their provision remains one of the last frontiers to be conquered.

One of the nutter's claims: "if cubicles in mens' and womens' toilets are the same size this is sex descrimination as women need larger cubicles." she did not explain why - or maybe I was banging my head on wall so hard I didn't hear her explantion.

Dr Clara Greed is emerita professor of inclusive urban planning and is now semi-retired but is still active in research, writing and campaigning. She is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and other built environment bodies​. Clara's activities are focused upon the built environment, architecture, planning and urban social issues. She has become infamous for her research and publications on the importance of public toilet provision within the context of urban design and the social aspects of planning. Public toilets are the missing link in creating sustainable, equitable and accessible cities....

My Publications
Greed, C. (2015) Taking women’s bodily functions into account in urban planning and sustainability
Greed, C. (2015) Gender equality and developing world toilet provision
Greed, C. (2014) Public toilet provision, gender and menstruation
Greed, C. and Bichard, J.-A. (2012) Book review: ‘Ladies or gents’: Gender division in toilets
Greed, C. (2002) Public toilets: Gender, religion and practical issues

Gives a new variation to the term "anal retentive"

Mar 9, 2016 at 8:27 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

The Bish & golfcharlie are days behind in their reading .

The latter asks :"Was it a feminist ice berg that struck a blow for the 'cause', by nobbling the Titanic?"


Mar 9, 2016 at 8:36 PM | Unregistered CommenterRussell

Just 3,000 years ago, King Solomon wrote, "It is better to live in a corner of the roof than in a house shared with a contentious woman." (Proverbs of Solomon, chapter 25, verse 24).

First the feminists came for my roof corner, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't hiding in a roof corner.
Then they came for my arctic ice cave, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't hiding in an arctic ice cave.
When they came for my glacier, where I was hiding, there was no was no one left to speak up for me!

Mar 9, 2016 at 8:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterDean_from_Ohio

Pcar, for a while I was lumbered with a health and safety job. Eventually they hired somone but some of the job I handed over to a mate. We were discussing ladies sanitation arrangements at lunch and were somewhat embarassed when the boss wanted an explanation about what we were talking about. His expression said he didn't want to know about the intricacies of the tight fit of disposal bins in the cubicles. The discussion continued and I warned my mate not to use a particular company when the contract was up. My mate said 'does the contract run for the whole period?' I smirked but didn't detect a hint of a joke in his eyes but at the long pause he sudden;y got what I was sniggering about. One by one the guys at the table reviewed the conversation and started laughing until only the boss was in the dark.

Much like may boss asking what we were all laughing about, accept that sometimes when you ask a question, nobody wants to talk about it and just hope you're grown up enough to work it out for yourself.

Mar 9, 2016 at 9:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

Design guidance for toilet cubicles, makes no allowance for different sizes of men or women. Toilets designed to be 'Accessible' are also designed on the basis of equality between the sexes. Special groups, such as children, may require adaptions to cope with the shorter distance between their buttocks and floor level.

Some men may claim they need more space to swing about, but I am unaware of any special adaptions being made.

Mar 9, 2016 at 9:58 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

If there is any substance in this, then us men are due for the biggest cold shoulder in history.

Mar 9, 2016 at 10:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterPeter Melia

Fortunately, complete waste of time, money, effort, and oxygen, is not gender discriminatory.

I expect the boys behind this prank will attract some admiring glances from the opposite sex, next time they have a belly full of beers on a lads night out, preying on the gullible.

Mar 10, 2016 at 12:09 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Feminism is just so "now", the next wave of research is already building far off to shore, in 6 months it will "Post-colonial symbols and climate change, how to realign today's post-modern environmental concerns with the...etc etc..."

Sorry, you're way too late. The "racist" and "colonialist" nature of science has already been comprehensively "discovered".

White is not "neutral." "Pure" reason is lily white, as if white is not a color or is closest to the purity of the sun, and everything else is "˜colored." Purification is a name for terror and deportation, and "white" is a thick, dense, potent cultural signifier that is closely linked to rationalism and colonialism. What is not white is not rational. - Prof. John Caputo, philosophy and religion professor at Syracuse University.

Mar 10, 2016 at 2:15 AM | Unregistered CommenterRick Bradford


as prime a case of "merging feminist post-colon-ial science studies" as I've ever seen

Mar 10, 2016 at 8:53 AM | Unregistered CommenterGras Albert

I was very pleased to see writer, Ursula LeGuin, given as a reference. The book is a great read and deals with complex gender issues! But it's science FICTION...

Mar 10, 2016 at 10:23 AM | Unregistered CommenterChristian

I don't think it would be necessary to read the actual paper to have a fair idea of its utility. Unlike Truthseeker, I chose not to read it and the simple reason I would have that position is this - if you want to be taken seriously, write seriously. Framing anything in science in "gender specific" terms is not being serious, but I will admit it was "cute" enough to sucker financial support. But cute, witty, or gender specific, is not going to get my attention as a serious piece worth the time it would take to read and digest it.

Mar 10, 2016 at 3:34 PM | Unregistered CommenterTom O

All more re-arranging the deckchairs.....

Mar 11, 2016 at 10:22 AM | Unregistered CommenterVernon E

From a post above:

Fantastic! Finally an admission that they are "promoting unaccountability"


Mar 11, 2016 at 2:16 PM | Unregistered CommenterFirefoxx

If only she had managed to work in Land Rights for Gay Whales it would have a Grand Slam.

Mar 13, 2016 at 11:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterMjw

Fantastic. I had thought this type of Marxist gobblydegook was limited to the so called social sciences. For a critique of jargon/polemic masquerading as sense, the link below - from a self confessed leftie is worth a look.

Mar 14, 2016 at 6:42 AM | Unregistered CommenterMike Houlding

It must be the heat.

Mar 24, 2016 at 9:55 AM | Unregistered CommenterSpeedOfDark

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