From Toni Airaksinen at Campus Reform:
Based on interviews with 8 female STEM students, two professors recently concluded that “masculine” norms are to blame for the lack of female STEM graduates.
According to the professors, these masculine norms include “asking good questions,” “capacity for abstract thought and rational thought processes,” “motivation,” “independent” thinking, and a relatively low fear of failure.
Further, the professors contend that the time-consuming nature of STEM coursework also inhibits female success, since a tough course load reinforces “the masculine ideal of working an unlimited number of hours based on the unencumbered male body.”
To fight this, Parson and Ozaki spell out a few recommendations for STEM programs, saying for instance that academic departments should “redefine success by changing expectations,” such as letting women write down questions instead of asking them out-loud. They also recommended that more women are hired, but notably did not mention any concerns over merit. More.
Reality check: In short, we should dumb down STEM so as to include more women. Merit is not a meaningful concept in a post-modern environment.
I haven’t heard that this is a spoof.
Many people believe that people like these profs are not serious. History shows that they are usually much more serious than their opponents, and that is the main reason they win.
There is no law that says science or anything else must thrive. Cultures, including science cultures, grow and decay. Post-modernism is certainly shaping up as a period of decay.
Failure will be the norm but no one will be allowed to see failure as a problem.
See also: The Rigor Mortis Of Science: The War On Measurement Itself Has Commenced
and The war on freedom is rotting our intellectual life: Intersectionality