Chuckles sends this:
The leader of Purdue University’s School of Engineering Education recently declared that academic “rigour” reinforces “white male heterosexual privilege.”
“One of rigour’s purposes is, to put it bluntly, a thinly veiled assertion of white male (hetero)sexuality,” she writes, explaining that rigour “has a historical lineage of being about hardness, stiffness, and erectness; its sexual connotations — and links to masculinity in particular — are undeniable.”
“She” writes? Engineering? All right, let’s leave that to one side for now. Let’s accept that a female trailblazer can be an engineer and even become a “Doctor” somehow.
How though? Well, a clue is in this quote:
To fight [excessive masculinity], [Dr.] Riley calls for engineering programmes to “do away with” the notion of academic rigour completely, saying, “This is not about reinventing rigour for everyone, it is about doing away with the concept altogether so we can welcome other ways of knowing. Other ways of being. It is about criticality and reflexivity.”
That’s engineering, is it?