A new definition of engineering

Chuckles sends this:

Toni Airaksinen notes an interesting expansion of the Clown Quarter ethos

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?

8 comments for “A new definition of engineering

  1. The Blocked Dwarf
    December 14, 2017 at 11:43

    On a similar note, sorta, kinda: https://trends.google.co.uk/trends/yis/2017/GLOBAL/?autoplay=1

    People needed to know how to make a protest sign….really?

    I think I shall switchover to using Dogpooh or whatever it is called.

  2. December 14, 2017 at 12:35

    Do away with heteronormative rigour, eh? It is but one way to ensure that Trump never gets to build another tower – that stands.

  3. Lord T
    December 14, 2017 at 12:48

    Any idea which buildings she has built with her new method. I’ll avoid them and we should put the SJWs there. Same with bridges and everything else.

  4. dearieme
    December 14, 2017 at 16:05

    It’s hard to tell whether such people are just poor, wee madwomen, or ruthless careerists. They could be both, I suppose.

  5. December 14, 2017 at 16:20

    Definitely food for thought, boys.

  6. Marty
    December 14, 2017 at 22:13

    With engineers like her we could have more ‘engineering marvels’ like this one from 1940:

  7. December 14, 2017 at 23:47

    I think it’s wonderful. Of course all the buildings these people build will collapse, but we have to learn to welcome change. It’s not so much that the buildings will collapse, they’ll simply be transforming themselves into something else.

    I’m starting to look forward to the end of western civilisation.

  8. December 15, 2017 at 03:46


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