Twenty-one years ago, Alan Sokal’s “Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravityâ€œ proved that you could get a paper employing total gibberish to contend that gravity is a social construct published in a prominent social science journal.
A couple of philosophers using non-de-plumes just performed the same experiment successfully again, demonstrating that you need only cloak the most ridiculous nonsense with a bunch of post-structuralist jargon and your paper will be accepted by a prominent British social sciences journal.
Here are some sample passages from this peer-reviewed paper:
Still, even as a social construct, the conceptual penis is hopelessly dominated by recalcitrant social constructions that favor hypermasculine interpretations of the penis as a notion unjustly associated with high male value (Schwalbe & Wolkomir, 2001). Many cisgendered hypermasculine males, for instance, seem to identify those aspects of their masculinity upon which they most obviously depend with the notion that they carry their penis as a symbol of male power, domination, control, capability, desirability, and aggression (The National Coalition for Men â€œcompile[d] a list of synonyms for the word penis [sic],â€ these include the terms â€œbeaver basher,â€ â€œcranny axe,â€ â€œcustard launcher,â€ â€œdagger,â€ â€œheat-seeking moisture missile,â€ â€œmayo shooting hotdog gun,â€ â€œpork sword,â€ and â€œyogurt shotgunâ€ ). Based upon an appreciable corpus of feminist literature on the penis, this troubling identification results in an effective isomorphism linking the conceptual penis with toxic hypermasculinity. …
Nowhere more does this problematic construction compare than with the â€œhegemonic masculinity and cultural constructionâ€ presented in the â€œessence of the hard-onâ€ (Potts, 2000). Potts (2000) illustrates that the functioning (or lack thereof) of the [conceptual] penis â€œdemonstrates the inscription on individual male bodies of a coital imperative: the surface of the male body interfuses with culture to produce the â€˜fictionâ€™ of a dysfunctional nonpenetrative male (hetero)sexuality.â€ This is clear power-dynamical repositioning to alleviate the internal psychological struggle of weakness via hypermasculinity and an essential fear of weakness that characterizes hypermasculinity itself. We therefore further agree with Potts that â€œby relinquishing the penisâ€™s executive position in sex, male bodies might become differently inscribed, and coded for diverse pleasures beyond the phallus/penis,â€ and we insist that understanding the objective isomorphic mapping between phallus and (conceptual) penis is a necessary discursive element to changing the prevailing penile social paradigm. The constructed intersection of the anatomical penis and the performative conceptual penis defines the problematic relationship masculinity presents for male bodies and their impacts upon women in our pre-post-patriarchal societies. …
2.2. Climate change and the conceptual penis
Nowhere are the consequences of hypermasculine machismo braggadocio isomorphic identification with the conceptual penis more problematic than concerning the issue of climate change. Climate change is driven by nothing more than it is by certain damaging themes in hypermasculinity that can be best understood via the dominant rapacious approach to climate ecology identifiable with the conceptual penis. Our planet is rapidly approaching the much-warned-about 2Â°C climate change threshold, and due to patriarchal power dynamics that maintain present capitalist structures, especially with regard to the fossil fuel industry, the connection between hypermasculine dominance of scientific, political, and economic discourses and the irreparable damage to our ecosystem is made clear.
Destructive, unsustainable hegemonically male approaches to pressing environmental policy and action are the predictable results of a raping of nature by a male-dominated mindset. This mindset is best captured by recognizing the role of the conceptual penis holds over masculine psychology. When it is applied to our natural environment, especially virgin environments that can be cheaply despoiled for their material resources and left dilapidated and diminished when our patriarchal approaches to economic gain have stolen their inherent worth, the extrapolation of the rape culture inherent in the conceptual penis becomes clear. At best, climate change is genuinely an example of hyper-patriarchal society metaphorically manspreading into the global ecosystem.