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You know what doesn't have enough politics and political correctness injected into it? Physics. Whitney Stark aims to fix that by taking aim at white cis shitlord Issac Newton's works.

Why does this have to be done to everything T_T. We could be going into space but nope were fucking around with making physics politically correct. What's next Jewish Physics?

Stark identifies “classical Newtonian physics” as one of the guiding sciences at the heights of Western imperialism, “which identifies separated beings and absolute differences between particles and waves, space and time.”



‘Binary and absolute differences’ relate to ‘exploitative structures’

A feminist academic from the Netherlands has written an article melding the worlds of quantum physics and intersectionality in a journal published by Duke University Press.

Whitney Stark argues in support of “combining intersectionality and quantum physics” to create “different perspectives on organizing practices” conducted by “marginalized people,” and to enable “safer spaces,” in the latest issue of The Minnesota Review.

She is a listed as a “current researcher” in the Somatechnics Research Network, hosted by the University of Arizona, whose scholars “reflect on the mutual inextricability of embodiment and technology.”

Stark identifies “classical Newtonian physics” as one of the guiding sciences at the heights of Western imperialism, “which identifies separated beings and absolute differences between particles and waves, space and time.”

“This structural thinking of individualized separatism with binary and absolute differences as the basis for how the universe works… is embedded in many structures of classification,” according to Stark.

These structures of classification, which separate humans, include gender (such as male or female) and national borders, according to Stark.

Stark goes on to argue that “the arbitrary exceptionalism or fetishizing understanding of (human) bodies as segmented integrities … is part of the apparatus that enables oppression.

“This is biopolitical.”

‘I, being white, should not be in all spaces’

Stark also argues that the tendency to categorize people has historically hurt activism efforts by small minority groups, since their efforts are often subsumed or overshadowed by dominant identity groups.

The problems that arise when small minority groups are overshadowed by larger identity groups can be seen clearly when considering black feminist history.

“For instance, in many ‘official’ feminist histories of the United States, black/African American women’s organizing and writing are completely unaccounted for before the 1973 creation of the middle-class, professional National Black Feminist Organization,” Stark writes.

This happened because of “the frequent subsuming of intersectional identities under supposedly encompassing meta-identities,” namely, the tendency for black feminist resistance efforts to be subsumed under the broader category of feminism.

Therefore, the efforts of black feminists were often denied legitimacy within the popular press — all due to black women’s classification within binary hierarchies that privileged white women and whiteness, and therefore negated black women’s existence and efforts.

Stark also argues that by “deprioritizing” privileged people, “safer spaces” could be created. She gives the example of “deprioritizing” herself.

“For instance, I, being white, should not be in all spaces, positions of authority, or meetings,” she said, because her presence could “stall” movements towards progress.

Stark concludes her paper by hoping that the apparatuses of oppression change.

“Perhaps with the additional alliances of these thought structures and terminologies, apparatuses can shift toward differing energy gatherings that help to enable space for difference from/for/by difference,” she wrote.

The article was published in the “Critical Special Focus” section of the journal, which in this issue is devoted to “New Materialist Genealogies.” The Minnesota Review, which is managed out of Virginia Tech, also has a creative-writing section. The editors did not respond to a request for comment on their decision to accept the article for publication.

Stark did not respond to multiple email and Facebook requests for comment from The College Fix before this article was published.

Declined to clarify

Her precise academic affiliations and educational background remain unclear.

In an extended back-and-forth with The Fix after this article was published, Stark declined to clarify the mix of positions and affiliations on university pages that mention her, saying her LinkedIn profile explains it.

She said she does not have an appointment with the University of Arizona. UA’s Institute for LGBT Studies lists her on its “Somatechnics Research Associates” index page and says her “department” is women’s and gender studies.

It’s not clear whether that refers to a department at UA or Utrecht University, where Stark’s humanities staff page calls her an “affiliate researcher” in gender studies.

Stark told The Fix she is a “researcher affiliated” with Utrecht, though her LinkedIn page does not mention any current or former research position tied to Utrecht. It says she received her master’s degree in gender and ethnicity from “GEMMA/Central European University/Utrecht University” in 2013. Utrecht did not respond to a Fix query about Stark’s status there.

Her only current position on LinkedIn is “Media and Communications Consultant, Freelance.”

Stark also told The Fix she does not have a master’s degree in “Cyborg and Post Colonial Theory.” Her current LinkedIn page says she has “MA/ECTS credits” (master’s degree and European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System credits) from “Network Of Interdisciplinary Women’s Studies in Europe, Utrecht University,” in 2009.

The Fix sent Stark three queries about whether she had any master’s degree in any subject. She declined to clarify.

She declined to answer whether she has any academic experience in physics. “You have more than enough information to create a factual article,” she said.

CORRECTION: The article headline and body have been revised to accurately characterize the nature of Whitney Stark’s argument. She argues that “combining intersectionality and quantum physics can provide for differing perspectives on organizing practices long used by marginalized people,” and that doing so can enable “apparatuses that allow for new possibilities of safer spaces, and for practices of accountability” within activism movements. The article initially misstated Stark’s credentials. She has studied Cyborg and Post Colonial Theory at Utrecht University but does not have a master’s degree in the subject.

https://www.thecollegefix.com/post/32830/

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So a woman of dubious credentials and no real connection to any accredited organization has loud, offensive opinions and found someone to air them for her. Interesting.
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TLDR? I don't entirely understand lol
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I agree with this woman, and while we're at it we can upgrade South African iPads to run on African voodoo curse magic instead of electricity and instead of a charger you can hire an African shaman to send a bolt of lightning at the iPad to charge it.

Edit: Sure physics is a bit binary, but it's what's worked so far and it's not going to change until there's a reason to. This entire thing reminds me of that South African university that wanted people to "decolonize their mind" and start science again from scratch and instead from a South African perspective.

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TLDR? I don't entirely understand lol


Physics are too Binary, they need to be more "gender fluid".
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Rujikin wrote:


redokami wrote:

TLDR? I don't entirely understand lol


Physics are too Binary, they need to be more "gender fluid".

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I agree with this woman, and while we're at it we can upgrade South African iPads to run on African voodoo curse magic instead of electricity and instead of a charger you can hire an African shaman to send a bolt of lightning at the iPad to charge it.



African shaman magic is only really good for stealing penises. Go big and pay extra for an American Native shaman instead.
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You know what doesn't have enough politics and political correctness injected into it? Physics. Whitney Stark aims to fix that


I don't see anything in here about fixing anything. Stark seems to be saying that physics can be used as a parallel analogy to help people understand intersectionality.

Which makes a certain degree of sense. I mean, under classical Newtonian physics, we constructed a system of particles that imagined electrons as being in orbit around the nucleus - which is not strictly speaking correct. Instead, the electrons exist in a "quantum probability cloud" thing which I honestly don't entirely understand. Quantum theory is fucked up.

Similarly, we have a notion that a person is either male or female, either black or white, either homosexual or heterosexual. That last one is already conceived as an axis, the Kinsey scale, which has more or less been accepted as a thing that makes sense. Stark's position seems to be that gender and race also exist in a probability cloud, where people are not necessarily this gender and this race all the time, but exist in a probability cloud similar to electrons - we can't say for sure whether this person is male or female, but for a given person there is a certain probability that they are male or female right now. Just like in an atom, there is a certain probability that there is an electron at any arbitrary point right now.

But I don't know how fucking useful that is. At best, it says "hey, intersectional people are fucked up, just like quantum theory" which might be useful in the sense that it makes people throw up their hands and say "I am done even trying to understand this shit." But the community's primary goal seems to be exploiting their status, rather than making any honest effort to figure out how they fit into society.
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received her master’s degree in gender and ethnicity


Now i can tell my sister that I found something more worthless then an art degree that she got!

I think I am dumber for trying to understand the article. Seems like one of those "if you disagree your a bigot" type of person, and using that as a shield to write whatever crap she can make up.
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Kefkapwnsall wrote:


Rujikin wrote:


redokami wrote:

TLDR? I don't entirely understand lol


Physics are too Binary, they need to be more "gender fluid".

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see how this sounds?
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Nope because trans people aren't the ones telling cis people where to shit
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Nope because trans people aren't the ones telling cis people where to shit


cispeople aren't the onesmaking up imaginary genders like godkin lol
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Nope because trans people aren't the ones telling cis people where to shit


You should probably explain why you said the thing about cis nonsense.

Otherwise it's hard to see it as anything less than an attack on the person's gender identity.





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Both of them have made fun of trans persons dozens of times yet me saying cis nonsense is just as bad
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Both of them have made fun of trans persons dozens of times yet me saying cis nonsense is just as bad


Doesn't matter, you can't just insult someone because of things they've said in the past.


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