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7 Hoax Articles accepted for publication in various journals

#1  Postby I'm With Stupid » Oct 04, 2018 3:34 pm

A long read, but it's an account of three people who managed to get clearly ridiculous research studies published in journals dedicated to what they collectively referred to as 'grievance studies.'

Here are some highlights of the ones that were accepted and/or published:

Human Reactions to Rape Culture and Queer Performativity in Urban Dog Parks in Portland, Oregon

Thesis: That dog parks are rape-condoning spaces and a place of rampant canine rape culture and systemic oppression against “the oppressed dog” through which human attitudes to both problems can be measured. This provides insight into training men out of the sexual violence and bigotry to which they are prone.

Published by Gender, Place, and Culture


Title: Who Are They to Judge?: Overcoming Anthropometry and a Framework for Fat Bodybuilding

Thesis: That it is only oppressive cultural norms which make society regard the building of muscle rather than fat admirable and that bodybuilding and activism on behalf of the fat could be benefited by including fat bodies displayed in non-competitive ways.

Published by Fat Studies


Going in Through the Back Door: Challenging Straight Male Homohysteria and Transphobia through Receptive Penetrative Sex Toy Use

Thesis: That it is suspicious that men rarely anally self-penetrate using sex toys, and that this is probably due to fear of being thought homosexual (“homohysteria”) and bigotry against trans people (transphobia). (It combines these ideas into a novel concept “transhysteria,” which was suggested by one of the paper’s peer reviewers.) Encouraging them to engage in receptive penetrative anal eroticism will decrease transphobia and increase feminist values.

Published by Sexuality and Culture


An Ethnography of Breastaurant Masculinity: Themes of Objectification, Sexual Conquest, Male Control, and Masculine Toughness in a Sexually Objectifying Restaurant

Thesis: That men frequent “breasturants” like Hooters because they are nostalgic for patriarchal dominance and enjoy being able to order attractive women around. The environment that breastaurants provide for facilitating this encourages men to identify sexual objectification and sexual conquest, along with masculine toughness and male dominance, with “authentic masculinity.” The data are clearly nonsense and conclusions drawn from it are unwarranted by it. (NB. One reviewer did raise concerns about the rigor of the data)

Published by Sex Roles


When the Joke Is on You: A Feminist Perspective on How Positionality Influences Satire

Thesis: That academic hoaxes or other forms of satirical or ironic critique of social justice scholarship are unethical, characterized by ignorance and rooted in a desire to preserve privilege.

Accepted by Hypatia: A Study of Feminist Philosophy


Moon Meetings and the Meaning of Sisterhood: A Poetic Portrayal of Lived Feminist Spirituality

Thesis: No clear thesis. A rambling poetic monologue of a bitter, divorced feminist, much of which was produced by a teenage angst poetry generator before being edited into something slightly more “realistic” which is then interspersed with self-indulgent autoethnographical reflections on female sexuality and spirituality written entirely in slightly under six hours.

Accepted by the Journal of Poetry Therapy


Our Struggle is My Struggle: Solidarity Feminism as an Intersectional Reply to Neoliberal and Choice Feminism

That feminism which foregrounds individual choice and responsibility and female agency and strength can be countered by a feminism which unifies in solidarity around the victimhood of the most marginalized women in society.

Accepted by Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work


That last one is based on Mein Kampf.

They had to finish the study early because the Wall Street Journal were on to them when one of their fake academics was rumbled, but they already got 7 accepted or published by that point.

I don't really know enough about the areas of study to know whether these are considered crappy fringe journals or are generally well-respected in their fields, but a quick look suggests that the people publishing articles in them are all employed at proper universities. It'll be interesting to see the response.

Here's something of a rebuttal in the Washington Post.
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Re: 7 Hoax Articles accepted for publication in various journals

#2  Postby Hermit » Oct 04, 2018 3:44 pm

The Sokal affair. Apapper by physics professor Alan Socal titled "Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity" proposed that quantum gravity is a social and linguistic construct. :lol:
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#3  Postby Thomas Eshuis » Oct 04, 2018 7:23 pm

I'm With Stupid wrote:A long read, but it's an account of three people who managed to get clearly ridiculous research studies published in journals dedicated to what they collectively referred to as 'grievance studies.'

Here are some highlights of the ones that were accepted and/or published:

Human Reactions to Rape Culture and Queer Performativity in Urban Dog Parks in Portland, Oregon

Thesis: That dog parks are rape-condoning spaces and a place of rampant canine rape culture and systemic oppression against “the oppressed dog” through which human attitudes to both problems can be measured. This provides insight into training men out of the sexual violence and bigotry to which they are prone.

Published by Gender, Place, and Culture


Title: Who Are They to Judge?: Overcoming Anthropometry and a Framework for Fat Bodybuilding

Thesis: That it is only oppressive cultural norms which make society regard the building of muscle rather than fat admirable and that bodybuilding and activism on behalf of the fat could be benefited by including fat bodies displayed in non-competitive ways.

Published by Fat Studies


Going in Through the Back Door: Challenging Straight Male Homohysteria and Transphobia through Receptive Penetrative Sex Toy Use

Thesis: That it is suspicious that men rarely anally self-penetrate using sex toys, and that this is probably due to fear of being thought homosexual (“homohysteria”) and bigotry against trans people (transphobia). (It combines these ideas into a novel concept “transhysteria,” which was suggested by one of the paper’s peer reviewers.) Encouraging them to engage in receptive penetrative anal eroticism will decrease transphobia and increase feminist values.

Published by Sexuality and Culture


An Ethnography of Breastaurant Masculinity: Themes of Objectification, Sexual Conquest, Male Control, and Masculine Toughness in a Sexually Objectifying Restaurant

Thesis: That men frequent “breasturants” like Hooters because they are nostalgic for patriarchal dominance and enjoy being able to order attractive women around. The environment that breastaurants provide for facilitating this encourages men to identify sexual objectification and sexual conquest, along with masculine toughness and male dominance, with “authentic masculinity.” The data are clearly nonsense and conclusions drawn from it are unwarranted by it. (NB. One reviewer did raise concerns about the rigor of the data)

Published by Sex Roles


When the Joke Is on You: A Feminist Perspective on How Positionality Influences Satire

Thesis: That academic hoaxes or other forms of satirical or ironic critique of social justice scholarship are unethical, characterized by ignorance and rooted in a desire to preserve privilege.

Accepted by Hypatia: A Study of Feminist Philosophy


Moon Meetings and the Meaning of Sisterhood: A Poetic Portrayal of Lived Feminist Spirituality

Thesis: No clear thesis. A rambling poetic monologue of a bitter, divorced feminist, much of which was produced by a teenage angst poetry generator before being edited into something slightly more “realistic” which is then interspersed with self-indulgent autoethnographical reflections on female sexuality and spirituality written entirely in slightly under six hours.

Accepted by the Journal of Poetry Therapy


Our Struggle is My Struggle: Solidarity Feminism as an Intersectional Reply to Neoliberal and Choice Feminism

That feminism which foregrounds individual choice and responsibility and female agency and strength can be countered by a feminism which unifies in solidarity around the victimhood of the most marginalized women in society.

Accepted by Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work


That last one is based on Mein Kampf.

They had to finish the study early because the Wall Street Journal were on to them when one of their fake academics was rumbled, but they already got 7 accepted or published by that point.

I don't really know enough about the areas of study to know whether these are considered crappy fringe journals or are generally well-respected in their fields, but a quick look suggests that the people publishing articles in them are all employed at proper universities. It'll be interesting to see the response.

Here's something of a rebuttal in the Washington Post.

None of those publishers are known to me, so I wouldn't know whether they're respectable or not.
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#4  Postby I'm With Stupid » Oct 04, 2018 7:54 pm

Thomas Eshuis wrote:None of those publishers are known to me, so I wouldn't know whether they're respectable or not.

The WSJ article suggested that 2 of the 7 were fairly mainstream in their respective fields. I don't know which two.
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#5  Postby Matt_B » Oct 05, 2018 1:47 am

There's probably only so mainstream you can get in fields like feminist geography, but these are all journals where articles are peer reviewed published at their expense and access is restricted by subscription. As such, it's a level above things like SciGen and the Sokal hoax.

That said, I think their choice of journals probably tells us more about their politics than any problems particular to those areas of academia. You could probably perpetuate this kind of hoax in any field, because peer review tends to assume good faith and that if your references check out, your diagrams and tables are free of obvious errors, and you take care not to cross any established paradigms in your writing, you'll probably get published. You'd need something rather better than SciGen for the top hard science journals, but I wouldn't think it impossible. Andrew Wakefield, perhaps?

After all, getting published doesn't equate to getting wider acceptance and papers are frequently challenged after publication, with back and forth responses that can continue for several years. It's perhaps worth noting that their hoax was rumbled precisely because a paper that had mange to reach a wider audience - albeit thanks to the promotional efforts of the journal that had been conned into accepting it - was subsequently challenged. The system, it would appear, works; just not always in the way that some people think it should.
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#6  Postby Spinozasgalt » Oct 05, 2018 2:26 am

The only one of those journals I've heard of is Hypatia. And it was the same journal where that Tuvel nonsense was published and said journal subsequently received heavy criticism from feminists and others for its review process (it also drew defenses from more conservative voices *cough*).

Tried reading the article, but it just turns into a rant about feminism and such. Couldn't connect the results from the process to their conclusions. Went to the bottom and saw who the authors are. Nah, not for me.
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#7  Postby I'm With Stupid » Nov 05, 2018 7:16 am

Interview on Joe Rogan's podcast, if anyone's interested.

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