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the middle finger

Well well, guess who is funding right wing propaganda on college campuses? Could it be one of the Trump apologist and right wing fringe member Koch brothers? Yes it could.

Not surprisingly they are in support of Alice Dreger who is a controversial figure as a supporter of the Blanchard pseudoscience. The push back is of course coming from trans people who rightfully don't want controversial and unproven theories passed around disguised as scientific fact.

You would not be surprised to learn that these conservative oligarchs are no great friends of LGBT people and neither is Alice Dreger who is most known for her work with intersex people and for giving us the proverbial "middle finger" (pun intended).

From the linked story below:

"On Feb. 13, the self-described ‘apolitical’ Freedom Project produced another controversy by inviting Alice Dreger, a bioethicist and former Northwestern University professor who has done research on transgender and intersex people, to speak. Many students have accused Dreger of promoting transphobic views, such as the theory of autogynephilia, which she promotes on her website.

Students were especially upset because this is the college’s first year with transgender women publicly attending as students, and there have been no other speakers on trans issues. In addition, some students said, she is not a reputable source on her own topic; her positions are not shared by most researchers, and do not match up with the lived experiences of many transgender people. Her “theories have been disproven by several reputable peer-reviewed studies,” said Wellesley student Nick Blinzler in a Facebook post, referencing (among other things) a study by researcher Julia Serano of Berkeley.

The Freedom Project is bringing in Dreger to talk about a controversy she is only tangentially related to, on a disproven theory she has done no actual scientific research on. Just because someone is a reputable academic/authority in one field doesn’t mean they should be brought in as an expert in other, unrelated fields,” Blinzler wrote. Even Sapia, one of the students who spoke at the Dec. 2017 Koch retreat, expressed concern with “how the speakers are selected” in an email to the Wellesley community about Alice Dreger. “My contentions are two fold – both as to the nature of her arguments regarding transgendered people and her academic credibility.” Dreger values her own voice as a researcher over the lived experience of transgender people, and transgender students felt they had no choice but to defend themselves and fight back"


https://thecontemporarygroup.com/2018/02/25/koch-money-campus-complicated/


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