This is not a joke. I mean, I guess I should say “this is such a joke!” But the researchers who are making this claim are dead serious. They believe that biology is bigoted because boys can urinate standing up and can therefore learn physics faster than girls.
See what I mean?
TES.com has the details:
Well, the only reason why girls wouldn’t want to take physics is obviously because their potty habits. Everyone knows that.
Playful urination practices – from seeing how high you can pee to games such as Peeball (where men compete using their urine to destroy a ball placed in a urinal) – may give boys an advantage over girls when it comes to physics. And we believe there’s something we can do about it.
No doubt you have some questions, the first is probably: what could possibly lead us to believe this?
Well, for starters, our recent analysis of the kinds of physics questions females generally do worse at than males. Add to that strong evidence for the widespread nature of certain kinds of pee-based game-playing among young (and not-so-young) boys. Finally, throw in our observations on curriculum sequencing and the ways in which formal, mathematically codified physics is often introduced to children and young people.
Let us explain in more detail. The gender gap in physics, and other related subjects including engineering, has long been a cause for concern. This has led to both educational innovations as well as policy interventions such as Change The Equation, Sage and Wise. However, there is little evidence that such campaigns have much effect. For example, Wise was set up in the UK in 1984. In that time, the fraction of female students studying physics in the final two years of school has hovered around 20 per cent.
Good grief, what is wrong with people? Is there anything that hasn’t been touched by the lunacy of identity politics? They are beyond parody at this point!
The researchers continue, “This suggests that there is another reason for young women and girls’ relative under-performance – and it must be one that specifically results in lower facility with projectile motion.”
Yep. You know where they’re going with this. The whole piece is about how girls can overcome their biology and learn science as long as teachers make accommodations.
Who else is sick and tired of people treated girls like they have a disability just because of their biology?
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