“We argue that the conceptual penis is better understood not as an anatomical organ but as a social construct isomorphic to performative toxic masculinity”

Fake article is published, calling for the penis to be seen conceptually, not as a body organ, Debates take off about gender studies and open-access journals
by Scott Jaschik
May 22, 2017

…On Friday, two scholars published a fake article in the journal Cogent Social Sciences. The authors used their fake piece to satirize gender studies. The paper is called “The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct.” The authors quickly went public with their hoax and revealed their identities — they are Peter Boghossian, a professor of philosophy at Portland State University, and James A. Lindsay, the author of four books. “We wrote an absurd paper loosely composed in the style of poststructuralist discursive gender theory. The paper was ridiculous by intention, essentially arguing that penises shouldn’t be thought of as male genital organs but as damaging social constructions,” wrote Boghossian and Lindsay. READ MORE

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