(Disclaimer: I'm not an academic - please feel free to correct any falsehoods or misinterpretations. Also, not sure if this is the correct circle, mods - please advise if not!)
I've been thinking about this a lot lately, as I'm sure many of you have as well. It's been alarming to see how well & widely gender ideology has been accepted in universities and academic circles - at least in woke Western countries/cities.
I never went to uni but I always considered it a place where young people learn critical thinking, analysis, backing their own standpoint in a well-researched manner etc. Well, up until recently. Universities and many prestigious academic publications have caved in to the trans cult and while some debate is still allowed, it has become increasingly difficult for people to oppose the gender dogma.
I'm personally interested in how this was allowed to happen in the first place, but I'm perhaps even more curious (or anxious...) to figure out how all of this can be reversed in years to come. I know I'm jumping ahead but anyway.
Kids are being taught anti-science trans doctrines and baseless reality denial from very early on nowadays. Young people in universities are also buying into this pseudo progressive groupthink in swathes. How will this shape our view with regards to education at large, and even more so, how is it going to change the public's views about studies & research and highly educated people? I tend to think we're sowing the seeds of mistrust already, by indoctrinating (and effectively brainwashing) youngsters to believe in falsehoods. Am I overreacting here?
I feel like the "post-truth" era has begun already, with all the 'fake news' et cetera, but instead of backing out of it it looks like we're actually accelerating towards a more preposterous, lie-filled world as we speak. How are we supposed to change the course? How are people going to trust academic studies and processes in the future if we allow this to continue? How can we urge people to think for themselves again, to question things without fear of cancellation and public humiliation? To maintain their natural curiosity and contest each other's (and their own) ideas? What will need to happen in higher education especially to back out of this black-and-white type of thinking?
Now, I know that dissidents exist in these circles already and they're simply afraid to speak out, but there are also numerous people who have bought into this gender mania wholeheartedly - how will this shape our educational establishments on a larger scale, and how long will it take to revert it? Are we in danger of falling into some kind of idiocracy, where academia in general has lost its plot so completely that the "regular Jane(/Joe)" no longer believes what well-studied people are saying? Where they are not even interested in what is being discussed as it has become so obviously nonsensical?
Again - am I simply overreacting here? I sure hope I am but I still feel uncertain. What are your opinions on this? What's the aftermath going to look like from this perspective? Will things fall back into normal or do we perhaps need to renovate the system somehow, all things considered?