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I would like to know how other radfems navigate the current academic world of social science with all the gender ideology that is prevalent in it (at least it is in my field). I study criminology, and gender ideology kinda seems like an untouchable topic. When I wrote a paper on reproductive justice within the criminal justice system, I was advised by my professor to not use the words "woman" or "female". Any time I bring up women's issues in class, it is met by "well, how does this apply to people who identify as something other than cis?" Male violence is an extremely relevant thing to discuss, and discuss accurately, but so far, I haven't heard of anybody studying gender ideology in criminology and the harms that it poses for women. Perhaps because they know they'll be blacklisted if they do. Instead, everyone is focusing on "queer criminology" and how trans people are so oppressed by the criminal justice system by not having their gender feeling affirmed. There's kind of this implicit rule that nobody is allowed to question or criticize it.

In addition, "sex work" is also a hot topic, where everyone (at least at my institution) is jumping on the bandwagon of it being empowering and a social good, but I seem to be the only person against it and knowledgeable about the subject. Despite my multiple attempts at educating people about it, everyone still refers to prostitution as "sex work", and while the women in my cohort have not challenged my expertise in the topic (I've interned at several organizations that dealt with trafficking and prostitution), I had one man try to prove me wrong by sending me a John Oliver segment. Cue the eye roll.

Is this happening in other social sciences or is this limited to criminology/sociology? Have any of you women been successful at challenging it without being outright kicked out of programs or fired?

I would like to know how other radfems navigate the current academic world of social science with all the gender ideology that is prevalent in it (at least it is in my field). I study criminology, and gender ideology kinda seems like an untouchable topic. When I wrote a paper on reproductive justice within the criminal justice system, I was advised by my professor to not use the words "woman" or "female". Any time I bring up women's issues in class, it is met by "well, how does this apply to people who identify as something other than cis?" Male violence is an extremely relevant thing to discuss, and discuss accurately, but so far, I haven't heard of anybody studying gender ideology in criminology and the harms that it poses for women. Perhaps because they know they'll be blacklisted if they do. Instead, everyone is focusing on "queer criminology" and how trans people are so oppressed by the criminal justice system by not having their gender feeling affirmed. There's kind of this implicit rule that nobody is allowed to question or criticize it. In addition, "sex work" is also a hot topic, where everyone (at least at my institution) is jumping on the bandwagon of it being empowering and a social good, but I seem to be the only person against it and knowledgeable about the subject. Despite my multiple attempts at educating people about it, everyone still refers to prostitution as "sex work", and while the women in my cohort have not challenged my expertise in the topic (I've interned at several organizations that dealt with trafficking and prostitution), I had one man try to prove me wrong by sending me a John Oliver segment. Cue the eye roll. Is this happening in other social sciences or is this limited to criminology/sociology? Have any of you women been successful at challenging it without being outright kicked out of programs or fired?

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What you write here is odd but also not odd. My coursemate and I graduated at the same time (humanities, not social science) but she now works in law enforcement, and there, the idea of gender identity is given short shrift. It isn't all roses by any means as legal sex changes do present challenges to the data but the dominant position is that to class trans women as women or to not think specifically about women's issues and needs just distorts the data, especially where sexual offences are concerned. There's zero interest in 'queering' anything. On the one hand, that's fairly unsurprising given how academia has been so terribly captured by queer theory and gender ideology (I remember, it was this bad before I graduated...) On the other hand, it kind of is, given how many law enforcement agencies seem to be routinely weaponised against women by gender ideologues...

We both started in the 'be nice' position but TERFed out for different reasons...

It's not what you asked for but the difference between theory and praxis stands out to me a lot, and the world she describes when we do meet for coffee seems increasingly a breath of fresh air compared to what I see online.

Unfortunately, its not uncommon in the academic side of criminal justice. There's quite a bit of a rift between academics and criminal justice practitioners, where people in law enforcement disregard a lot of research because it doesn't reflect their "personal experience". But the American Society of Criminology has a Division of Queer Criminology, and one of my classes had a section devoted to "queer methods".

It's incredibly ridiculous.

I'm glad to hear that about law enforcement. Is your friend in a blue area or a red one?

Neither - we're Asian.

I do wonder if FOIA requests can show how committed to gender ideology the police really are, but perhaps that's too optimistic.