Social justice has even infected the venerated ranks of science, once a bastion of rational thoughts that has now become the battleground for a feminist researcher with the University of Arizona to air her belief that Newtonian physics is oppressive and hateful, The College Fix reported.
Whitney Stark, who is affiliated with UAâ€™s Institute for LGBT Studies, has proposed a new field of â€śintersectional quantum physicsâ€ť that seeks to combine the buzzy feminist concept of intersectionality with the hard science of quantum physics. Doing so, Stark wrote in a journal published by Duke University Press, will increase understanding of â€śmarginalized peopleâ€ť and create â€śsafer spacesâ€ť for those disenfranchised science students.
The paper, titled â€śAssembled Bodies: Reconfiguring Quantum Identities,â€ť goes on to contend that since quantum physics has helped shape our scientific understanding of how the world works, it is also a complicit force behind such ills like racism, sexism, and white supremacy. Because those things also happened in a world governed by science. Or something.
â€śThis structural thinking of individualized separatism with binary and absolute differences as the basis for how the universe works is embedded in many structures of classification,â€ť Stark wrote, suggesting that physics has played a role in creating divisions â€“ like the male/female binary â€“ that are â€śhierarchical and exploitative.â€ť
Although it is ostensibly about Science, Starkâ€™s paper goes off the rails into familiar SJW territory on multiple occasions. She makes the tenuous argument that quantum physics is somehow responsible for underplaying the role that â€śblack/African American womenâ€™s organizing and writingâ€ť played in the United States feminist movement.
She also argues for reverse affirmative action (negative action?) by suggesting that white people should actively be removed from certain academic scenarios.
â€śFor instance, I, being white, should not be in all spaces, positions of authority, or meetings,â€ť Stark claims, because by just being there in her oppressive white body, she might â€śstallâ€ť a progressive movement.
Stark holds a masterâ€™s degree in â€śCyborg and Post Colonial Theoryâ€ť from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands; it is not clear whether she is actually educated in the realm of quantum physics at all.