Feminist prof: ‘Traditional science’ racist, needs to be replaced with ‘anti-science’ approach

Feminist prof: ‘Traditional science’ racist, needs to be replaced with ‘anti-science’ approach
A feminist professor at the University of California, Davis, says that "traditional science" is racist and needs to be replaced. (Getty Images)

A feminist professor at the University of California, Davis recently said she intended to “challenge the authority of science” by “rewriting” scientific fact through a feminist lens  which would supposedly help to avoid racism.

What does this even mean?

Sara Giordano, a former neuroscientist-turned-Women’s Studies professor, argued in an essay that “traditional science” should be replaced with an “anti-science, anti-racist, feminist approach to knowledge production.”

Giordano insists that science is not only rooted in racism, but is used to further perpetuate racism.

Giordano’s essay added:

  • “[Science] earned its epistemic authority through its co-constitution with colonization and slavery,” and as a result, “relies on a colonial and racialized form of power.”
  • “At the root of the justification for social inequality then is Western science,” Giordano claimed, and said that scientific distinction between “humans and non-humans” has opened the doors for capitalism to be “justified as a natural economic system.”

What are Giordano’s hopes for ‘feminist science’?

  • Giordano said that feminists should work together to eradicate the “assumption” that “science = truth.”
  • “We need to disrupt the epistemic authority of Science … [and] the assumption that science = truth,” Giordano wrote.
  • Giordano suggested that this can be accomplished by introducing “feminist science practice that explicitly unsticks Science [sic] from Truth [sic].”
  • Giordano does not go into detail about how to implement this new school of thought.
  • One of Giordano’s aims for her essay is to open up “questions about what kinds of scientific illiteracy we might embrace to destabilize science and remake knowledge production.”
  • She also hopes that others will come to “embrace an irreverent disdain for traditional science and instead practice feminist science.”
  • Giordano said that a new, “much needed anti-science, anti-racist, feminist approach to knowledge production” is necessary.

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