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.