Ivy League Universities are the pinnacle of intellectual advancement in the United States and Brown University is on the short list of schools who qualify to receive that prestigious title. Brown University was also the college who came up with the concept of "safe spaces" and "trigger warnings". Well, Brown U has managed to make headlines once again. In an effort to not offend people, the head honchos at Brown University recently decided to unpublish a study on the topic of transgender youth.
I'm sure you can already guess why.
A paper written by assistant professor Lisa Littman makes the argument that cases of gender dysphoria occurring around the time of puberty could be caused by peer pressure and online influences, and not necessarily genetics (the old nature VS nurture argument).
The study was published last month in Plos One, a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
In the paper, Littman makes the case that field research involving observations by parents suggests many potentially transgendered adolescents made the decision to convert to a different gender because they're confused and easily influenced. Pressure from friends and Internet celebrities may have had more to do with their gender identity choice than their own freewill.
Obviously this has upset a few people. Leftists adamantly disagree with the notion that someone can be convinced they're gay, straight, transgender or whatever else.
Critics are arguing that the study is politically biased. They claim the parents only made these observations because they don't want their children to identify as transgender.
The people involved in conducting the study insist transphobia was not a notable bias in their field research.
But Brown University wasn't having it, so they they ordered the paper be unpublished - the modern day equivalent of a book burning.
Critics of the paper are concerned that the study is politically biased, but isn't unpublishing the study is even more politically biased than the original paper itself?
This is just another example of progressive politics injecting itself into academia. There's a reason why the only non-leftist social scientist in America is Jordan B Peterson - anyone who isn't aligned with the far-left isn't welcome in modern day academia.
Logically one should assume that if the original paper is without merit, critics should publish another paper to explain why the original version was wrong. Isn't that how the scientific method is supposed to operate?
Even still, the author of the paper isn't apologizing. Littman says she stands by her work.
Incidentally, her conclusion for the article wasn't even that controversial.
She simply said further research is needed to better understand “rapid-onset gender dysphoria” in adolescents and young adults.
An online petition, to support Littman's work has already received thousands of signatures.
Hopefully Brown University makes the right decision and republishes the article (but they probably won't).
JACKSON HEIGHTS, QUEENS, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2018/07/09: Make the Road New York hosted the seventh annual Trans-Latinx March. Transgender community members, allies, and elected officials marched through the streets of Jackson Heights to celebrate the diversity of the transgender community while demanding an end to transphobia and homophobia. The transgender community sent a clear message to the Jackson Heights community that Trans people exist and they demand social equality and inclusion. (Photo by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)