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Is Laughter the Best Medicine for … Academics? By James Reed
Laughter is said to be the best medicine, and it may well be the best medicine for dealing with academics, rather than refuting their nonsense:
“A young Cambridge University academic, given an award for researching sexual harassment during fieldwork, says she was laughed at for her work by a 'large group of older men.' Danielle Bradford, 21, was being honoured at the Marsh Archaeology Awards in London on November 22 when she said she was driven to tears by the laughing in the audience. 'As I was being introduced, they said 'she's been researching sexual harassment in archaeology', to which a large group of older men laughed. Fully laughed - to the point that the presenter had to say 'it isn't funny'. Ms Bradford is researching sexual misconduct that occurs during archaeological fieldwork.
In a thread on Twitter, Ms Bradford expressed her shock at what had happened during the event. 'Tonight I got off my flight from Seattle to London & went straight to an archaeology awards ceremony. I was excited - I've never been nominated for a research award before! But the evening ended in lots of tears, and highlighted to me how far the discipline has to come,' she began. She then went on to talk about the group of older men laughing before saying the presenter intervened and commented that it wasn't funny. 'I managed to go up and get my certificate, but as soon as I sat back down I burst into tears. In front of a hall full of people. It was humiliating. This is exactly the kind of toxic culture in arc that drives out ERCs and, ironically, fosters sexual harassment,' she continued. 'Even if you take out the subject matter, imagine being 21, just out of undergrad, shortlisted for your first research award and... a group of people decide its acceptable to publicly *laugh* at that research.”
It is a good and healthy sign, when politically correct work starts getting laughed at. Much “work” found in the cultural studies area deserves this treatment. For example, most of the postmodernist literature is unreadable jargon-based swill that falls apart when submitted to the textual “rape” of reason:
It would be a waste of time writing though to refute this bs, because to its creators, it is just water off a duck’s back. Better is to let natural selection take its course, for unrealistic nonsenses will eventually be culled out. Texts can be used for kindling for fires in the world to come. Go deconstruct that!