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This Study, 'Rape Culture and Queer Performativity at Urban Dog Parks,' Is, Uh, Real (Update: Nope)*

"Because of my own situatedness as a human...I recognize my limitations in being able to determine when an incidence of dog humping qualifies as rape."

DogAntonio Mari Planells / DreamstimeHave you always harbored a secret desire to lurk at dog parks, tirelessly inspect the dogs' genitals in order to record their sexes, observe how frequently they hump each other, and ask their owners personal questions?

If so, you might enjoy a new study, "Human Reactions to Rape Culture and Queer Performativity at Urban Dog Parks in Portland, Oregon." Yes, the paper is about dog-on-dog rape and what it means for feminism and queer theory. Essentially, it posits that studying "rape culture" among animals at the dog park is a useful vehicle for understanding rape among human beings.

The study was recently published in Gender, Place and Culture, a peer-reviewed journal. It is not, as I first suspected, a Sokal-esque hoax, though author Helen Wilson makes clear that it is "mostly qualitative in nature and did not make use of rigorous statistical analysis," casting doubt on its overall scientific merit. Wilson describes herself as a full-time researcher and part-time diversity activist. The only affiliation she lists is with the Portland Ungendering Research Initiative, which doesn't even have a website. Nevertheless, there are some actual data in the study, and plenty of academic citations.

The study has drawn much criticism from The College Fix—which called it "intellectually vacuous"—and the Twitter account New Real Peer Review, which tweeted screenshots of several ridiculous-sounding passages.

I read the whole thing and was actually a little surprised. Wilson did indeed gather some interesting, possibly useful data, and she's occasionally honest about its limitations. She even tackles potential criticism of the idea that dogs can be said to have "raped" each other at all.

"Because of my own situatedness as a human, rather than as a dog, I recognize my limitations in being able to determine when an incidence of dog humping qualifies as rape," wrote Wilson in the study. "In particular, from my own anthropocentric frame, it is difficult if not impossible to ascertain when canine sexual advances are un/wanted, or when they are rapes rather than performances of canine dominance, which introduces considerable unavoidable ambiguity in my interpretations of this variable."

Wilson spent 100 hours in three dog parks, where she made note of a whole bunch of times when one dog humped another. When the humping was male-on-male, owners intervened in the overwhelming number of cases. But when the humping was male-on-female, owners were far less likely to stop it. This, the study suggests, might say something about the owners' internalized homophobia and their willingness to overlook female victims of sexual assault.

Unfortunately, this quasi-interesting conclusion is buried under heaps of jargon and obfuscation. See if you can parse these passages:

While this research primarily involves applying theoretical considerations from feminist and queer theory, and draws inspiration from applications of Black criminology, to non-human animal observations collected over the course of a year in urban dog parks, the inherent relationship between human, dog, and dog parks brings the question into the realm of human (specifically feminist) geography....

Metaphorically, however, we are now better positioned to answer the question, "What specific and thematic lessons can be learned from dog parks that have the potential to further equity, diversity, inclusion, and peaceful coexistence and improve human-animal spaces?" The answer is that the lessons from this study can be taken as heuristics that contribute to different ways of conceptualizing and interrupting masculinist hegemonies.

I'm not sure we are better positioned at all, and what was that about "interrupting masculinist hegemonies"? This is the problem with so much social psychology research that cloaks its findings in the borderline-incomprehensible language of social justice: oppression structures, feminist geographies, etc. This study found that people don't do anything when male dogs hump female dogs but quickly intervene when male dogs hump other male dogs, maybe because they aren't cool with gay dogs. I don't mean to pick on Wilson, but the paper is many pages longer than it needs to be to get that information across, because she feels the need to break out all the usual bells and whistles relating to the interrogation of power structures, intersectional frameworks, and assorted gobbledygook. Inevitably, she overreaches:

By publicly or otherwise openly and suddenly yelling (NB: which was also effective at stopping dog rape/humping incidents) at males when they begin to make sexual advances on females (and other males in certain non-homosocial contexts), and by making firm and repeated stands against rape culture in society, activism, and media, human males may be metaphorically "shocked" out of regarding sexual violence, sexual harassment, and rape culture as normative, which may decrease rape rates and disrupt rape culture and emancipate rape-condoning spaces.

Wilson is essentially saying here that since yelling at dogs was a good way to get them to stop committing rape, yelling at men—while railing against rape culture—might work too.

She concedes, however, that unlike dogs, men cannot be leashed. That wouldn't be "politically feasible," she explains. The disappointment is palpable.

Updated on October 3, 2018: The paper is a hoax after all.

Photo Credit: Antonio Mari Planells / Dreamstime

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  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Uh. Is this some weird Japanese Bestiality comic?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Have you always harbored a secret desire to lurk at dog parks, tirelessly inspect the dogs' genitals in order to record their sexes, observe how frequently they hump each other, and ask their owners personal questions?

    Nevermind, it's something way less wholesome.

  • Citizen X||

    Jesus. When you've grossed BUCS out...

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I ain't gonna vouch for weird bestiality comics. But at least they have the decency to leave it in the realm of fiction.

  • Just Say'n||

    Sarwark endorses bestiality comics. Wow.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    A surprising number of women fantasize about dogs. NTTIAWWT.

  • Just Say'n||

    You have an interesting dating life

    NTTIAWWT.

  • gaoxiaen||

    Woof!

  • Set Us Up The Chipper||

    I don't think so, no poop and scrambled eggs.

  • Citizen X||

    author Helen Wilson makes clear that it is "mostly qualitative in nature and did not make use of rigorous statistical analysis," casting doubt on its overall scientific merit.

    The title and hypothesis also cast doubt on its overall scientific merit.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    The Ethnography style of social science was never science, and has become a complete drain upon an entire field of research.

  • Just Say'n||

    "Counter Revolution of Science" by Hayek

  • Dan S.||

    Is any "style of social science" actually science?

  • Cynical Asshole||

    No.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Yes, there are plenty of controlled experiments performed in the field of social science, many of which are relevant to libertarianism. Stanley Milgram, for example.

  • CatoTheChipper||

    For a variety of reasons, I used to think that "social science" was an oxymoron. First, it was my observation that sociology and psychology were the fall backs for college students who first washed out of engineering and then washed out of accounting. Second, my sister-in-law is a sociology grad, and has never exhibited the slightest scientific inclination. Third, like this article, modern social science literature is overwhelmingly nonsense.

    However, a few years ago, I took Professor Iván Szelényi's Foundations of Modern Social Theory class online at Yale Open Courses. It turns out that there were a few sociologists like Durkheim who really did apply the scientific method to the study of sociological phenomena. But they are few and far between, and they don't seem to be all that influential. Jonathan Haidt pretty much follows the "style" of Durkheim, but most so-called social scientists are bat-shit crazy lunatics or Marxists of one variety or another.

  • damikesc||

    "Why does nobody take the social sciences seriously?"

    *handed the article discussed in this piece*

    "Well, cannot argue against not taking it seriously"

  • sharmota4zeb||

    A Journalist goes to a "civilized" society and reports what he sees as news. An anthropologist goes to an "ethnic" society and reports what he sees as an ethnography. That's why European societies are not in natural history museums.

  • Sevo||

    "The title and hypothesis also cast doubt on its overall scientific merit."

    Yep.
    After you read the title, there's nothing left to explain.

  • lap83||

    "The only affiliation she lists is with the Portland Ungendering Research Initiative"

    Portland, of course

  • Brandybuck||

    Portland. Because some things are too weird even for Berkeley.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    A college in Portland studied the origins of homosexuality in sheep. But there was a massive backlash when people thought the research was geared towards "curing" homosexuality. Given that none of the female dogs in the dog park filed complaints, I think the researcher in the dog park study is trying to "cure" men of their desire for opposite-sex relationships.

  • Zeb||

    I'm going to say that there is a rape culture among dogs. In fact, by contemporary Western human standards, I'd say almost all sex among non-human animals is rape. Or at least severely lacking in enthusiastic consent.

  • Tony||

    I lost a month of sleep before I got my cat spayed. She was over-enthusiastic, if anything.

  • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed||

    No one cares about your sex life.

    ...

    ...

    Probably.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    Wait a second, I thought Tony didn't like pussy.

  • Ariki||

    You cant impregnate your cat Tony. Sleep well.

  • Muzzled Woodchipper||

    If you've ever owned chickens, you'd know this to be undoubtedly true.

    It's pretty violent (from a human perspective) and seemingly always forced on a hen.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Another SIV sock unmasked.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    I'd say almost all sex among non-human animals is rape. Or at least severely lacking in enthusiastic consent.

    It's hard to sign a consent form when you don't have opposable thumbs or a grasp of any written language.

  • Scotticus Finch||

    Nice victim-blaming there, asshole.

  • Brandybuck||

    If a female cat don't want it, she don't get it. If she does want it, God help any male cat in the vicinity.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Looks like someone hasn't studied the finer structure of the feline penis.

  • Robert||

    They pay for it, but they want it. Couple of YouTubes up now of a very insistent lady cat being refused by a couple of Toms.

  • Dillinger||

    >>>Metaphorically, however, we are now better positioned

    Than dogs? They have a position *named after them* ... winner

  • Eidde||

    "applications of Black criminology"

    So she's saying black people are dogs?

  • ||

    I kinda wondered what made Black a the only proper noun.

  • lap83||

    On a related note, supposedly prejudice against black dogs is a thing.

    Not me though, some of my best pets have been black

  • AlmightyJB||

    Our last two pets were a black dog and black cat. Great pets, not great for the carpet though. I would suspect that could be the issue, not dog bigotry.

  • Eidde||

    They're probably not black in terms of skin color, just in terms of hair color.

  • lap83||

    "dog-on-dog rape"

    We need to enroll dogs in college so we can suspend them!

  • Colossal Douchebag||

    Under Title IXD

  • tpaine||

    Under title K-IX

  • $park¥ leftist poser||

    See if you can parse these passages:

    I'm sure I failed.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    While this research primarily involves applying theoretical considerations from feminist and queer theory, and draws inspiration from applications of Black criminology, to non-human animal observations collected over the course of a year in urban dog parks, the inherent relationship between human, dog, and dog parks brings the question into the realm of human (specifically feminist) geography....

    Metaphorically, however, we are now better positioned to answer the question, "What specific and thematic lessons can be learned from dog parks that have the potential to further equity, diversity, inclusion, and peaceful coexistence and improve human-animal spaces?" The answer is that the lessons from this study can be taken as heuristics that contribute to different ways of conceptualizing and interrupting masculinist hegemonies.

    I suspect that someone who writes anything as incomprehensible as that knows they're full of shit and are just hoping that if they use enough big, multi-syllabic words people won't notice.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    Yeah, it's basically like using slang to prove that you're right because you talk like the audience talks.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Wilson describes herself as a full-time researcher and part-time diversity activist.

    You probably have that reversed.

  • Rhywun||

    For the sake of your sanity, Rico, I hope you get off this beat soon. It's going to rot your brain.

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    Look at him, he loves it!

  • Jerryskids||

    Metaphorically, however, we are now better positioned to answer the question, "What specific and thematic lessons can be learned from dog parks that have the potential to further equity, diversity, inclusion, and peaceful coexistence and improve human-animal spaces?" The answer is that the lessons from this study can be taken as heuristics that contribute to different ways of conceptualizing and interrupting masculinist hegemonies.

    I don't think this is that hard to understand - the key is that "conceptualizing and interrupting masculinist hegemonies". There's the assumption that there is a masculinist hegemony and that it needs to be interrupted, if there's an obvious lesson to be learned from dog parks it would be that the world would be a better place if men were on leashes and treated as pets, walked and fed as required, smacked on the head with a rolled-up newspaper when they don't do as they're told. Quite simply, she's just saying that men are a lesser animal than women.

  • Set Us Up The Chipper||

    A Boy and His Dog comes to mind...yum.

  • Scarecrow Repair & Chippering||

    Several old folks sitting on a porch, watching a dog lick its balls. One of them says "Wish I could do that." Another one says "Go ahead, it's your dog."

    I wonder hos this would relate to her study.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    Someone emailed her a link to this webpage, and she took the pic in it way too seriously.

  • Just Say'n||

    "This is the problem with so much social psychology research that cloaks its findings in the borderline-incomprehensible language of social justice: oppression structures, feminist geographies, etc."

    The problem with all social sciences is that they are about as "scientific" as the movie "Armageddon". If you can't replicate the findings of 80% of your supposed conclusions then nothing you are saying should be considered "science". No offense psychologists

  • Zeb||

    If you can't replicate the findings of 80% of your supposed conclusions then nothing you are saying should be considered "science".

    What about the 20% they can replicate?

  • Just Say'n||

    Then that is rock hard science-y af.

  • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed||

    Then you have to begin the discussion of the wheat/chaff problem. That ain't easy either.

  • Zeb||

    I joke, but I think there is an interesting question here. Can social sciences be real science? And do they need to?
    I think that human social interactions and psychology are undoubtedly interesting and worthwhile things to study. But a lot of what is studied in social sciences is difficult if not impossible to rigorously quantify. And that makes it very susceptible to being hijacked for ideological ends.

    So what should we do with the social sciences? I think it would be a mistake to throw it all out. But there is also so much junk in there that it's hard to know what's worth keeping. I really don't know.

  • Just Say'n||

    Social science is good at helping people to evaluate problems from different perspectives, but the problem comes when people start insisting that its conclusions are definitive. There is no definitive conclusion that can be reached in the social sciences. But, we've already gotten to the point where social science "conclusions" are cited as actual definitive findings.

    The most common example today is the notion that there are multiple genders. Some people think it's controversial to even question this finding, when in fact saying that there are multiple genders is no more definitively true than saying that there are only two genders. Gender studies is not a science, nor is any social science.

    Popper and Hayek already warned against this development over eighty years ago.

  • BYODB||

    It's a necessary precondition to assume that social science can achieve definitive results when you're trying to create a replacement for religion, I suppose.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    +1

  • Agammamon||

    Yes, they can be.

    Pesky things like 'informed consent' and 'human experimentation ethical guidelines' hamper their ability to be, though.

    However, they can (and sometimes do) take a leaf from economics and compare the outcomes of different, but naturally occuring, situations to get similar data as if they'd set up a proper experiment.

    But math is hard! So most of them spout drivel like this study.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    There is too much inherent diversity among human minds to ever make social sciences applicable. What's the point in collecting years worth of data on preferred ice cream flavors when you can just ask your guests before the party which ice cream flavor they prefer?

  • BYODB||

    What about economists, since notably they're in this same group. ^_-

  • Just Say'n||

    Economics is not a science. The Austrians accept that

  • Just Say'n||

    Well, that's not true. What I meant was that they don't rely on the data as is common is social science which can be manipulated to show any solution that you desire

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Not true. You can certainly run economic experiments and test hypotheses. I think what you meant is that praxeology is not a science.

  • Bubba Jones||

    You just described all of the medical sciences. Sadly.

  • DWC||

    I'm with Richard Feynman on this stuff.

  • Aloysious||

    I hate everything about this story.

    I even hate the font.

  • Citizen X||

    This is why i don't take my dog to the dog park.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    And also you hate walking.

  • Citizen X||

    Nah, i love walking. My neighborhood kicks ass. However, the dog park is full of people who (judging by the civic league newsletter) are into the dog park in a way that is hard to sympathize with and uncomfortable to be around, and i ain't need some woke researcher asking questions about my dog's junk on top of that noise.

  • Zeb||

    I walked past a dog park in New York one time and it was immediately apparent that a large proportion of people in there were assholes. That's all I know about dog parks.

  • Citizen X||

    That is accurate.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Huh. I always liked going to them in Tucson. Just let the dog run around and you just sit there and watch dogs play. About the best thing there is, watching dogs play.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    That is some euphemism right there.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    I walked past a dog park in New York one time and it was immediately apparent that a large proportion of people in there were assholes.

    To be fair, anywhere you go in New York a large proportion of people are going to be assholes. In fact, you don't even need to limit that to New York. That's going to be true pretty much anywhere you go.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Yeah, but how many of them are cynics?

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    By publicly or otherwise openly and suddenly yelling (NB: which was also effective at stopping dog rape/humping incidents) at males when they begin to make sexual advances on females (and other males in certain non-homosocial contexts), and by making firm and repeated stands against rape culture in society, activism, and media, human males may be metaphorically "shocked" out of regarding sexual violence, sexual harassment, and rape culture as normative, which may decrease rape rates and disrupt rape culture and emancipate rape-condoning spaces.

    So, to combat the "rape culture" we've got to stop all male sexual advances on females? That's fine, I suppose. I'm getting old enough to not care if the human race dies out.

  • Zeb||

    Or women need to start making a whole lot more sexual advances. Which I'd be OK with.

  • BYODB||

    Of course, we shall not speak of what women do to women who make sexual advances openly and often.

    Women are the biggest hindrance to feminism I've yet encountered.

  • Jalestra||

    Women are the biggest hindrance to feminism I've yet encountered.

    This is so true it hurts.

  • Tony||

    Fucking Portland.

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    But only if Portland consents!

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    +1 X on the dotted line

  • Marshal||

    "See if you can parse these passages:"

    It means "I'm a good leftist and this advances our positions so please ignore that I make no sense".

  • Don't look at me.||

    .."considerable unavoidable ambiguity in my interpretations of this variable."

    I don't know . So I guessed.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    And that would be a valid thing to do. You just have to be explicit and name what your prior was. This is done all the time when some real world prior isn't known while doing testing.

    My guess is, this author is not familiar with this though and really was just guessing.

  • Juice||

    "mostly qualitative in nature and did not make use of rigorous statistical analysis,"

    And yet, it passed peer review and it was published.

  • Curt||

    When you belong to the Portland Ungendering Research Initiative, your peers are probably very enthusiastic about this kind of research.

    I'm guessing that they're also very pissed off that google chrome's spell checker doesn't recognize "ungendering".

  • Scarecrow Repair & Chippering||

    I wonder what the Legal Education department is called?

  • AustinRoth||

    But what about trans-speciesism dog/human-leg rape? Where does that fall on the spectrum?

  • ||

    But what about trans-speciesism dog/human-leg rape? Where does that fall on the spectrum?

    My dog will torment rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, mice, rats, snakes, etc. until they're dead. While I haven't kept a full tally on the plumbing of all the carcasses, I'm pretty confident the distribution is gender-agnostic. I presumed this meant he was clear in terms of being part of masculinist hegemony, but the fact that he's never raped a bitch at a dog park probably goes a long way too.

  • Ron||

    Wilson describes herself as a full-time researcher and part-time diversity activist"

    In other words a lifetime student living off of student loans with free time

  • Cynical Asshole||

    I interpreted that to mean "useless, self important moron who thinks she's far smarter than she really is."

  • BYODB||

    Now now, you're both right!

  • Entropy Drehmaschine Void||

    "Portland Ungendering Research Initiative".

    Just as scientifically relevant as AGW.

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    You know what other publication was "intellectually vacuous"?

  • $park¥ leftist poser||

    Scientific American?

  • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed||

    Main Kampf?

  • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed||

    Goddamned stupid ass google jingoist correcting German words you stupid illiterate sonofabitch autocorrect fuck

  • Curt||

    Picturing this as the subtitles for a Downfall rant video.

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    Edit buttons are fascist.

  • Curt||

    The "I Fucking Love Science" facebook page?

  • Cynical Asshole||

    How could that possibly be "intellectually vacuous?" They say right there in the title of the page that they "fucking love science."

  • Tony||

    One doesn't want to be too interested in anything, does one?

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    John D. Barrow's The Book of Nothing: Vacuums, Voids, and the Latest Ideas about the Origins of the Universe?

  • MotörSteve||

    "Portland Ungendering Research Initiative"
    WTF?

  • Rhywun||

    It's where newcomers leave their balls when they move into town.

  • Scarecrow Repair & Chippering||

    I'm surprised she dodn't cross-tabulate instances of humans stopping queer dog humping by the owners' (tehre are two unless both dogs have teh same owner) sexuality and gender self-identification.

    Do gay dog owners stop gay dog sex less often, and straight dog sex more often, that straight dog owners?

    Do female dog owners stop dog rape more often that male dog owners? How about gay dog rape?

    How about female and male rape victims?

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Wilson is essentially saying here that since yelling at dogs was a good way to get them to stop committing rape, yelling at men—while railing against rape culture—might work too.

    I suggest as a follow up study to test her hypothesis she should go hang around at bars and nightclubs and shrilly yell at every man she sees make a pass at a woman. I'll stand over here with a bag of popcorn.

    She concedes, however, that unlike dogs, men cannot be leashed. That wouldn't be "politically feasible," she explains. The disappointment is palpable.

    I guess she'll just have to skip straight to her "final solution for the straight cis-gendered male problem:" cum and joke mines.

  • Just Say'n||

    "she should go hang around at bars and nightclubs and shrilly yell at every man she sees make a pass at a woman"

    The results will be mixed. Some women will be happy to have some shrill woman save them from the awkward moment of having to tell the guy that they are not interested, whereas other women will be upset that thanks to the researcher they will probably die alone.

    The silver lining might be that everyone in that situation may end up reevaluating their lives. Except the researcher. She seems to lack self-awareness.

  • damikesc||

    The study was recently published in Gender, Place and Culture, a peer-reviewed journal.

    Further proving that "peer review" and "real science" aren't actually synonymous. I'd love see how the reviewers verified the conclusions.

  • Rich||

    "Darling, these conclusions are *fabulous*, wouldn't you agree?"

  • damikesc||

    The study was recently published in Gender, Place and Culture, a peer-reviewed journal.

    Further proving that "peer review" and "real science" aren't actually synonymous. I'd love see how the reviewers verified the conclusions.

  • BYODB||


    I'm not sure we are better positioned at all, and what was that about "interrupting masculinist hegemonies"? This is the problem with so much social psychology research that cloaks its findings in the borderline-incomprehensible language of social justice: oppression structures, feminist geographies, etc.


    If you want the simple and honest reason for this, it's because a lie sounds a lot better when you put a lot of fancy buzzwords around it.


    Fun-Time Activity: Retranslating papers by social scientists into plain English and laughing at their simplistic and idiotic ideas.


    And, once again, the only people who write like this are professional liars.

  • General_Tso||

    So what she's saying is we should keep a garden hose handy to spray men when they rape?

    OK, I didn't read the article, I'm just guessing.

  • General_Tso||

    So what she's saying is we should keep a garden hose handy to spray men when they rape?

    OK, I didn't read the article, I'm just guessing.

  • General_Tso||

    So what she's saying is we should keep a garden hose handy to spray men when they rape?

    OK, I didn't read the article, I'm just guessing.

  • General_Tso||

    So what she's saying is we should keep a garden hose handy to spray men when they rape?

    OK, I didn't read the article, I'm just guessing.

  • General_Tso||

    So what she's saying is we should keep a garden hose handy to spray men when they rape?

    OK, I didn't read the article, I'm just guessing.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Who's going to spray the server squirrels when they rape the comments threads?

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    Have you tried screaming at them?

  • Dillinger||

    the general submits...a lot

  • Entropy Drehmaschine Void||

    You forgot your sunglasses ...

  • sharmota4zeb||

    Is that why women raping men is so rare? The men always have a hose on hand to stray the women with as a deterrence.

  • DFG||

    The study "did not make use of rigorous statistical analysis,"

    In other words, she wrote whatever the hell she wanted and called it "science!"

  • Sigivald||

    I recognize my limitations in being able to determine when an incidence of dog humping qualifies as rape

    Someone needs to be introduced to the concept of "category error".

  • Agammamon||

    it is "mostly qualitative in nature and did not make use of rigorous statistical analysis," casting doubt on its overall scientific merit.

    Uhm, its *qualitative in nature*. And the author's biases are built into the way the 'study' was done. And its a too small sample size for any meaningful *quantitative* analysis.

    So, no, it doesn't cast doubt on its overall scientific merit. It screams it right from the get-go. This is not science.

    Look, science *starts* with a question - even weird ones like this author's - but science is built around falsifying hypothesisisisisisisisisis'. Which this author didn't even try to do. Best you can say is that she collected some sem-random data that might be useful to someone doing science sometime in the future.

  • Archibald Baal||

    Wasn't this a They Might Be Giants song? I could swear it went, "Rape Culture Killed My Dog... and I don't think it's fair..."

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Real question?

    If so it was Youth Culture. Either way, nice deep cut.

  • Archibald Baal||

    The snark was not as evident as I'd have liked.

    Every time I've heard the term "rape culture" my mind has queued up that song. It's just serendipity that some crazed Oregonian connected the dots in real life.

  • crufus||

    "Human Reactions to Rape Culture and Queer Performativity at Urban Dog Parks in Portland, Oregon."

    If speculative ideas can not be tested, they're not science; they don't even rise to the level of being wrong.
    Wolfgang Pauli

  • Robert||

    This study found that people don't do anything when male dogs hump female dogs but quickly intervene when male dogs hump other male dogs, maybe because they aren't cool with gay dogs.


    No, it's because when a boy dog does it to a girl dog, they're happy about it. When a boy dog does it to a boy dog, they fight over who's on top, & your leashes get all tangled.

  • Robert||

    "They" meaning the dogs.

  • Rich||

    She even tackles potential criticism of the idea that dogs can be said to have "raped" each other at all.

    "Most competent modern researchers, in any event, would agree that it is not actually "rape-rape'."

  • Number 2||

    How can she tell if the female dog gave enthusiastic express consent?

  • Longtobefree||

    Does it matter that people are not dogs?
    (Although some are bitches)

  • cc2||

    Domestic dogs on leashes are not a natural system. In the wild, dogs and wolves only mate when the female is in heat. Males of many species are often so horny that they will attempt to mate with anything, but when trying to mate with a male or a female not in heat in the wild they will get bitten, whereas our domestic dogs are too polite to bite (mostly). When dogs try to mate with human legs, does that imply something deep about the patriarchy also?

  • AlmightyJB||

    Is watching dogs hump akin to rape? Did she ask them for permission?

  • Enemy of the State||

    Since she didn't call the police, is she complicit in rape culture?

  • AlmightyJB||

    She seems to imply that there are inherent differences between males and bitches. Will the gender mob go after her?

  • sharmota4zeb||

    We can charge her with revenge porn statutes.

  • ||

    "...The study was recently published in Gender, Place and Culture, a peer-reviewed journal."

    Yeah-k.

  • Tony||

    Goddamn hipsters with their ostentatious nonuse of the serial comma.

  • Enemy of the State||

    I once had a female dog who liked to hump my male cats whenever she could.

    Q: Whose side does feminist queer intersectionist justice studies say I should have intervened on?

  • No Longer Amused||

    What happens when idiots attend college.

  • AlmightyJB||

    This is what a 100 grand buys you.

  • Colossal Douchebag||

    My hovercraft is full of eels.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Nice euphemism.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    If so, you might enjoy a new study, "Human Reactions to Rape Culture and Queer Performativity at Urban Dog Parks in Portland, Oregon." Yes, the paper is about dog-on-dog rape and what it means for feminism and queer theory. Essentially, it posits that studying "rape culture" among animals at the dog park is a useful vehicle for understanding rape among human beings.

    The same logic is why entire industries, fields of medicine, and academic departments are based on studies of rats running in mazes.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    Come to think of it, why don't those researchers just tell the rats where the cheese is? It's like those guys are managerial narcissists or empaths.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    She concedes, however, that unlike dogs, men cannot be leashed. That wouldn't be "politically feasible," she explains. The disappointment is palpable.

    Oh ... I could link to plenty of pics of men walking in parks that are relevant to this and nsfw, but I'll spare you guys the trauma.

  • vek||

    The world will never be sane again until we run all the people like this through wood chippers... Or at least give them helicopter rides.

  • Mark22||

    The "study" seems to imply that all women are bitches... is that intended?

  • vek||

    It may or may not be intended, but it is a fact :)

  • BambiB||

    Another feminist dog-humper.

    Next!

  • Schizoidman_21||

    Are you shitting me? What rational person would repeat this tripe?

  • NoVaNick||

    Guess there are not enough barista and Uber driver jobs to support social science and humanities PhDs these days, so what does that leave? Dog walkers...

  • Kim Jong Unfollow||

    Future Amazon warehouse worker. #nutters

  • Liberty Lover||

    Anyone that has been around dogs knows dog humping is not about sex, but about dominance. It is how dogs determine their place in the pack or what dog is the top dog in any situation. Some dogs are very dominant and some are very submissive. Unless the female is in heat, it is not sexual. Also according to this woman almost all dog breeding would be rape. I mean you put a male dog and a female dog in heat in a confined area and the male is going to mount the female, regardless. It is an instinct that insures the survival of the species.

  • Livia991||

    I'd like to stop living on this planet, please. This is just... yeah, I'm done. Get me off, now. Thank you.

  • Livia991||

    I'd like to stop living on this planet, please. This is just... yeah, I'm done. Get me off, now. Thank you.

  • Livia991||

    I'd like to stop living on this planet, please. This is just... yeah, I'm done. Get me off, now. Thank you.

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