September 16, 2017

Report: Standing Up to Pee Gives Boys an Unfair Advantage in Physics

Dana Mathewson

We often, on this site, report on the idiocy which has gripped the Left. This is why I have included this post. If any of you think it has gone beyond the bounds of good taste, well, I got it from the PJ Media site. NOT The Onion, and NOT from a porn site. I grant you, much of what comes from the Left these days is indistinguishable from porn. (And I think it must be terribly difficult to write for The Onion these days!)

We hear a lot -- too much, perhaps -- these days about how girls are under-represented as students of the sciences. This article (from our friends down under) attempts to analyze that. I think they may have missed the target, but not for lack of trying to hit it with an interesting weapon.

Yes, you read the headline correctly. In the latest example of identity politics taken to its absurd end, three Australian college professors believe that "Playful urination practices – from seeing how high you can pee to games such as Peeball (where men compete using their urine to destroy a ball placed in a urinal) – may give boys an advantage over girls when it comes to physics."

The three professors didn't publish their thoughts on a satirical website like The Onion. Instead, they published on Tes, a website that provides "Educational materials, jobs, news, and courses from the world's best community of teachers and school leaders."In the article, Anna Wilson, Kate Wilson, and David Low argue with a straight face that peeing standing up provides an advantage for boys over girls in learning physics.

Explaining what prompted their musings that led to their conclusion about the advantages peeing standing up gives boys, the professors write, "The gender gap in physics, and other related subjects including engineering, has long been a cause for concern.... Therefore we have to ask: why don’t young women perform as well in physics?"

That seems like a semi-reasonable question, I think. Except Professors Wilson, Wilson, and Low live and ask questions in the land of identity politics.

After casually going through a list of possible explanations for why young women might not perform as well in physics as do young men — things like lack of female physics teachers, cultural pressure and expectations, and gender bias in the teaching materials — they conclude: "there may be another reason, too."

After noting that girls lag in areas of physics that deal with projectile motion, the article reveals that "Like many parents of small (and not-so-small) boys, two of us (KW and DL) have observed the great delight young males take in urination, a process by which they produce and direct a visible projectile arc."

It gets really funny. Please read the article. But don't be drinking anything at the same time. Don't say I didn't warn you!

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