What you cannot measure you cannot control. This axiom lies at the heart of both MIT’s data-driven Gender Identity Initiative and the National Science Foundation’s new plan to survey freshly minted PhDs about their gender identity and sexual predilections.
Do you consider yourself to be non-binary, gender nonconforming, genderfluid or genderqueer? Are you LGBTQ+, heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer or another orientation (for example, a Minor Attracted Person, an oppressed group still trying to hitch a ride on the intersectionality bandwagon)? The National Science Foundation wants to know because social justice cannot be brought to Science until every valorized identity group is proportionately represented and all sexual practices are not just embraced but celebrated.
Remember the days when liberal-minded people believed that what you did in your bedroom, and with whom, was none of the government’s business? Now it’s going to be a matter of record with potential grant funding in the balance, and if you disagree you are a science denier.
Dismantling the cisheteropatriarchy and decolonizing science is absolutely required to regain the public’s trust after the disastrous missteps taken when so-called “consensus” science was politically weaponized during the Covid pandemic. Aren’t you proud to see MIT taking a leading role?