[lbo-talk] From Identity Politics To Academic Masturbation

Marv Gandall marvgand2 at gmail.com
Sun Apr 1 11:27:05 PDT 2018

A sharp critique of identity politics by Julian Vigo, writing in Truthdig:

“As someone who has worked in gender studies and queer theory within academia for over 20 years, I have witnessed an academic trend since the early 1990s—most especially in the humanities—which creates and recycles convoluted, theoretical rhetoric resulting in the production of increased graduate studies programs, inflated graduate admissions and scores of humanities master’s and Ph.D. degrees that hold little to no merit today.

“In the end, identity politics does not unite us. It divides us. Instead of focusing on…changing structural problems, many people have a cosmetic, totalitarian and narcissistic obsession with language and the need to control how others see us.”


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