Helen Pluckrose

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Helen Pluckrose is a British author and cultural writer.[1] [2][3] [4] [5]

Biography[edit]

Pluckrose completed a degree in English literature at the University of East London and a master's degree in early modern studies at Queen Mary University London.[6] She particularly focused on "the ways in which medieval women negotiated the Christian narrative".[7]

She is currently the editor-in-chief of the online webzine Areo Magazine.[8] [9]She has used this platform to criticise what she sees as the self-censorship of women on university campuses, which she sees as often stemming from a disagreement about the use of intersectional feminism in academic literature.[10]

Alongside James A. Lindsay and Peter Boghossian, Pluckrose was involved in the 2017-18 Grievance Studies Affair', an exposé that involved the submission of bogus academic papers to journals in cultural, gender, queer and race studies. Despite criticism of the exposé as a "hoax" and "coordinated attack from the right", Pluckrose and her colleagues are self-described "left-leaning liberals".[11] They maintain that their intention behind conducting the affair was to highlight two key problems in social sciences - the "low standards of pay-to-publish journals" and the "meaningless nonsense" that can be published in humanities journals, so long as then-popular ideas about gender and sexuality are espoused.[12]

In 2020, Pluckrose released her non-fiction book, Cynical Theories, co-authored by Lindsay and published by Pitchstone Publishing. Shortly after its release the book became a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller [13] [14] [15] and a #1 bestseller in Philosophy on Amazon [16]. Harvard University’s Steven Pinker, psychologist and public intellectual, said of the book that it “exposes the surprisingly shallow intellectual roots of the movements that appear to be engulfing our culture”. [17]

References[edit]

  1. https://www.vox.com/2018/10/15/17951492/grievance-studies-sokal-squared-hoax
  2. Murray, Douglas. "Cynical Theories by Helen Pluckrose & James Lindsay review — woke warriors are conquering academia". ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  3. "The destructive power of culture wars and how they put liberalism in retreat". Crikey. 2020-09-11. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  4. "'Wokeness is being pushed on everyone'". www.spiked-online.com. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  5. "Subscribe to The Australian | Newspaper home delivery, website, iPad, iPhone & Android apps". www.theaustralian.com.au. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  6. "Helen Pluckrose – Battle of Ideas 2017". Retrieved 2020-09-06.
  7. https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/the-problem-with-grievance-studies/news-story/674aefae465e3b26b9690f2997510d33
  8. https://www.chronicle.com/article/scholar-who-pulled-off-publishing-hoax-defends-it-papers-are-either-sound-or-they-arent/
  9. "Subscribe to The Australian | Newspaper home delivery, website, iPad, iPhone & Android apps". www.theaustralian.com.au. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  10. https://areomagazine.com/2017/10/24/the-state-of-the-campus-and-womens-self-censorship/
  11. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/new-sokal-hoax/572212/
  12. https://areomagazine.com/2017/05/21/sokal-affair-2-0-penis-envy-addressing-its-critics/
  13. Pluckrose, Helen; Lindsay, James A. Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity--And Why This Harms Everybody. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  14. "Bestselling Books Week Ended August 29". Wall Street Journal. 2020-09-03. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  15. Press, Associated. "US-Best-Sellers-Books-USAToday". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  16. Pluckrose, Helen; Lindsay, James A. Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity--And Why This Harms Everybody. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  17. "Subscribe to The Australian | Newspaper home delivery, website, iPad, iPhone & Android apps". www.theaustralian.com.au. Retrieved 2020-10-01. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)


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