Symptomatic Commentary

In general, I am loathe to share hot-button takes from the NPR set as I tend to find the mixture of liberal self-congratulation, the TED talk simpleton’s vision of science, and fads in sociology and social psychology to be sickening.  However, the last episode of Invisiblia really hit on a problem of the way many institutional gauges for “female empowerment” work as well as the perils of the replication crisis, although it downplays the latter.

The case study is Rwanda, where after the genocide, female empowerment and representation in civic life was degreed, but as the podcast showed, private life remained, incredibly patriarchal in ways that few women in US or Europe, despite their countries showing up much lower on those female empowerment indexes would accept. Part of the irony of this episode is that the case study about the female debaters tries to expand to the entire country in…

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