A Washington Post article urged academics and scholars to avoid citing research by straight, white men because it’s “oppressive.
The article, titled “Why these professors are warning against promoting the work of straight, white men,” says “Academics and scholars must be mindful about using research done by only straight, white men, according to two scientists who argued that it oppresses diverse voices and bolsters the status of already privileged and established white male scholars.”
The paper by geographers Carrie Mott and Daniel Cockayne argues that citing straight white men perpetuates “white heteromasculinism,” which they say is a “system of oppression” benefitting only “white, male, able-bodied, economically privileged, heterosexual, and cisgendered.”
The two argue that “scholars or researchers disproportionately cite the work of white men, thereby unfairly adding credence to the body of knowledge they offer while ignoring the voices of other groups, like women and black male academics.”
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In their 22-page paper, “Citation matters: mobilizing the politics of citation toward a practice of ‘conscientious engagement,'” they explained that their work was motivated by “shared feelings of discomfort, frustration, and anger” over actions of fellow scholars and publication practices…
Mott and Cockayne both describe themselves as feminists and have done research related to feminism.
Mott also focuses her research on race and social justice, among other things. She describes herself as a “feminist political geographer,” who’s interested in “how resistance movements mobilize to fight against state-sponsored violence and marginalization.” Cockayne’s research and interest are on digital media, entrepreneurship, and gender and sexuality.