Hello Angela,

Hardly having read your immediately foregoing exposition - a kind of tale I know and don't agree to - I read

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If I may be frank, I think I am going to have to wind down this thread, or at least my contribution to it. I am really really busy, caring for my daughter, dealing with finding and moving to new accomodation, coping with other serious issues including my own health problems, and, most importantly as far as this forum is concerned, working on a major project that should be very useful for people here and in general, as well as smaller projects.

I feel I've acquitted myself well from what I think have been highly problematic assumptions about my own academic discipline or approach. But this has required a lot of work and has been stopping me from that important project I'm engaged in, and means I've missed some other important threads even on this forum, and I think this is counterproductive.

My original reason for joining this thread was to point out problems in the peer review process. I've done that and even set out how those problems could be mitigated. I think that is enough. So I will be bowing out from further discussion about feminist sociology, social construction, and National socialism etc. If people think this is a cop-out, then they do.

As it happens I have a large site that does include some indication of what I think about feminism and postmodernism so there is little sense what little energy I have to use for replying to the foregoing, that does seem to me to be mostly (attenuated) po-mo, I'm sorry to say.

Interested readers may consult

Title: Scientific Realism versus Postmodernism
Link: http://www.maartensz.org/log/2010/NL100320a.htm

This is a brief nice tabular exposition and characterization of the two subjects. This shows also where I stand, I think, to which I may add that I am politically a classical liberal in Mill's sense

Title: On Liberty
Link: http://www.maartensz.org/philosophy/...erty%20TOC.htm

Angela probably knows John Stuart Mill was a feminist, which I only mention to inform others.

This comes - as most philosophical classics on my site - with extensive notes and comments by me. Then there are in my Philosophical Dictionary the lemmata

Title: Postmodernism
Link: http://www.maartensz.org/philosophy/...tmodernism.htm

Somehow I can't rid myself of the suspicion that Angela may have read this (meanwhile), but the interesting reader should make - po-o-ism! - her own mind up. And finally

Title: Feminism
Link: http://www.maartensz.org/philosophy/...F/Feminism.htm

The last two items are based on extensive experience with Dutch neo-marxists (they claimed to be), postmodern (would be and arrived) feminists, who ruled the University of Amsterdam from 1972-1995 because in that time the Dutch unversities were fully democratised and had a University Parliament consisting mostly of leftist careerists (all arrived now, presently - or until the economical crisis) selfstyled "neo-conservatives".

So it was my fate to be the only person to be removed from a Dutch university since WW II ended, namely because I was "a fascist" and "a terrorist" for askng the following questions as an invited speaker in the faculty of philosophy, briefly before taking my M.A. in it:

Title: 39 Questions about the qualities bof education and government in the Netherlands
Link: http://www.maartensz.org/meinadam/uvaquestions1988.htm

Beastly, isn't it? The Board of Directors wrote me that because of

your outspoken opinions about the level of the administration, education and research in this university, and about her administrators and staff

and in spite of

your illness, the seriousness of which we do not underestimate

for then I already had ME for 10 years, I should f*ck off. You see, Angela, I - po-mo-ism! - "critiqued" their "social constructs" and it hurt....

And so it goes.

Anyway - the above is a little background, to me, ME and po-mo and related subjects.


P.S. Meanwhile there is at least one other intermediate post but I suppose that when some sociologists cry

There's only one way to find out - F I G H T !!!!!!! Out they come. Go-on sociology...

they - dialectically! - mean the opposite. But maybe I misunderstand Angela, or maybe I just have all manner of dysfunctional social constructs between my ears instead of a brain, plus, it should be said - some forum-members seem to think - a soul, that is for the Brits in the loving care of NICE, just as in earlier days it was in the loving care of the nice inquisitors of that time. I don't believe it, but professor Wessely will swear, if necessary, with the Board of Directors of the University of Amsterdam, that my soul is a dysfunctional one, filled with nicely mistaken social constructs, although there is - of course! - nothing wrong with my soma.

P.P.S. If your light reading includes Reginald Hill, Angela: you do remind me a bit of Ellie Pascoe. (I hope this is not considered a sexist remark in - po-mo-ism! - inappropriate language.)