Welcome to the next chapter of Everything is Offensive, brought to you by the wonderful world of runaway, social-justice academia. This time around, a handful of Canadian researchers have determined that the game of dodgeball is a tool of “oppression” that dehumanizes players and makes them fear their classmates.
“When you’re setting up the environment for students to learn, and you introduce the idea that it’s okay to slam the ball at whomever you like, even if it’s with a soft ball, the intention is there,” said Joy Butler, a professor at University of British Columbia. “When students think it’s okay because they’re being told it’s okay to do that, what do they learn? People say [dodgeball] is being used as an outlet for aggression or catharsis. I suspect that this is where they’re learning that.”
Right. The game of dodgeball is the incubator for human aggression. Who knew? How many wars could have been avoided if only we’d recognized this dangerous game for what it was? Thank goodness we have modern-day “scientists” to figure out what the rest of us are too dull-minded to figure out on our own – perhaps because we took too many dodgeball shots to the head in our youth.
In case you think this was an actual scientific study and not just left-wing nuttery in disguise, read this description of the study from the Washington Post:
Researchers set out to interview middle-school-age students about broader questions in physical education courses, but kept hearing the same thing from certain students: They hated dodgeball.
Interviewers dug deeper, asking students why, then plotted the answers against political theorist Iris Marion Young’s “Five Faces of Oppression,” an article published in her 1990 book “Justice and the Politics of Difference.”
Young argues oppression’s faces are:
Exploitation: Using other people’s labors to benefit for oneself.
Marginalization: Relegating a group of lower standing to the edge of society.
Powerlessness: Those relegated have a lack autonomy.
Cultural imperialism: Establishing the rules and customs of the ruling class as the norm.
Violence: Members of a group of lower standing know they may be subject to random, unprovoked attacks.
Sorry, but this has nothing to do with science. This is beyond the pale even for the notoriously untrustworthy “soft” sciences. This is ideology masked as science, and it barely deserves a mention in the local newsletter, much less the Washington Post.
Cultural imperialism, really? Get a life.