Friday, October 09, 2020

The invisibility of the dominant ideology of male supremacism in the discussion of Nobel Prizes

If four women winning 2020 Nobel Prizes (with the first four announcements giving four to women and five to men), is "ideological", then so is the first four 2019 announcements giving ten to men and zero to women (or one to a woman since the 2018 Literature prize was awarded to Olga Tokarczuk in 2019). Yet with such a male-centered ratio (ten to zero, or eleven to one), there is no talk of "ideology" determining the prize-winners – or if women raise the issue, their observations are dismissed as "identity politics". The dominant ideology – here, of male supremacism – remains invisible, and is kept invisible by the dismissal of feminist claims as "ideological." (Andrew Shields, #111words, 9 October)


(This picks up on yesterday's post.)

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