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University departments have entered into a never-ending competition to see who is the most woke. On this occasion, the universities of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and Groningen in the Netherlands have competed to see who takes the scepter for the most woke, which we suspect is accompanied by succulent grants for “gender studies”.
The University of Groningen has cancelled the performance of the play “Waiting for Godot” because there are no female characters in it. In fact, it’s even more woke than that. The performance has been cancelled because the casting notice only called for male actors to audition.
According to the university, everything would have been fine if 5 male actors had been cast, but only if it was after a casting open to all genders.
Samuel Beckett, writer of the play, left in his will that the 5 protagonists should always be men. Quite a visionary. Perhaps this is the underlying reason for the cancellation of the play, as the university claims that Becket’s last wishes have to be left behind, as “times have changed. The idea that only men are appropriate for this role is outdated and even discriminatory.”
These statements suggest that the fact that the casting was not open was merely an excuse for gender ideology activists to cancel this play, which had already been labeled as sexist, and its author as a misogynist.
The woke sect thus continues its iron censorship of culture, expanding its reign of terror to cancellation.
AI and feminism, according to the University of Cambridge
Another university trying to elbow its way to the top of the woke rankings is Cambridge University, which has published a study linking the lack of female workers in the AI field to women being underrepresented in film.
It seems as if the creators of the study had thought about what topical issue they could mix with feminism, even if it was with a shoehorn, and concluded that they had to talk about Artificial Intelligence.
According to this study, the fact that there are only 22% of women working in the field of artificial intelligence has nothing to do with the personal preferences and decisions of men and women when it comes to choosing a career, but is due to a “cultural stereotype” in the movies.
According to the study, movies have a huge influence and amplify cultural stereotypes that dictate who is suitable for a career in AI.
According to Cambridge, the alleged underrepresentation of female scientists in movies conditions women’s desire to study science. The study calculated that 8% of female characters in movies are female scientists and AI engineers. By some unknown scientific mechanism, they link that 8% to the 22% of women in the AI industry. For some other strange reason, they think that when women watch a movie they are unable to understand the message or the universal values it conveys, unless they are accurately represented by a female character.
This is where we enter into swampy ground by applying its own woke logic, because the study does not explain the different percentages of women’s representation by classifying them by skin color, nationality, socioeconomic status, even breaking them down by pronoun preference or gender with which they identify.
Nor do they offer a figure for the percentage of female scientific representation in films with which to achieve parity in the AI industry, nor whether science fiction films need to be ones that depict benign AI, or whether those that offer a negative view of AI somehow reduce women’s motivation to study science.
The truth is that the study does not sound very scientific, and rather looks like a piece of propaganda made by and for activists.
Ignacio Manuel García Medina, Business Management teacher. Artist and lecturer specialized in Popular Culture for various platforms. Presenter of the program "Pop Libertario" for the Juan de Mariana Institute. Lives in the Canary Islands, Spain // Ignacio M. García Medina es profesor de Gestión de Empresas. Es miembro del Instituto Juan de Mariana y conferenciante especializado en Cultura Popular e ideas de la Libertad.
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