You read that right. We argued that climate change is “conceptually” caused by penises

h/t USteiner

From the Sad but True Department;

The androcentric scientific and meta-scientific evidence that the penis is the male reproductive organ is considered overwhelming and largely uncontroversial.

That’s how we began. We used this preposterous sentence to open a “paper” consisting of 3,000 words of utter nonsense posing as academic scholarship. Then a peer-reviewed academic journal in the social sciences accepted and published it.

This paper should never have been published.

The Climate Change aspect of this craziness is not unprecedented

But at least in this hoax paper the Social Science/Climate Change case is irrefutable 😜

You read that right. We argued that climate change is “conceptually” caused by penises. How do we defend that assertion?

If you’re having trouble understanding what any of that means, there are two important points to consider. First, we don’t understand it either. Nobody does. This problem should have rendered it unpublishable in all peer-reviewed, academic journals. Second, these examples are remarkably lucid compared to much of the rest of the paper.


No one knows what any of this means because it is complete nonsense. Anyone claiming to is pretending. Full stop.

It gets worse. Not only is the text ridiculous, so are the references. Most of our references are quotations from papers and figures in the field that barely make sense in the context of the text.

Read the rest here

Update #1

It seems this story its travelling now with some deeply ironic defence;

More here

Update #2


Unfortunately, it was taken entirely seriously and rated “outstanding” by peer-review. This has produced much criticism of Cogent Social Science and also of the state of discourse within gender studies. It has also produced some criticism of the hoax and five primary objections can be distinguished.


4 thoughts on “You read that right. We argued that climate change is “conceptually” caused by penises

  1. […] y a des climatosceptiques qui se sont amusés de ce que leur article prétende le changement climatique … et qui ont ajouté ça à leur pile de preuves que le réchauffement global est un mythe. Comment […]

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