The IWF has criticized Mary Koss’ study of rape incidence over and over for being “commissioned by Ms. Magazine.” I’ve written about this before.
What I didn’t realize until last week (when I was researching this post) is that the IWF has financed a study conducted by the think tank The Institute for American Values (IAV). (The study is the source of much of the talk about the alleged “hook-up culture” on college campuses today).
So, the IWF commissioned a study – just like Ms. They selected researchers, just like Ms.
Hey, wasn’t the IWF claiming that there was something wrong about doing that?
Of course, there are a few differences:
- Koss’ study design was published and presented at conferences years before Ms‘s involvement began – proof that Ms didn’t influence the study’s basic design. The “hook up” study design was not published before the IWF got involved.
- Unlike Koss’ study (supervised and funded by the National Institute for Mental Health), the “hook up” study was not independently supervised by a neutral scientific institution.
- Unlike Koss’ study, the “hook up” study did not pass through an academic peer review process before being published.
So either the IWF doesn’t believe that studies are corrupted by being associated with an ideological group, and they were just pretending to believe that to dis Koss…
Or, they do believe that studies are corrupted by association, and they intentionally set out to make a corrupt study.
I really don’t see a third possibility.
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P.S. Just to be clear, this post is not criticizing the “hook up” study. The study is good or bad on its own merits; that the IWF funded it doesn’t matter to me. I’m just pointing out that, yet again, the IWF has shown all the intellectual integrity of a carnival barker.