Statistically insignificant (letter)by Lance EcclesNews Weekly
, June 12, 2010
The Monash academic Dr Mindy Blaise, whose work is described in "Kinder kids quizzed on their sexuality" (News Weekly
, May 29, 2010), does not seem to realise that her choice of words subverts her ideological framework.
She says of one of her subjects that the little girl "has drawn upon the heterosexual matrix in her naming of the crocodiles as complementary genders".
Her use of the word "complementary" in referring to male-female relations suggests that any other gender combination is non-complementary and therefore unsatisfactory.
Her project, based on a statistically insignificant sample of fewer than 20 subjects, is symptomatic of the trivial activities that pass for research in so many university departments.Lance Eccles,