one could confirm that Helen Wilson had ever earned a PhD from their program."
Helen Wilson, author of a viral study on "rape culture" in dog parks, appears to have fabricated her credentials.
In Nov. 2017 Wilson, supposedly a PhD scholar in Feminist Studies, submitted a study to The Journal of Feminist Geography titled “Human reactions to rape culture and queer performativity at urban dog parks in Portland, Oregon.” The study, published in 2018, studied the sexual behavior of pets in a dog park as a "microcosm" form the "rape culture" perpetuated by human males.
But Campus Reform reported on Wednesday that, after contacting
Wilson also claimed to serve as the lead researcher of the "Portland Ungendering Research Initiative." However, the PURI's website was launched only four days after Wilson submitted her research, and seems to be in a perpetual state of being taken down "due to safety concerns."
Campus Reform was unable to locate any other academics involved with PURI.
Wilson's study took account of “nearly 1000 hours" of dogs and their human companions at three public dog parks in Portland. It concluded that there was “one dog rape/humping incident every 60 minutes.”
“Dog parks are microcosms where hegemonic masculinist norms governing queering behavior and compulsory heterosexuality can be observed in a cross-species environment,” Wilson's study said.
Her study claimed that