Or they work as baristas due to systemic bias that works against them, limiting their research and policy-drafting opportunities compared to harder sciences.
If they had anything to offer of value, they’d be employed and compensated. “Systemic Bias” is just the latest shibboleth used when one wants to claim discrimination where there in fact is none.
I think the difference can be better explained by ‘new’ and ‘old’ sciences.
Better to refer to your “new” sciences for what they are — not science at all. That doesn’t mean there’s no VALUE there as it comes to social understanding, but it’s not “science” since it can’t employ the scientific method to test theory.
Despite the field’s relative infancy, gender studies have seen tremendous enrollment number in recent years,
Yes. It’s the primary cause of income inequality growth, in this decade. And also one of the causes, I suspect, of inequities in STEM hiring. If you give people a simple curriculum to study and tell them that they can get a job in it (even if that’s not quite true) they’ll take the easy way out. STEM is a lot more work and gets in the way of partying. (This issue is also true with business degrees and STEM as well, and has been for quite some time.)
To say an entire field dedicated to the study of political and social interactions has no weight when it comes to social issues is to say physics and astronomy have no role in space exploration. It does not make sense.
Nobody claimed that there was zero value. The point is that most gender differences are explainable by biology; either the biology is the direct cause of the difference, or it is causal to choices being made.
Moreover, discounting this field because it relies predominately on survey data (and I have no clue if that’s true or not) would imply you must also discount fields like psychology, which was built off even worse forms of data: clinical studies.
All sociology depends on survey data. And you’re correct, psychology falls in about the same classification; its just that there is a larger body of work in that field than neosociology.