“STEM” is a very broad set. I wouldn’t say it’s dominated by “libertarians, racialist crackpots, and resentful anti-feminists,” at all.
Maybe current University settings? I dunno. But in the working field, I’ve mostly seen that with certain engineering and programming, usually low levels. Scientists *tend* towards the left, although not exclusively by any stretch. The internet itself is the work of the idealistic communistic left as the various networks came together. The whole sharing culture.
But, maybe it’s been changing. I dunno: the blog seemed like a solution looking for a problem, but perhaps I’m blind to it.
Oh that. The only people who think in terms of SJW at all is “I’m center left” and far right, although other parts of the right just say “liberals” in scare quotes.
They’re over represented online I think. (the “anti-SJW”).
The only group I could see as seeing the “SJWs” as anti-science would be the Bill Maher politics and what I call the “internet philosopher” who usually consider themselves dead center politically. Often spotted using the word “fallacy” more than once an hour.
College towns are places of experimentation. Wait ’til people leave college life and see where they go politically.
A lot of it is an age. 18-22. Short time in life but appears over represented online. Lots of free time. I could be wrong of course but a lot of it is stuff people get bored of by their mid-20s.
There was a hard push for about 10 yrs by the new atheist brigade to religify interest in the sciences, although I think most of that petered out by around 2014 or so. Now I think politics has taken over people more than anything and taking sides. But it’ll run its course too – hopefully.