Carol Hooven is a professor of evolutionary biology who has been teaching at Harvard for twenty years. She has won awards for her teaching and has recently published a book entitled “T: The Story of Testosterone, the Hormone that Dominates and Divides Us,” which has won widespread praise. You would think that Harvard would be proud to have such a distinguished professor on its faculty.
But, Carol Hooven is now a target of the “woke” crowd because, as an evolutionary biologist, she affirmed in an interview on Fox & Friends that there are only two sexes: male and female. Hooven said that it’s her job to teach science, and “Part of that science is teaching the facts. … And the facts are that there are in fact two sexes – there are male and female – and those sexes are designated by the kind of gametes we produce. Do we make eggs, big sex cells, or little sex cells, sperm? And that’s how we know whether someone is male or female. And the ideology seems to be that biology really isn’t as important as how somebody feels about themselves, or feels their sex to be.” Hooven has also caught heat for insisting that it is perfectly proper to speak of “pregnant women.” Hooven went on to say that it was wrong for educators and those in the media to, “start backing away from using certain terms that they are afraid people will find offensive. And that fear is based in reality. People do find these terms offensive; they do complain on social media; they do shame people and even threaten to get people fired. … So it’s no wonder that a lot of people are caving and yielding to the social pressure. But we are doing students and the public a great disservice, and dividing the populace.”
As you might have guessed, this didn’t sit well with the diversity and inclusion mob. In response to Hooven’s astounding claim that there are only two sexes, male and female, and that it is perfectly reasonable to speak of “pregnant women,” Directory of Diversity (Sheesh!) Laura Simone Lewis, who apparently identifies as a “Blewish feminist mermaid,” tweeted, “As the Director of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force for my dept @HarvardHEB, I am appalled and frustrated by the transphobic and harmful remarks made by a member of my dept in this interview with Fox and Friends. … Let’s be clear: if you respect diverse gender identities & aim to use correct pronouns, then you would know that people with diverse genders/sexes can be pregnant incl Trans men, intersex people & gender nonconforming people. That isn’t too hard for medical students to understand. … Inclusive language like ‘pregnant people’ demonstrates respect for EVERYONE who has the ability to get pregnant, not just cis women. It is vital to teach med students gender inclusive language, as they will certainly interact with people that identify outside the gender binary. … I respect Carole as a colleague & scientist. But this dangerous language perpetuates a system of discrimination against non-cis people within the med system. It directly opposes our Task Force work that aims to create a safe space for scholars of ALL gender identities and sexes.” [italics added].
Where to start? First of all, how did someone who “identifies” as a “mermaid” get taken seriously enough so that she landed a job at Harvard, supposedly one of the most august and prestigious universities on the planet? And what in the world is a “Blewish feminist”? Does this person really expect others to go along with this pretend play? Maybe those at Harvard who are too woke for their own good, or too afraid to rock the PC boat will let her get away with this, but no doctor or nurse in his or her right mind is going to play along. This is insanity, and it has to stop, or Harvard and every other institution that plays along with this pretense is going to be made a laughing-stock outside of the 1% cultural elites that think they’re smarter than everyone else.
Second, there are only two sexes, and only one of those sexes — namely, female — can get pregnant. Men can’t get pregnant. Women who think they’re men can get pregnant, but these people are not men. They are women who think they are men and who are in desperate need of mental health care and spiritual nourishment in order to help them adjust to whatever internal struggles are causing such confusion. That confusion, and the attendant consequences, will not be managed or healed by intellectuals in academia playing along with her confusion and demanding that medical professionals and biologist do the same. This has everything to do with respect, not for someone who insists they were born in the wrong body, but for someone who requires compassion and healing to move beyond her dysphoria.
Third, it’s not the job of Harvard or any other educational institution, especially those of such rank, to create “safe spaces” for scholars, or for anyone. It’s for them to prepare people for the vagaries of a world that mostly doesn’t give a rat’s patooty about their feelings or identities. Life is hard. Harvard has no right to make it harder by telling people they have a right to pretend to be what they’re not and to encourage them to believe that others will give a hoot.
This insanity must end.
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