Harvard professor of evolutionary biology criticized by diversity chief for rejecting term ‘pregnant people’
A Harvard professor of evolutionary biology has been criticized by her department’s head of diversity for rejecting the term “pregnant people” and insisting on referring to people as male or female instead.
Carole Hooven, who has worked at the university for 20 years and has received multiple teaching awards, said she was “frustrated” with the atmosphere in academia.
She told Fox News on Wednesday that she was baffled by the insistence on politically correct terminology, which she said was misleading.
University professors were discouraged from using the words masculine and feminine and referring to pregnant women, she said. The terms were considered offensive to the transgender and LGBTQ community.
“I’ve been feeling pretty frustrated for the last five years. It’s been gradual,’ she said.
Carole Hooven, a professor of evolutionary biology at Harvard, appeared on Fox News Wednesday to discuss her concerns about politically correct language “infiltrating” her classrooms.
“This kind of ideology has permeated science. It penetrates my classroom to some extent.’
Hooven said her classes focused on hormones and behavior, sex and gender differences.
Hooven has taught at Harvard for 20 years, but said she has become increasingly concerned over the past five years
On July 13, she published a critically acclaimed book, “T: The Story of Testosterone, the Hormone That Dominates and Divides Us.”
She continued, “Part of that science is teaching the facts.
“And the facts are that there are basically two sexes – there are male and female – and those sexes are denoted by the kind of gametes we produce.
‘Do we make eggs, large sex cells, or small sex cells, sperm. And that’s how we know if someone is a man or a woman.
“And the ideology seems to be that biology really isn’t as important as how a person feels about themselves, or their gender.”
Earlier this week, reporter Katie Herzog, who writes for Bari Weiss’s Substack newsletter, spoke to a medical school student in the University of California’s system who says instructors are too scared to believe the existence of recognize two different genders because it ‘could be considered transphobic. .’
The student, identified only as Lauren, told Herzog: “I think there is a small percentage of instructors who are true believers. [in woke ideology], but most of them are probably just afraid of their students.’
Lauren says there are real implications for trying to erase the differences between biological sex, as medical conditions often affect biological men and women differently
Reporter Katie Herzog (pictured) spoke to Lauren for her story, which was published on Bari Weiss’s Substack
Lauren claimed that in recent months students have circulated a number of petitions designed to “name and shame” teachers for “wrongspeak.”
Hooven was interviewed for the story and said she was concerned about the trend in academia.
The article was published Tuesday on Bari Weiss’ Substack page
“You know, we can treat people with respect and respect their gender identity and use their favorite pronouns,” she said Wednesday.
“So understanding the facts about biology doesn’t stop us from treating people with respect.”
Hooven said political correctness was “incredibly confusing for science teachers and for students trying to learn more about the world and learn the tools of science and critical thinking.”
She said it was wrong for professors and the media to “start using certain terms that they fear people will find offensive.”
She continued: “And that fear is based on reality. People find these terms offensive; they do complain on social media; they ridicule people and even threaten to fire people.
So it’s no wonder that many people succumb and give in to social pressures.
“But we are doing students and the public a great disservice and dividing the population.”
Hooven’s comments were strongly criticized on Friday by Laura Simone Lewis, who tweeted: “As director of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force for my department @HarvardHEB, I am appalled and frustrated by the transphobic and harmful comments made by a member of my department. in this interview with Fox and Friends.
Laura Simone Lewis, the diversity director at the Harvard department where Hooven teaches, said she was “shocked” by the professor’s comments
“Let’s be clear: if you respect different gender identities and strive to use correct pronouns, you would know that people of different genders/sex can be pregnant, including trans men, intersex and non-gender people. That’s not that hard for medical students to understand.
“Inclusive language like ‘pregnant people’ shows respect for EVERYONE who has the opportunity to conceive, not just cis women. It is vital to teach med students gender inclusive language as they will definitely interact with people who identify outside of the gender binary.”
Lewis concluded that Hooven’s comments were “dangerous” and inappropriate.
“This dangerous language perpetuates a system of discrimination against non-cis people in the medical system,” she said.