A Harvard professor of evolutionary biology has been slammed by her department’s diversity head for rejecting the term ‘pregnant people’ and insisting on referring to people as male or female instead.
Carole Hooven, who has been at the university for 20 years and received multiple teaching awards, spoke of feeling ‘frustrated’ at the atmosphere in academia.
She told Fox News on Wednesday that she was dismayed at the insistence on politically correct terminology, which she felt was misguided.
University professors were discouraged from using the words male and female, and referring to pregnant women, she said. The terms were deemed offensive to the transgender and LGBTQ community.
‘I’ve been feeling pretty frustrated over the last five years or so. It’s been gradual,’ she said.
Carole Hooven, a Harvard professor of evolutionary biology, on Wednesday appeared on Fox News to discuss her concern about politically correct language ‘infiltrating’ her classrooms
‘This kind of ideology has been infiltrating science. It’s infiltrating my classroom, to some extent.’
Hooven said that her lessons were focused on hormones and behavior, sex and sex differences
On July 13 she published a widely 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 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.’
Earlier this week reporter Katie Herzog, writing for Bari Weiss’ Substack newsletter, spoke with one student at a med school in the University of California system who says instructors are too scared to acknowledge the existence of two different sexes because it ‘can be considered transphobic.’
The student, identified only as Lauren, told Herzog: ‘I think there’s a small percentage of instructors who are true believers [in woke ideology], but most of them are probably just scared of their students.’