Carole Hooven, a Harvard professor, refused to use the term pregnant people. “The ideology seems to be that biology really isn’t as important as how somebody feels about themselves, or feels their sex to be. The facts are that there are, in fact, two sexes, there are male and female,” she said.
Carole Hooven, a professor of evolutionary biology at Harvard University has come under fire from the LGTBI community. She’s being accused of transphobia after revealing in an interview that she and her colleagues have trouble defining the gender of certain words.
This fact became clear when the co-director of university studies refused to use the term “pregnant people”, preferring instead to say, “pregnant women“. This caused her to receive a series of accusations, as people claimed she was being prejudiced against trans people.
This happened in an interview with Fox and Friends, where Hooven argued that the terms used by the LGTBI community in order to be inclusive are incorrect. In fact, she emphasized that it is an ideological issue.
“The ideology seems to be that biology really isn’t as important as how somebody feels about themselves, or feels their sex to be. 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,” Hooven said.
“This kind of ideology has been infiltrating science. It’s infiltrating my classroom, to some extent. I’ve been feeling pretty frustrated for the last five years or so. It’s been gradual,” she added.
This situation even earned her lash back from her own colleagues. Laura Simone Lewis, director of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force at Harvard’s Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, dismissed the comments on her Twitter account.
“I am appalled and frustrated by the transphobic and harmful remarks made by a member of my department (…) 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,” she said.
“I respect Carole as a colleague and scientist. But this dangerous language perpetuates a system of discrimination against non-cis people within the medical system. It directly opposes our Task Force work that aims to create a safe space for scholars of ALL gender identities and sexes,” she added.