Professors at America’s top medical schools are being bullied into teaching students that biological sex is a construct and are apologizing for using the terms ‘male’ and ‘female’, students say.
Reporter Katie Herzog 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 – shared her story with Herzog in an article published on Bari Weiss’s Substack blog on Tuesday.
‘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,’ Lauren told Herzog.
Lauren claims that, in recent months, students have circulated a number of petitions designed to ‘name and shame’ instructors for ‘wrongspeak.’
Professors at America’s top medical schools are being bullied into teaching students that biological sex is a construct and are apologizing for using the terms ‘male’ and ‘female’, one writer claims
Lauren says that there are real world implications for trying to erase the differences between biological sex, as medical conditions often affect biological males and females differently
In one of Lauren’s classes, which was recorded and posted online, a professor profusely apologized for using the term ‘pregnant woman’.
Lauren says the unnamed professor told their class: ‘I said “when a woman is pregnant,” which implies that only women can get pregnant and I most sincerely apologize to all of you.
‘I don’t want you to think that I am in any way trying to imply anything, and if you can summon some generosity to forgive me, I would really appreciate it,’ the professor states in the recording, which Herzog obtained access to.
‘It was certainly not my intention to offend anyone. The worst thing that I can do as a human being is be offensive.’
‘Since recent petitions were sent out, instructors have been far more proactive about ‘correcting’ their slides in advance or sending out emails to the school listserv if any upcoming material has ‘outdated’ terminology,’ Lauren told Herzog.
‘At first, compliance is demanded from outside, and eventually the instructors become trained to police their own language proactively.’
In another recording obtained by Herzog, one instructor can be heard stating: ‘Biological sex, sexual orientation, and gender are all constructs. These are all constructs that we have created.’
Reporter Katie Herzog (pictured) spoke with Lauren for her story, which was published on Bari Weiss’s Substack
Lauren says her college also uses an ‘online forum’ which sees students correct teachers who use language they find offensive.
Examples she shared with Herzog included professors being told not to use the terms ‘male’, and ‘female,’ and warned to use the term ‘chestfeeding’ instead of breastfeeding, to avoid offending transgender men who have given birth.
That forum can see students share their ‘suggestions,’ in real time, with one professor reportedly driven to tears after being upbraided for using ‘male’ and ‘female’ during one of their lectures.
Lauren also told of how students circulated petitions to try and pressure professors into complying with their linguistic demands.
On one occasion, they were angered by a staff member’s decision to use the pronouns ‘she’ and ‘her’, as well as the terms ‘father’ and ‘son,’ during a lesson on chromosomal disorders, with those words blasted as ‘cisnormative.’
‘Cis’ – short for cisgender – is a term used to describe someone who identifies as the gender they were born as, as opposed to a transgender person.
That petition is said to have yielded fast results, with the instructor quickly apologizing for using ‘binary’ language.
The same member of staff was also condemned for describing a transgender person as a ‘man changing into a woman’.
Students were angry that their teacher was suggesting the person wasn’t always a woman.
But Lauren was left mystified by the complaint, telling Herzog: ‘If trans women were born women, why would they need to transition?’
Meanwhile, a recent graduate from the Mount Sinai Medical School in New York also told Herzog that there was a preoccupation with sex and gender at that institution.
‘Everything was about pronouns,’ the student stated. ‘[But] it was impossible to push back without worrying about getting expelled.’
That graduate said many of their peers introduced themselves to patients with their pronouns, and asked for them in return.
Lauren says that there are real world implications for trying to erase the differences between the two sexes, as medical conditions often affect biological males and females differently.
The article was published Tuesday on Bari Weiss’s Substack page
She cites aortic aneurysms – which can be deadly – as one example. Males are four times as likely as females to experience an aortic aneurysm, but Lauren says ‘this very significant difference wasn’t emphasized’ during classes.
The trainee highlighted how crucial time is for her and her fellow medics, and said vital seconds could be wasted by trying to establish a patient’s sex.
Meanwhile, many medical experts similarly say that erasure of biological sex will have an adverse affect on patients.
Herzog and Weiss also cited the example of a transgender man
‘How male and female members of our species develop, how they differ genetically, anatomically, physiologically, and with respect to diseases and their treatment are foundational to clinical medicine and research,’ one anonymous former dean of a top medical school told Herzog.
‘Efforts to erase or diminish these foundations should be unacceptable to responsible professional leaders.’
Harvard professor Carole Hooven agrees, stating: ‘Today’s students will go on to hold professional positions that give them a great deal of power over others’ bodies and minds.
‘These young people are our future doctors, educators, researchers, statisticians, psychologists. To ignore or downplay the reality of sex and sex-based differences is to perversely handicap our understanding and our ability to increase human health and thriving.’