Twitterclash as Harvard Professor Labelled 'Transphobic' After Defending Biological Sex
In her Fox appearance, Hooven said: "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".
"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", Lewis noted.
"I appreciate your concerns. Could you let me (and the Twitterverse) know exactly what I said that you consider transphobic or harmful to undergrads? I think you know that I care deeply about all of my students, and I also care about science. How about a discussion?", Hooven tweeted on 30 July.
I appreciate your concerns. Could you let me (and the Twitterverse) know exactly what I said that you consider transphobic or harmful to undergrads? I think you know that I care deeply about all of my students, and I also care about science. How about a discussion? @HarvardHEB https://t.co/29TkGD4vM2— Carole Hooven (@hoovlet) July 30, 2021
She lost me when she said "evolution designs". That's a total misunderstanding of evolution, Darwin is turning in his grave.— Lisa T Mullin (@LisaTMullin) July 31, 2021
The rest is half truths, gross generalisations, stereotypes and a complete misunderstanding of what testosterone actually does.
What a wasted opportunity to explain why exclusively teaching about "pregnant women" is problematic. The most frustrating part is the blind and lazy refusal to ask "why?" ... and the audacity to play victim.— Dr. Thompson González 🥑🫐 (@NicoleAlineSci) July 30, 2021
If you cannot care for trans man that are pregnant because you think that pregnancy is for women then you medical license should be revoked permanently since you put the life of the man and baby in grave danger.— zwip (@zwip778) July 30, 2021
Male and female are distinguished by biology, "the design plan for the gametes" according to @hoovlet. Here she agrees - quite rightly - that women get pregnant.— Debbie Hayton 🏳️⚧️🏳️🌈 (@DebbieHayton) July 31, 2021
I am appalled at the bullying and intimidation she is now facing for defending the truth.https://t.co/kYIWOaewR3
That’s quite the allegation. Can you clarify which remarks in particular were “transphobic and harmful”? I’ve watched the video and heard nothing that remotely matches that description.— Andrew Doyle (@andrewdoyle_com) July 30, 2021
What did she say that was transphobic and harmful? And is it collegial to trigger a prospective mob against a colleague? Perhaps you could have approached her privately and politely for a chat?— Gad Saad (@GadSaad) July 30, 2021
"Also, it's absolutely awful for her to quote tweet this, fully knowing her followers would back her up by attacking Laura (a grad student!), and then disengage saying, 'oh let's take this offline.' If you actually care about student well-being you *do not* do this", the re-tweeted post said.