Evolutionary psych professor Geoffrey Miller is calling it “disgraceful” that the American Association of University Professors has dumped evolutionary science in defining sex and gender, arguing that scientists have shown that those definitions have changed over time and the gender binary is being pushed by politicians and religious fundamentalists.
Disgraceful that the leading union for American faculty, @AAUP, has sided with gender feminism ('serious scholars doing years of assiduous research') over evolutionary science in defining sex & gender. Why take such a blatantly partisan & biased position?https://t.co/UrziJ91CF3 pic.twitter.com/b37VQgBNZK
— Geoffrey Miller (@primalpoly) December 5, 2018
In a statement titled, “The Assault on Gender and Gender Studies,” the AAUP argues that “like attacks on climate science, the effort to establish a legal definition of gender as binary could lead to denying research funding to scholars and to impugning the value and validity of their scholarly work. Fixing the meaning of gender in this way may undermine the open-ended forms of inquiry that define research and teaching in a democracy.”
As Twitchy reported, the Trump administration has proposed rolling back Obama administration decisions to loosen the legal concept of gender in federal programs, including in education and health care, and that has the AAUP concerned that tying gender to the genitals one is born with could have an effect on the funding of gender studies departments.
“Politicians and religious fundamentalists are neither scientists nor scholars,” the statement reads. “Their motives are ideological. It is they who are offering ‘gender ideology’ by attempting to override the insights of serious scholars. By substituting their ideology for years of assiduous research, they impose their will in the name of a ‘science’ that is without factual support.”
So scientists and scholars believe there are how many genders? What’s the latest research conclude?
This is a real blow to science. We are dumbing down to appease a less than 1 pct of society @AAUP does certainly does not stand for educational advancement.
— Shaw (@stephsc44) December 5, 2018
The same reason prominent evo-psych researchers still identify as 'male feminists' despite their own research contradicting its fabricated gender ideology – they'd like to keep their tenure.
The anti-science left is in control of academia.
— Rollo Tomassi (@RationalMale) December 6, 2018
Because they are partisan and biased.
— Gary Rubinstein (@GaRuEdu1) December 5, 2018
Projection, projection, always projection.
— Simon Smart (@warriorprotocol) December 6, 2018
I can't stand when people are doing *exactly* what they claim others are. Very often true in politics–if you want to know what someone is doing, pay attention to what they say others are doing (Marxist superstructure, racial and sexual discrimination…).
— Steven Gussman (@schwinn3) December 6, 2018
A bizarre statement prepared by an ideologue. "Their motives are ideological" is particularly ludicrous, given the explicitly ideological–and non-scientific–nature of this statement.
— Jason Jackson (@JohnJackson927) December 5, 2018
It's a political outcome that is based on the numbers of members from the departments and not in the expertise of their members, claims to the contrary notwithstanding.
— Peter Tobias (@PeterTobias8) December 5, 2018
I am shocked, absolutely shocked, that a union would take a blatantly partisan and biased position.
— Christopher Watson (@SSGCMWatson) December 6, 2018
Mostly to preserve their social position. Avoid the purge and shunning that would follow.
— Justin "Habeas Corpus" Cody (@PakkonenHybrid) December 5, 2018
Surrendering their authority to populist ideologies and in the process, negating the potency of the institutions place in society. What has taken hundreds of years to cultivate is surrendered in a few illogical statements.
— EnviroMental (@Polysymptomatic) December 6, 2018
Social science and victim studies > real science
— James Canizales (@jcani2002) December 5, 2018
Taking on a role in society is much different than pretending science can make one sex into another. What a head game.
— Barry L. Dreger (@Greenspeeder) December 6, 2018
Decades of colleges accepting a high % of unqualified students via quotas who use hysteria and hyperbole because they are incapable of using logic and reason.
Colleges then hire these same incompetents and create 'Grievance Studies' departments to placate them and here we are.
— byronaaugust (@byronaaugust) December 6, 2018
Grade A gaslighting.
— Deadname (@VWHORUSHD) December 6, 2018
So…how many genders does this leave us with?
— Don't Start (@nivlag2018) December 5, 2018
Like they said, “Biologists, anthropologists, historians, and psychologists have repeatedly shown that definitions of sex and sexuality have varied over time and across cultures and political regimes.” More study is required, so hand over that grant money.
Science journal Nature finds assigning gender by the genitals one is born with ‘has no foundation in science’ https://t.co/pVKaWL4S6V
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) November 21, 2018