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‘Frustrated’ professor who refuses to say ‘pregnant people’ is slammed by peers

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A professor has faced fierce backlash for refusing to say pregnant "people" instead of women.

Carole Hooven, from Harvard University, complained about "ideology infiltrating her classroom" with regards to sexes and claims pressure has gradually mounted to not be offensive.

But a member of her own faculty has criticised Prof Hooven's comments on TV, arguing it is not exactly difficult to "respect for EVERYONE who has the ability to get pregnant".

The Ivy League professor told Fox News last week: "I've been feeling pretty frustrated over the last five years or so. It's been gradual.

"This kind of ideology has been infiltrating science. It's infiltrating my classroom, to some extent.

"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."

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In the same conversation, Hooven encouraged others in similar teaching positions to not "back away from using certain terms" that they fear others will "find offensive".

Hooven argued that sticking to the term "pregnant woman" does not necessarily mean disrespecting those who identify as another gender.

She added: "You know, we can treat people with respect and respect their gender identities and use their preferred pronouns.

"So understanding the facts about biology doesn't prevent us from treating people with respect."

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Laura Simone Lewis, from the Harvard Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, which proudly promotes Hooven's work online, objected to her comments.

PhD Candidate Lewis tweeted: "As the Director of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force for my dept @HarvardHEB, I am appalled and frustrated by the transphobic and harmful remarks made by a member of my dept in this interview with Fox and Friends.

"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.

"That isn't too hard for medical students to understand.

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"Inclusive language like 'pregnant people' demonstrates respect for EVERYONE who has the ability to get pregnant, not just cis women.

"It is vital to teach med students gender-inclusive language, as they will certainly interact with people that identify outside the gender binary."

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