Didn't lovelies like this used to be called bi-sexual?
Christy Hammer, a professor of education, allegedly made the statement during a heated debate about gender identity in her ‘Creating a Positive Learning Environment’ class, causing an uproar among the graduate students.
Only one student agreed with the educator.
The rest maintained both biological sexes and social genders are on a spectrum.
Others attending the the class say most agreed that a spectrum exists for both gender and biological sex.
The point was first made during class on September 7, but was repeated a week later after student Elizabeth Leibiger, who is non-binary and was absent the previous week, brought up the topic again.
She then said she felt ‘under personal attack’ after the professor again said only two sexes exist.
‘I asked [Hammer] how many sexes there were,’ Leibiger said. ‘She said, ‘Two.’ I felt under personal attack.’
Biologically, there are only two sexes. Men have XY chromosomes, while women have XX chromosomes. Progressives say gender can have a broader spectrum than sex.
But anti-woke campaigners warning that the fixation on denying the biological reality that only two sexes exist is absurd, and potentially puts people’s health at risk.
Almost the entire class of 22 students walked out, all except one demanding a meeting to be held with the university’s School of Education and Human Development.
Elizabeth Leibiger, who is non-binary, said she felt ‘under personal attack’ after Professor Hammer said there were only two sexes
‘I let her know I didn’t think she was qualified to teach a class about positive learning environments. It’s the ultimate irony,’ Leibiger said to Fox News.
A restorative justice meeting was held, but Professor Hammer’s position didn’t change.
Two dozen graduate students in the class continued to demand that the university replace Hammer, believing her to be transphobic.
Students are now refusing to return to the classroom in which she teaches and will only attend class if a new educator be appointed.
The class is a requirement to complete the graduate-level Extended Teacher Education Program and become a certified teacher in Maine.
A restorative justice meeting was held, but Professor Hammer’s position didn’t change
The discussion began during a September 7 class but was revisited on the 14th. It saw 21 out of 22 students walk out and the professor refusing to back track
‘We are aware of this situation and are taking steps to provide students with the support needed,’ Interim Provost Adam Tuchinsky told the Bangor Daily News.
Another student suggested Hammer either undergo diversity training or simply retire.
The university has now suggested that an ‘alternative’ section for the class will be created but that the professor will not be removed.
‘We have developed an alternative plan for this class and will be opening a new section of this course for those students who would like to move. The original section taught by professor Hammer will continue for any student who wishes to remain in that class,’ a university spokesperson said.
‘It’s our job as educators to grow and change, address our biases, and above all else, protect every one of our students,’ Leibiger, pictured, argued. ‘I think that the next step USM needs to take is being clear what accountability will look like for Christy Hammer’
The university has now suggested an ‘alternative’ section for the class will be created but that the professor will not be removed
University officials have not revealed how many students will be moving to the new class.
‘It’s our job as educators to grow and change, address our biases, and above all else, protect every one of our students,’ Leibiger said. ‘I think that the next step USM needs to take is being clear what accountability will look like for Christy Hammer.’
There appear to be plenty of people happy to support Hammer’s position with almost 2,000 people signing a petition for her to keep her job.
Wrangles over sex and gender issues continue to roil campuses across the US. Transgender rights supporter say they wish to boost visibility and equality for a small, vulnerable section of society.
Critics have likened the issue to a mania they say is eroding women’s rights, and convincing youngsters to seek potentially irreversible medical treatments it is feared they could one day regret.