Anime Right News (ARN) — A college student was banned from returning to one of his classes for mansplaining and the transphobic microaggression of saying that there were simply two genders.
On Feb. 28th, Lake Ingle went to his Religious Studies class and sat down in the same seat he has been sitting in all year. The professor put on a TedTalk. A fairly normal start for class. Then, the TedTalk started. The speech was given by Paula Stone Williams, a transgender woman, on “the reality of white male privilege and sexism,” words of his professor.
In the video, Ms. Williams discusses what it is like to have lived as both a man and a woman and all the horrible hardships she faces now that she has transitioned. She claims that these hardships have nothing to do with other people just being rude or that fact that she has transitioned, no, she says these hardships are all directly related to her newly found femininity. She talks about man-splaining, the patriarchy, and male sexism.
After the video was over the professor opened the floor for discussion. When she did though, she told the men in the classroom that they were not allowed to speak until all the woman in the class had a chance to voice their opinions. No one in the classroom spoke for a minute. Mr. Ingle then spoke up and voiced his opinion stating that most biologists agree there are only 2 genders and that the gender-pay gap is much more complicated than just solely gender. Others in the classroom at this point had joined in on the discussion and it proceeded as normal.
The next morning Mr. Ingle had a meeting with his professor, who presented him with the following two documents.
The first document is an academic referral form is a professor submitted against him and the second his a hand typed note detailing the Alleged violation and the Documented Sanctions he has to abide by to remain in the class. Lake is in his last semester of college and this class is required for his major if he does not comply with the sanctions listed above he will not be allowed to return to class.
He is required to write a written apology claiming why he was disrespectful and state what he really should think. He will explain to his class the same thing. then he "will begin class with an apology to the class for his behavior and then listen in silence as the professor and/or any student who wishes to speak shares how he or she felt during Lake's disrespectful and disruptive outbursts."
How absolutely ridiculous is that? Something this totalitarian is really hard to process when you have been told your whole life you live in a country of freedoms this is some high-level Chinese Communist Propaganda.
He was given 10 days to agree to this and when he refused the University sent him this letter.
The letter states he will not be allowed to return to class or have any contact with the class or the professor until the matter is resolved.
Lake meets this Friday with Academic Integrity Board (AIB) of the Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania (IUP) in regards to the allegations of classroom misconduct.
Mr. Ingle posted this statement on the matter detailing this whole ordeal on Facebook.
Later this week I will be defending myself and my FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS in front of the Academic Integrity Board (AIB) of the Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania (IUP) against allegations of Classroom Conduct violations. The decision made by the AIB that day will determine whether I will be able to continue participating in my full course load, as well as graduate this May as scheduled. Though the documents attached present a narrative of disrespect, disruption, anger, and intolerance- I can assure you that nothing is further from the truth. Please, before reading the documents attached, consider what I have written below. It is my best and fairest account of what transpired in class the day of my alleged violations. Also, it is my firmest belief that every human being has the freedom and right to identify, dress, and represent oneself as they see fit. This is not transgender, woman’s rights, or wage issue. This is about free speech and the constant misuse of intellectual power in universities.
On Wednesday, February 28th, in one of my major-required courses, the instructor played a ‘Ted-Talk’ (link attached) during which a transgender woman (Paula Stone) discussed her previous experiences of manhood as well as her current experiences of womanhood. During her speech, she gave accounts of things such as ‘mansplaining’, ‘male-privilege’, and ‘sexism’ and deemed them systemic. She also alluded to the REALITY of the gender wage gap, stating women "...work twice as hard for half as much."(5:10:00).
After the video had concluded, the instructor presented the idea that we as a class discuss the ‘REALITY’ of ‘mansplaining’, ‘male-privilege’, ‘sexism’ and the gender wage gap. She then opened the floor to WOMEN ONLY. Barring men from speaking until the women in the class have had their chance to speak. After thirty seconds or so had passed and not a single woman in attendance spoke, I objected to the use of one person’s anecdotal accounts of the previously mentioned experiences as fact.
I also took this opportunity to point out the official view of biologists who claim there are only two biological genders, as well as data from entities such as The Economist on the gender wage gap and how the claims made in the video were far from the empirically supported evidence. I then objected to the instructor’s, as well as the Religious Studies Dept.’s misuse of intellectual power, of which I have become familiar over the past few semesters. It was at this point others in the class entered the discussion. Class proceeded normally, thereon.
The following morning, I met with the same instructor to discuss the subject matter of an upcoming project. During the meeting, I was presented with the first two documents found attached to this post. Document number one is the official Academic Integrity Referral Form and Documented Agreement. This is the instructor’s official referral of my violation of Academic Integrity. On these forms, the accused student is asked to sign in agreement of the terms of the accusation of violation, as well as agreement to perform an ‘Educational Task’. The second document contains details explaining the violation in further detail, as well as fully explaining the ‘Educational Task’. After these documents were handed to me, I read them carefully several times. I asked for one line to be revised and was answered with “no” and was told it was the instructor’s job to recount what took place, not mine. I then commented on the total misuse of intellectual power in a university setting, at which point I was asked to leave.
The morning following this event, I received the third document attached below. It explains that I am currently barred from the course in which the alleged violation took place, as well as communicating with the instructor until the charges against me have been fully adjudicated. I was to await an email containing the date and time of my hearing that I received later that day.
BEFORE READING THE DOCUMENTS BELOW, please consider the following: I am someone who has built the reputation of openly voicing my opinion, often in opposition of the opinions of my Religious Studies instructors. During my time as a Religious Studies major, I have had professors insult me for opposing views, call me names such as ‘racist’ or ‘sexist’, and have had my views discredited due my race, gender, and sexual orientation. In short- this is not the first time an instructor and I have had a disagreement over course material or that I have objected to the views being pushed on the class. That being said, the wording in the documents below is not only exaggerated, but more than one line is entirely untruthful and is done so purposefully to discredit my views and paint me as intolerant and ignorant.
THE FACTS ARE: I did not object to the views of the speaker (Paula Stone). Rather, I objected to its misuse as hard evidence to support the ‘reality’ of phenomena that are not only a matter of opinion, but also empirically unsupported (wage gap statistics). It is my belief that the instructor’s decision to file these sanctions is an attempt to bully me into redacting my views, making it a matter of free speech. I will be battling the university, as well as my instructor, to ensure I am not permanently removed from the class, which would mean my inability to graduate as scheduled this May.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)
Paula Stone's TedTalk: https://youtu.be/lrYx7HaUlMY
One can only imagine what it must feel like to be banned from attending your college courses for claiming that there are only two genders. Get me off this clown ride now.