by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
A University of Utah student reported her business professor to administrators last year for transgressions, including assigning too many male-written works, which she said created a “hostile learning environment.”
Although the student also accused the professor of using sexist language, most of the December 2018 complaint consisted of her taking issue with the gender of the authors of the work he assigned, according to a report by The College Fix, which obtained a copy of the complaint. The student wrote that the professor’s actions were “derogatory,” “degrading,” and “intimidating.”
“I believe it to no longer be necessary when teaching the foundations of our country’s economic system and those who helped build [its] ideals to be presented in conjunction with their sexist beliefs that have already planted their roots within our global and local communities,” the complaint stated. …
… Things are changing, but the truth is, most of the people who have written fundamental economic texts are male. That isn’t just my opinion, that’s a fact. So if that’s the area that you’re studying, you’re going to have to read a lot of work that was written by male authors. It isn’t an affront or insult to you as a female; it’s just the reality of the world.
What’s more, as a woman, I feel it’s important to point out that assigning the texts that you feel will best educate your students — regardless of the gender of their authors — is not sexist. “Sexist” would be including a text that would be a perfect fit, simply because the author is a woman, or, for that matter, including more female authors just because of their gender.