by Hank Berrien, Daily Wire:
An association of university and college faculty and other academic professionals called the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), founded in 1915, recently released a statement in which it condemned attempts to define gender as biologically determined at birth, insisting that the traditional position regarding gender has been “thoroughly discredited by over fifty years of feminist, trans, queer, and critical race research and by lived experience.”
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) 5 December 2018
AAUP first attacked the Hungarian government for prohibiting gender studies courses in all universities, then ripped the Trump Administration for pursuing a new legal definition of gender that would define it as “a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth,” then noted attempts in Poland, Brazil, and Bulgaria to define gender traditionally.
The AAUP complained, “Authoritarian efforts such as these can justify racial, class, and sexual policing that disciplines forms of kinship and homemaking—including same-sex, multi- generational, or other nonnormative households— that deviate from established nuclear family norms … By substituting their ideology for years of assiduous research, they impose their will in the name of a ‘science’ that is without factual support.”
The AAUP concluded by asserting that defining gender traditionally poses a threat to academic freedom:
Attempts to fix the meaning of gender are not simply moves against the “special interests” of certain individuals, although trans, intersex, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people—and especially poor people and people of color—will disproportionately suffer for it. There is also a potential threat to academic freedom: 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.
It is relevant to note that the hostility of the AAUP to President Trump dates back to the very advent of his administration. On its website, it was noted:
On November 9, 2016, we awoke to the shocking realization that Donald Trump would be the next president of the United States … Within twenty-four hours of Trump’s victory, the AAUP issued a statement to its members. While acknowledging that our Association does not engage in partisan politics and has never endorsed a candidate for national office, the statement also recognized the widespread fear that Trump’s election “threatened some of the core institutions of our democracy and may be the greatest threat to academic freedom since the McCarthy period.”
Additionally, the website pointed out that that the AAUP had opposed the privatization of universities for years: