Education major Owen Stevens has been suspended from school for simply stating that “a man is a man and a woman is a woman.”
On November 22nd, Stevens stated the following in an IGTV video:
“Hey, everybody. I’m gonna double down on this point right now, I wanna make myself very clear, so hear what I’m saying. A man is a man. A woman is a woman. A man is not a woman, and a woman is not a man. A man cannot become a woman, and a woman cannot become a man. If I’m a man, and I think I’m a woman, I’m still a man. If I’m a woman who thinks I’m a man, I’m still a woman. Regardless of what you feel on the inside, it’s irrelevant to your biological status. It doesn’t change the biology. The biology is very clear. It’s very, very, very clear. And it’s binary and easy. You fall into either Man or Woman. And if you’re intersex, you fall into either man or woman eventually. And that is such a small… group of people that it makes no sense to justify that as statistically significant, and apply that to our definition of gender. It wouldn’t make any sense.”
Comments on his post include both support and rejection from users, including statements like “you reek of mommy issues,” “get a life,” “stfu.no,” and “makes perfect scientific sense,” among longer more combative comments.
Officials at State University of New York (SUNY) seem to have been less than happy with his “controversial” comments. These are remarks which only a few years ago would not be necessary, because they would be regarded as obvious and simple common sense.
According to The Daily Wire, SUNY has claimed that Owens has violated its inclusivity rules. Their statement was that “The school’s Dignity for All Students Act mandates that teachers foster ‘a diverse campus community marked by mutual respect for the unique talents and contributions of each individual.”
In consequence for his posts, Owens has been suspended from his field teaching programs.
The Daily Wire adds that Owens will remain suspended until he completes a “remediation plan.” Included in the requirements, Owens must remove the “inflammatory videos,” pull back on his social media presence, and attend school sanctioned training.
Allegedly, the suspended student is holding his ground and refusing to comply. In an email to Owen, the Dean of the School of Education wrote:
“After review of all available materials, I find that, based on your continued public stance and social media presence, you do not consistently demonstrate behaviors required by the Conceptual Framework of the School of Education.” He then went on to write: “You continue to maintain, ‘I do not recognize the gender that they claim to be if they are not biologically that gender.’ This public position is in conflict with the Dignity for All Students Act requiring teachers to maintain a classroom environment protecting the mental and emotional well-being of students.”
On the other hand, Stevens stated that he has received threats and “horrible incidents of students who all feel like they are making the world a better place by becoming the woke thought police. Overall, I want justice and the right thing to be done.”
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