Idaho Statesman Editorial Board
Boise State University is expected to revisit the grading history and tenure decisions of political science professor Scott Yenor, after making a clear case for discrimination against women.
His comments this fall at the National Conservaism Conference in Orlando, Florida go beyond mere academic exploration. Yenor made it clear that women should not be encouraged to pursue careers, that their role in society is to be wives and mothers.
“Young men need to be respectable and responsible to inspire young women to be safe with the female goals of caring for and having children,” he said. “Every effort should be made not to recruit women into engineering, but rather to recruit and demand more men who become engineers. Ditto for medical school, and law, and all trades.
Boise State is not just a university; it is also a place of work. It’s hard to imagine, after listening to Yenor’s manifesto for an “all-gendered” society, that Yenor would treat his female colleagues the same way he would treat his male colleagues, who he says belong to the workplace. , doing great things and providing for their families. Her female colleagues, on the other hand, belong to the kitchen.
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Ditto for his students. Can you imagine being a woman in one of her classes, where your grade depends on a teacher who thinks that you shouldn’t pursue a career, that you should only aspire to childbirth and take care of the children? domestic fires?
Yenor has been evaluating women for a long time, and there are records that answer simple questions. What is the average mark of a woman in her class? Is it significantly lower than the average score given to a man?
Boise State should collect these facts to see if Yenor has put his misogynist views into a discriminatory practice. Academic freedom does not exempt it from the responsibility of giving students fair and equal treatment in the classroom.
It’s almost inconceivable that Yenor hasn’t discriminated against his female students, who are in his classes doing what he thinks is destroying the nation.
It’s also amazing that there are still people like Yenor who share these views in 2021.
“But he has First Amendment rights!” Some shout. “Congress will not make any law … restricting free speech,” according to the First Amendment.
Right, no law, and the government is not throwing Yenor in jail. His speech creates a reasonable basis for investigating whether he has engaged in discrimination. Discrimination is not protected by the First Amendment.
Boise State should also consider the potential impact Yenor’s opinions might have on BSU’s recruiting efforts. What parents would like to send their daughters to a school where one of their teachers thinks women shouldn’t be there?
“Cancel culture! Others shout. “You are canceling the Conservatives but not the lefties.”
Is this really conservatism? Talk about identity politics. The Conservatives are constantly pushing for freedom – you know, like women who have the freedom to pursue their careers. “Girls are taught to be as independent as boys are said to be,” Yenor yells, as if that is sort of a bad thing.
It offers women a go-to binary: you are either a “medicated, intrusive and quarrelsome” career woman or you know your situation in life and are a good stay-at-home mom and wife. For Yenor, mother and wife are what create a “great nation”, while “reprimands from the childless media or a sterile bureaucratic apparatchik” are “corrosive to our national greatness”.
Despite Yenor’s claim that our society has become feminized, her views align squarely with those of trendy internet darlings like Joe Rogan and Jordan Peterson. Maybe that’s what Yenor is looking for here; he’s ready to shake the dust off this small town college, and he wants to spend more time with Tucker Carlson.
The good thing is ; guys like Yenor are dime on youtube, trying to cash in on a new brand of toxic masculinity.
But Boise State University would be wise to admit that it has a liability on its hands.
Statesman Editorials are the unsigned opinion expressing consensus of the Idaho Statesman Editorial Board. Board members are Opinion Writer Scott McIntosh, Opinion Writer Bryan Clark, Editor Chadd Cripe, Newsroom Editors Dana Oland and Jim Keyser, and community members JJ Saldaña and Christy Perry.