A feminist University of Alberta professor of anthropology has been removed from her associate department chair position for expressing the reality and importance of biological sex — comments deemed “unsafe.”
Kathleen Lowrey, an associate professor of anthropology at the university was asked to resign from her position as an associate department chair for undergraduate programs after students complained that she had voiced what is known as “gender-critical” views, and they felt “unsafe.” According to the Canadian Ryerson University-based Centre for Free Expression, that Lowery has been open with her perspective is precisely the problem.
“Should a course have gender or sex as a central theme, on day 1 she offers a summary of her views along with the declaration that no student need agree with her about any of it, as she did this year with her course ‘Anthropology of Women.’…Lowrey also posts statements related to her views on her office door — something she is entitled to do. She contends that in asking her to resign from her service role the University is endorsing ideological conformity,” the organization explained in a Tuesday blog post.
When the professor declined to resign from her associate chair role, she asked that the reasons for dismissal be documented formally, making clear why she was being asked to step down. In the letter she received, no specifics were given, stating only that “it is not in the best interests of the students or the University” that she continues in that role.
“At its most alarming, the University of Alberta’s position appears to be that where students have a ‘perception’ that an idea or a set of ideas harms them, it does not matter what the precise complaints are in regard to the person holding the ideas (or indeed whether there is any precise complaint). Lowrey has been expressly told that it doesn’t matter if any of the claims students are making about her are true,” CFE explained.
Reached by phone Friday, Lowrey told The Christian Post that she is exploring her options with her faculty association to contest the move.
When she requested a detailed letter from the dean documenting why she was being dismissed, she was brushed off.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter