A university is investigating one of its female graduate students after she said that biological men cannot be women.
According to a report by The College Fix, the university's Title IX office is involved.
What are the details?
University of California-Santa Barbara feminist grad student Laura Tanner is under fire for remarks that she made on social media — particularly on her Twitter page. Tanner, a doctoral candidate in the school's department of Feminist Studies, is an "outspoken critic of transgender ideology," according to the outlet.
Tanner's Twitter page banner reads, "A woman is someone with a female body and any personality ... not a 'female personality' and any body."
"Any other definition is sexism," the banner concludes.
Tanner's remarks have ruffled enough feathers that the school is investigating her remarks after trans "allies" demanded that the administration take action against her. Such critics called Tanner "absolute trash" as well as a "dumb b****." Some have even suggested that Tanner should die because of her sentiments.
The school's newspaper even went as far as calling her "transphobic." The chair of her department — Laury Oaks — said that Tanner's remarks are "distressing," and said that he could file both ethics and Title IX complaints agains her. Online, Oaks shared responses from the school's Title IX Coordinator, Ariana Alvarez, who confirmed that the department is "actively engaging in a response" to Tanner's social media posts.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the school said "university policy prohibits discussing details related to personnel issues" and is "prohibited from discussing student information."
"The University has a process for reporting bias incidents on campus, and procedures for addressing these issues when they arise," the statement continued. "The University also has strong policies protecting academic freedom and freedom of expression. Campus community members are encouraged to report violations of these policies and of misconduct in all of these areas."
You can read more background information here.
On her website, Tanner warns of the damage the transgender ideology can do to women and girls:
My research and scholarship are currently focused on resisting the discursive erasure of women and girls, particularly in health and gender discourse; attempts to disassociate the female body from womanhood; the mistaken idea that biological sex is socially constructed or possible to change, the loss of women and girls' civil rights through changes to laws that remove sex protections and define gender as a feeling; and the abusive and dangerously experimental practices of medically “transing" children and young adults.