BSU says it supports women after Scott Yenor’s viral speech.
Boise State University wants the public to know they support women.
The university released a statement to the academic community on Wednesday after one of its professor’s comments calling independent women “medicated, intrusive and contentious” sparked a widespread backlash.
The email, from President Marlene Tromp and other members of the university administration, said Boise State has a “long tradition” of supporting women and will continue to do so.
“Women have made important and meaningful contributions to all areas of academia, industry and society,” the statement said. “We stand up for their right to seek an education, to pursue a range of academic aspirations and dreams, and to make their mark in any way they choose. “
The email comes after a speech by Professor Scott Yenor, who teaches political science, went viral.
Parts of the speech, delivered at the National Conservatism Conference on October 31, were included in a November 25 TikTok from a nurse in Boise. The TikTok was shared widely and elicited reactions from students, community members and elected officials. Yenor doubled its claims in a video response November 30.
In the speech, Yenor condemns feminism and declares that its teachings are a threat to strong families. He also said that men must inspire women to be “safe with the female goals of caring for and having children.”
“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, law and all trades, ”he said in the speech.
Earlier this week, Boise State spokesman Mike Sharp said the university supports free speech and academic freedom.
“Boise State University understands that the open exchange of ideas, which is fundamental to education, can introduce uncomfortable and even offensive ideas,” Sharp said in an email to the Idaho Statesman. However, the university cannot infringe the First Amendment rights of any member of our community, whether we as individual leaders agree with the message or not. No faculty member defines what Boise State – or any public university – endorses or represents.
Community members and elected officials have raised concerns about Yenor’s position of power over women and pledged to continue to fight his comments. Yenor is a full professor who can only be fired under extreme circumstances.
In the email sent to the university community on Wednesday, the administration reaffirmed its commitment to its students, professors and staff.
“Women have a place on our campus,” the email said, “and we affirm the wide range of ways they work and live in the world. “
This story was originally published December 1, 2021 at 12:50 pm.