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Feminist TA at UC Santa Barbara Who Said Men Aren’t Women Now Facing Investigation

Feminist TA at UC Santa Barbara Who Said Men Aren’t Women Now Facing Investigation

“Critics on Twitter want her removed from teaching or worse”

We covered this story a few weeks ago. Apparently, the thought police aren’t done with her yet.

The College Fix reports:

University investigates feminist grad student for saying men can’t become women

What are the odds a feminist graduate student could be under siege for feminist rhetoric on a California campus?

Under an intersectional framework and evolving definition of “woman,” much higher than you might expect.

University of California-Santa Barbara doctoral students, alumni and “allies” are demanding the administration take action against Laura Tanner, an outspoken critic of transgender ideology and doctoral candidate in its Department of Feminist Studies.

Tanner’s Twitter feed is dominated by discussion of transgender ideology’s threat to women, including young lesbians. She believes that transgender women – biological males – are wrongly appropriating a female identity.

Her header image bluntly declares: “A woman is someone with a female body and any personality … not a ‘female personality’ and any body. Any other definition is sexism.” School newspaper The Daily Nexus reprinted several of her tweets that it considered “transphobic.”

Yet Tanner identifies as an intersectional feminist. Her dissertation is an “intersectional feminist analysis of child-initiated violence and the binds of mothering,” according to her department page. (She has three children, ages 16 to 23, according to her website.)

She has designed and taught two courses in the department and served as teaching assistant for four courses, but it’s not clear if she’s scheduled to teach again. Tanner did not respond to emails or Twitter messages from The College Fix this week.

Critics on Twitter want her removed from teaching or worse, with some lobbing personal insults at Tanner such as “absolute trash” and “dumb bitch,” according to the Daily. One declared “that bitch needs to die,” and others have targeted her for being white.


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Her definition of “woman” is undeniably true to most sane people. As most academics are not sane people … .

Shut these fascists training centers down.

Babies aren’t human. Male is female. Female is male. Masculine is feminine. Feminine is masculine. It’s a logical progression through the glass ceiling to the twilight fringe.

Back in the nineties, I had it on good authority from Bill Nye, the pseudo-science guy, that “Inside each of ourselves are these things called chromosomes, and they control whether we become a boy or a girl.”

But now that it’s twice upon a time, you – not science – must be investigated.

If this isn’t a blaring siren warning us about how crazy these people are, I don’t know what is. Every great civilization in history was rooted in a religion-based ethos. There is a humility that comes from believing in a divine being that keeps people grounded.

Science is also a belief system and today it is trying to replace all other belief systems. Scientific knowledge is a sum of yet unproven theories. No theory ever survives because it is only as good as the question is useful. Theories become science when the result of a testable hypothesis is “not false” which is not to be confused with “true”. We are always in the pursuit of “truth” but never arrive. Science, like the rest of life, is not about the destination but rather the journey.

What it comes down to is that nobody, even scientists, KNOW anything. We are use our judgment based on logic and information. We don’t know what electricity and sticking your finger in a light socket may not kill you but it probably will. So based on the best information available and applying logic, you keep your finger out of the socket. Even if a scientist tells you to. What does that tell us about the state of what is called science today?

    healthguyfsu in reply to Pasadena Phil. | July 13, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    You are right on about science, but I’d change one thing. Sticking your finger in a light socket probably won’t kill you, but it might (unless you are a very small infant).

    They had me at the “wicked solution” a.k.a. planned parenthood a.k.a. reproductive rites a.k.a. selective-child a.k.a. social progress.

    venril in reply to Pasadena Phil. | July 15, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    What these folks beleive in is Scientism.

    The scientific method requires lots of skepticism. Especially for your own BS.

A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke—Rudyard Kipling

This is why American are going to Ukraine, China, and Peru to find a wife

    n.n in reply to paul1. | July 13, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    That may improve your chances of discovering marital sanity. However, you will still need to invest in a productive courtship ritual to complete discovery, and then a lifetime of reconciliation. We’re not starry eyed teens and twenty-somethings anymore, there is more to life and relationships than sex, drugs, and self-gratification.

pass the popcorn!

watching the Left eat itself is better entertainment that 99.9% of what Hollyweird puts out these days.

When INSANITY becomes the accepted normal,

    n.n in reply to Lewfarge. | July 13, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    It’s a Pro-Choice, Pro-Choice, Pro-Choice, Pro-Choice country. Everything, literally everything, is a social construct that is subject to negotiation, corruption, recharacterization. Just do what feels good.

      Antifundamentalist in reply to n.n. | July 13, 2019 at 8:38 pm

      Unless you “choose” an option that isn’t on the social menu; Then you are a Racist Nazi.

Her header image bluntly declares: “A woman is someone with a female body and any personality … not a ‘female personality’ and any body. Any other definition is SEXISM.” (emphasis mine)

Actually that’s wrong. Looking between one’s legs, or at one’s chromosomes, to determine one’s sex is “sexism” because it means sex, which is physical, is what matters.

Saying you are the role you dress as, or the role you feel, is “genderism” because it means gender, which is not physical and is pretty darned arbitrary, is what matters.

I suspect this woman, who is white and has children (i.e. heterosexual, a “breeder”), is not much wanted within her department anyway. The environment will just get worse. I hope she can finish her dissertation, get her PhD and escape in time.

This may end as poorly as the Gibson case for UCSB.

“Critics on Twitter want her removed from teaching or worse”

So she will be forcibly transitioned?

This is the day she will remember as the day she left academics to become a productive citizen.

Women’s studies – other than gynocolgy – is the dumbest, lamest degree anyone could pay for. Unless, that is, you are going to teach women’s studies to other suckers.

Certain fat, angry, Jew hating dykes are laughing all the way to the bank.

John Casteel | July 14, 2019 at 8:08 am

The one that called her a bitch self-identifies as a dog.

This was my undergrad school (I was a MechEng). Sad.

In 83, I saw hints of this crap in soc101, in discussions of affirmative action (Ref Repressive Tolerance).