An American college student at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania has been kicked out his class for saying that there are only two genders, according to reports from Fox News.
Lake Ingle, who is currently a senior at the university, voiced his opinion on a number of controversial gender issues after IUP professor Alison Downie showed the class a 15-minute TED Talk, delivered by transgender former-pastor Paula Stone Williams, that featured discussion on “mansplaining”, “sexism from men”, and “male-privilege”.
The short video was shown during a “Christianity 481: Self, Sin, and Salvation” lecture.
The professor invited female students to comment on the video. When no-one took up the invitation, Ingle spoke up.
He asserted that biologists agree that there are only two genders and that the gender wage gap – that women earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men – had long been debunked.
The feminist professor accused the student of “angry outbursts in response to being required to listen to a trans speaker discuss the reality of white male privilege and sexism,” and “disrespectful references to the validity of trans identity and experience.”
He was kicked out of the class and asked not to return, as well as referred to the University’s Academic Integrity Board.
Ingle is required to complete the class this semester in order to graduate in May.
Letter of Dismissal Outlining Ingle's Actions In Class.
A difference of opinion between student and teacher is usually invited in academic environments. One would think that most professors hold a firm belief in discussion and argument as central to the learning process.
However, Ingle claims this isn’t about transgender issues, women’s rights or the wage gap. It’s an issue of free speech, he says.
“My professor is violating my First Amendment rights because of the fact that my views and ideology is different from hers,” Ingle told Fox News. “So she took it on herself to silence and embarrass me – bully me – for speaking up in class.”
He went further to claim that the teacher was “indoctrinating” students by refusing to allow opposing views to be voiced in her class. Ingle argues this is an “overall abuse” of Downie’s position as a professor.
Downie and Ingle had an AIB hearing Friday, with a ruling set for March 19.
Regardless of whether he’s allowed to graduate or not, Ingle has plans to become a professor himself one day.
“When you see that kind of misuse of intellectual power, you want to be the person that comes back and does it responsibly and with morals,” Ingle said. “Instead of being the purveyor of your ideology, you can be an educator.”