ANALYSIS: ‘[W]omen are the only sex to give birth to date,’ description says
A gender studies course at Princeton University affirms a true statement that has become controversial as of late – only women can give birth.
The course, “Behavioral Biology of Women,” is cross-listed with the anthropology department.
“In almost every human society, women are expected to perform different tasks than men,” the description states. “Was there a biological or cultural reason for this? True – women are the only sex to give birth to date, but does that mean there is no escape from traditional sex roles?”
Just a year ago, Senator Josh Hawley was accused of “open[ing] up trans people to violence,” by University of California Berkeley Professor Khiara Bridges for questioning the claim that men can get pregnant.
The claim that men can get pregnant stems from the use of the word “transgender men,” which refers to women who are confused about their gender and believe they are men.
The Princeton course says it will discuss the differences in male and female biology.
“In this class we will explore female behavioral biology from an evolutionary and biocultural perspective. We will pair physiology and life-history theory with cultural outcomes to engage with feminism and social and political debates,” the description reads. “Topics include menstrual taboos, sexual differentiation and gender identity, reproduction, contraception, women’s health, workplace equality, etc.”
Students will also participate in a “biological anthropology lab [which] will include examining fossil hominin and extant human crania and pelvic casts, and non-human primate pelvic casts.”
The biological determinants of sex have also come under criticism from some gender activists who want to bar anthropologists from identifying human remains as “male” and “female,” as previously reported by The College Fix.