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Student journalists demand college cancel ‘What is a Woman’ event

Student golf, tea club also join in on demands

Student journalists at Central Connecticut State University took on an activist role recently and demanded that administrators cancel a documentary showing and closely monitor the Turning Point USA chapter.

The Society of Professional Journalists chapter on campus signed onto a letter from the Pride Club that demanded cancellation of Walsh’s movie, “What is a Woman.” The Daily Wire documentary includes interviews with professors, transgender advocates and skeptics of the chemical and genital mutilation of people to answer the question “what is a woman?” He is not speaking on campus.

The letter, discovered by Campus Reform, stated:

First and foremost, this event cannot be allowed to take place on campus. This campus should be a safe place for all students. The event occurring on Thursday would undoubtedly be an active safety concern for any trans student who entered Devil’s Den at the time of showing, and would spark persistent harm in the form of discriminatory disinformation towards multiple communities of marginalized students.

TPUSA must be held accountable. They must also not be allowed to misrepresent this situation as an attack on free speech. Their official channels of communication should be monitored for such further disinformation and be acted upon accordingly. A culture of hate and discrimination will not cease to exist with just a single action, but with continuous efforts. If this club maintains their stance on this issue, CCSU must reconsider continuing their support for this club as a university-funded student organization.

Other clubs that signed on include the Climbing Club, the Golf Club and the Tea Club.

The letter also stated:

This film is designed to cause harm to transgender people by promoting blatantly false information to reinforce a “grooming” narrative, invalidate and denigrate the identities of transgender people, and to inspire hatred towards transgender people from viewers who may not be aware that the information they are receiving is both false and purposefully harmful.

Officials should smack down the TPUSA club with conduct code violations because the event is a “legitimate threat towards transgender students,” the letter stated.

The College Fix called the headquarters of the national SPJ on Thursday afternoon and emailed Zoe Berg and Michelle Lagos but did not receive a response from either spokesperson. The Fix asked if SPJ clubs had to follow a code of conduct and if student journalists should engage in political activism.

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Matt has previously worked at Students for Life of America, Students for Life Action and Turning Point USA. While in college, he wrote for The College Fix as well as his college newspaper, The Loyola Phoenix. He holds a B.A. from Loyola University-Chicago and an M.A. from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He lives in northwest Indiana with his family.