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Boise State professor says women shouldn’t be taking spots from men in competitive fields

Political science professor calls 21st century women “more medicated, meddlesome and quarrelsome”

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A tenured Boise State professor’s comments have sparked outrage after he openly called for women to not be recruited for engineering, medical school and law so that they can focus on “homemaking and having children.”

Political science professor Scott Yenor, who served on Idaho Lt. Gov. Janine McGeachin’s task force investigating claims of “indoctrination” in schools, made his remarks during the National Conservatism Conference in Orlando in late October, per the Idaho Statesman.

His speech went viral on TikTok this week.

Here’s what Yenor said:

  • “Young men must be respectable and responsible to inspire young women to be secure with feminine goals of homemaking and having children,” he said, per the report.
  • “Every effort must be made not to recruit women into engineering, but rather to recruit and demand more of men who become engineers. Ditto for med school, and the law, and every trade.”
  • He said he appreciated the time when “women used to have many children when the odds of dying in childbirth were actually very high,” faulting the availability of birth control.

Female students and female lawmakers were unnerved by his comments.

“He has power. He has the power to issue a grade. It’s disgusting. He needs to come into the current century, but it doesn’t sound like he will,” said Boise State MBA student Emily Walton, according to the Idaho Statesman.

Idaho State Sen. Melissa Wintrow, a Democrat, also expressed alarm. “You start to wonder, what is the goal here? If it’s to set us back in time and disenfranchise women from as far as we’ve come, that’s a problem,” she said, according to The Daily Beast.

Students called on the university to take action, to which a spokesperson from Boise State responded that Yenor will not face consequences, according to the Idaho Statesmen.

“Boise State University understands that the open exchange of ideas, which is fundamental to education, can introduce uncomfortable and even offensive ideas,” Mike Sharp, said in the report. “However, the university cannot infringe upon the First Amendment rights of any members of our community, regardless of whether we, as individual leaders, agree or disagree with the message. No single faculty member defines what Boise State — or any public university — endorses or stands for.”

After his video went viral, he went to Twitter and doubled down on his stance with a video. “Feminists are outraged by the talk I recently gave and I’ve become an object of their hate on TikTok,” he said.

  • He goes on to say that women have “abandoned the aspirations of family and children, mostly for the sake of a midlevel job.”
  • “Things must change if this country is to rebuild the family,” and that, according to Yenor, entails encouraging women “to be mothers and wives as well as enjoying fulfilling jobs if they choose.”