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Idaho Professor Doubles Down on Comments That Women Should Not Be Engineers, Lawyers or Doctors

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Political science professor Scott Yenor isn’t backing down on controversial comments he recently made at a conservative conference. Yenor sparked outrage for claiming that feminism threatens family life and America as a whole. But instead of backing down, he’s doubling down—and receiving angry voicemails as a result.

At the National Conservatism Conference in Orlando on October 31, Yenor, author of “The Recovery of Family Life: Exposing the Limits of Modern Ideologies,” spoke about “the political and personal evils that flow from feminism.” He argued that family life must be “thoroughly sexed,” with men encouraging women “to be secure with feminine goals of homemaking and having children.”

Yenor added, “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 medical school, and the law, and every trade.”

Scott Yenor’s Comments Are Misogynistic and Discriminatory, Say Critics

Last week, a Boise woman posted a TikTok video featuring portions of Yenor’s speech, including his claim that “independent” females are “more medicated, meddlesome, and quarrelsome than women need to be.” Yenor’s words reveal insecurity, she argues, adding, “Scott can’t be happy if he has to compete with women because he’s a mediocre white man.”

Although a university spokesperson defends Yenor’s right to free speech, other people say his message isn’t only outdated but concerning. An Idaho Statesman editorial calls the tenured professor “a workplace liability” and says the school should investigate grading practices to see if he has “put his misogynistic views into discriminatory practice.” The newspaper asks, “What parents would want to send their daughters to a school where one of its professors thinks women shouldn’t be there?”

Yenor, who criticizes public education for indoctrinating students, caused an uproar in 2017 when he said transgender advocates were trying to “undermine parental rights.”

Professor Scott Yenor Defends His Views

Yenor, a married father of five, took to Twitter to defend his views. In a video response, he says that “so-called independent and empowered” women are merely independent of family and empowered for “midlevel” jobs. That tradeoff isn’t worth it, he argues, because families have become weaker and women face “addiction, suicide, misery, crime, pain, and purposelessness.”

While feminists “celebrate their nastiness” and “medicate their loneliness,” says Yenor, Americans should “build a country where men act with responsibility and purpose.” He concludes, “We should elevate the importance of family life for both men and women in America.”