Notre Dame seminar: "Are you male or female? How do you know?"

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Campus Reform: The University of Notre Dame will conduct a “Gender and Culture in American Society” course for high school students next summer, where they will be encouraged to question their gender identity in exchange for college credit.

Abby Palko

Abby Palko


The Catholic school’s Gender Studies director, Abby Palko, will lead the course and will “ask [the high schoolers] to explain how they know for sure whether they are male or female.”
A website, outlining the accentuated topics covered in the course says, “[w]e will address the questions of how ‘woman’/’the feminine’ and ‘man’/’the masculine’ have been represented and created in our cultural system.”
“When you were a baby, did your parents dress you in pink or blue? Why don’t girls (typically) play football? Why don’t guys (typically) wear make-up?” the website asks.
One of the goals of the course is that “[s]tudents will develop a basic understanding of current theoretical explanations of gender, including femininity, masculinity, sexualities, patriarchy, and feminism.”
When Campus Reform reached out to the university’s Gender Studies Department for comment, a woman on the phone insisted “nope, no one is available to speak to you.” Campus Reform made multiple attempts to reach out to Dr. Palko, who did not respond in time for publication.
Additional information from the seminar web site:
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  • Who dressed you, fed you, changed your diapers – your mother or father? And do you have a mother and a father or is your family structured another way?
  • Do you know how to behave in a typically masculine/feminine way?
  • Gender theorists argue that gender – our masculinity or femininity – is a performance rather than an innate characteristic, and that our ways of “doing gender” are shaped by social cues and influences.
  • Topics to be discussed might include: cyber-bullying and constructing an online identity, treatment of female candidates in election seasons (wanna bet they won’t cover the treatment of Sarah Palin?), controversies about the HPV vaccine, the gendering of toys, domestic violence in dating relationships, body image expectations, gender nonconforming youth, and gendered roles within family structures.
  • We will address the questions of how “woman”/“the feminine” and “man”/“the masculine” have been represented and created in our cultural system.

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PMB
PMB
5 years ago

Palko needs to find something better to do with her time, like, get a life. So MUCH waste.

surfercajun
surfercajun
5 years ago

a new low-level shovel dig….

j.case
j.case
5 years ago

“Are you male or female? How do you know?”
Ummmmmmmmmm….. I looked down??

MomofIV
MomofIV
5 years ago
Reply to  j.case

HA!HA! Good one!

josephbc69
5 years ago

Coming from a school of higher education that was once noted for its overall excellence, once can only step back and wonder: “WtF is going on?” When I teach horticulture and master gardening classes, a few students ask me how they can tell male from the female plants? They do so because they’ve not read what I handed out several weeks before, so I give them my wake-up call, as follows…. “Well, I don’t know what you do, but here’s how I tell them apart. Early in the day, before plants are fully up and about, I approach fully leafed… Read more »

surfercajun
surfercajun
5 years ago
Reply to  josephbc69

I would have been the only student in your class laughing at the snarkyness of it all! …but then again, I would have read any and all papers given out by my teacher. Great example!

MomofIV
MomofIV
5 years ago

Confuse ’em to use ’em….what a shame!…

josephbc69
5 years ago
Reply to  MomofIV

No, what a necessity!

Susan Graham
5 years ago

Truly Notre Dame can no longer be classified as either an “institute of higher learning” or “Catholic”.

Seumas
Seumas
5 years ago

Why don’t Churches etc. offer classes on legitimate/Real understanding of gender and sexuality to combat this sort of mental rot? It’d be nice to see them get more proactive in fighting the tactics of the devil, instead of trying to pluck at each other’s eye-splinters, so to speak. Although, I think folks should also mail U of notre dame and protest most vocally about the whole thing. Here’s two resources to help facilitate those ends, first a couple links for the main huckster of this flagrant propaganda: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/abby-palko/15/b32/50b her linkedin annnd her vanity site: https://www.abigailpalko.net/ Next in line, the prez… Read more »

josephbc69
5 years ago

“…if it were actually Christian proper, it wouldn’t have any “gender studies” propaganda/brainwashing nonsense… in short, they should just plain know better than that.”
Exactly, and as I wrote above, “Coming from a school of higher education that was once noted for its overall excellence, once can only step back and wonder….”
In my college days [early Sixties] ND was one of the highest-ranked universities, but I guess it’s had to accommodate our present era.