‘A Reason to Have Labels of Male, Female?’ Seattle Students Say It’s Just a ‘Social Construct’ [Video]

Backholm II-compressedSEATTLE, Wash. — A number of students at Seattle University recently stated that they believe that the concept of male and female is only a “societal construct” when interviewed about whether they believe differences exist between male and female, and if persons should even be distinguished as a man or woman.

Joseph Backholm with the Family Policy Institute of Washington visited Seattle University to talk to students about the matter in light of the growing discussion regarding “gender identity” and transgender restroom use.

“Is there a difference in your mind between men and women?” he asked.

“Um, possibly,” a female student replied with a questioning tone.

“In general, yes,” another said. “But I don’t know why I think that.”

“Socially, currently, yes, there is. [But] there is no need for that difference to exist scientifically and logically,” a male student asserted.

“There’s not much difference besides what society forces on people,” another stated.

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Backholm then asked students how one can know the difference between a man and a woman.

“By what they think they are,” a female student said. “So you can’t judge someone just on their looks.”

“I don’t think there’s any one way to really distinguish between a man or a woman,” another replied. “And I don’t think it’s necessary.”

Backholm also inquired of students whether they believe the difference between men and women matters at all.

“I think most sociologists agree that the concept of gender is more of a societal construct,” one male student asked.

“To me, no. I don’t feel as if it matters to me because at the end of the day, the person is just a person,” another said.

Students were also asked if there was even a reason for humans to be distinguished as male and female.

“Is there a reason to have those labels—male and female?” Backholm polled.

“I don’t think so,” a female student replied. “I think it’s, again, a social construct of this binary that we’re given at birth.”

“There’s kind of a difference, but at the same time, if one wants to identify as one or both or nothing, I also find that completely okay,” another stated.

Backholm lamented the responses he received in his now viral video, which has received nearly 225,000 views.

“There may be nothing more self-evident in the natural universe than the fact that every animal species is divided into two halves: male and female,” he said. “Yet, the most intelligent of those species seems to be wrestling with whether male or female are actually real things.”


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