‘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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  • meamsane

    That last paragraph in this article says it all!
    What would they have said if asked specifically whether they were male or female? Answer most likely…”UUHHHHH?”

  • ComeOnPeople!

    Backholm then asked students how one can know the difference between a man and a woman. One female student replies( oh wait um male um hold on wait let me ask him/her before labeling her um him) That she/he knows the difference between a man or woman, by what they think they are, & that we can’t judge someone just on their looks

    Okay now wow this is what higher learning is teaching our children. So in that respect I cannot know anything about that person until I first ask them what they think they are. So let’s see um I see a person in need of help , I rush up to them and say, ” Sir um Ma’am um It um sorry forgive my impoliteness and social construct but I have no idea what you think you are please do inform me so that I might address you properly.” COME ON PEOPLE!!!!

    So I find out that the human I’am trying to assist is a woman in spite of my social construct which has blurred my vision and forced me to think he was a man. Yes this man has informed me he/she is a woman. OK so on to more role play insanity, I then notice that he oops I mean she has a small dog. So I ask him um wait her what his/her dogs name is and he/she informs me that his/her pet is not a dog it’s a cat. I say um no dude and then wince and say , I mean lady… that’s a dog! He/she laughs and says you are such a product of social construct! My pet plays with cat toys, eats cat food and wears a pretty diamond cat collar and yet you still insist it’s something other then what it is to me. By this time I’m fully confused & walk away. Shame on any of us who see things as they are . We must take the time to ask each and every person what they think they are before we make conclusions . We must no longer allow reality to dictate to us what anything is. This world is becoming a fantasy world where delusion replaces reality. Where a full grown man thinks he is a baby, even though he is 6’2 and 290lbs. Try birthing that little feller! He wears diapers and drinks a bottle and the new world says if he thinks it he is and does nothing to help him out of his delusion. By the way… finding a wet nurse for Mr. baby would be very scary reality for the wet nurse ahaha sorry I had to say it.

  • pndoverst@att.net

    At the end of this page is a request to send bibles to Iraq, with the words “click here to send a bible to a refugee.” Somehow, that seems applicable to this article about these young students’ opinions regarding gender or lack thereof. I see them as “refugees” fleeing from God, badly in need of His stability and salvation.

  • Reason2012

    So now biological facts are social constructs? Get your kids out of public schools and the indoctrination centers of universities – the results are becoming obvious.

    • Darrell Early

      Reason2012 do you have a contact email? I would like to contact you personally since you seem to be a strong Born again believer in Jesus Christ, Praise God, not many true believers left these days. My email is dearly72@gmail.com if you want to leave your contact info.

    • Josey

      no doubt, one has to shake their head that these are supposedly America’s best and brightest, wow they don’t even know what distinguishes a man from a woman. My ten yr old grandson knows more than they. Sad!

  • Judy Zwyghuizen

    Maybe it don’t matter much to a man or male because he cannot overtake another man, but if he goe’s in the ladie’s restroom he can overpower a woman and Pretend to be any kind of person he want’s to so he can watch women going to the bathroom their Pervert’s! so we cannot allow this to Happen we all are what gender we were born with , so how back then was you labeled at birth????? to hard of a Question for you to figure out ask your mom or Dasd you cannot just make up who you would like to be and say that’s what I am!

  • Judy Zwyghuizen

    Where do they all get off being what they want to be? in the first Place???

  • disqus_O2BUmbLecp

    This is what liberal indoctrination has been doing to naive n impressionable college students in the Blue States, similar to demonic New Age teachings where there is no absolute morality = the possibility that murder n stealing will not be a crime for certain people, eg u can steal if u think u r poor n hv been discriminated against.

    Even cptr digital technology is based on 1 & 0 = penis is 1 n vagina is 0 = male n female.

    • Dean Johnson

      That is truly already being taught. What a lost world we are living in. God help us!

  • disqus45324hd

    Dumb, dumber and dumbest.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Male and female – it is God’s creation reality. These college kids will mind reality if other people claim the ownership of their possessions or land.

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      God bless you, Sister Grace, for your wisdom tonight!

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Thank you so much. I wish USA will take in any number of Earthlings whoever feel like American. People do not care about truth until they realize they will suffer the loss.

  • Coach

    Even so, Jesus is Lord of all.

  • Nidalap

    Sad. They’ve been so indoctrinated that they believe they’re making a principled stand by avoiding making one at all costs…

    • Josey

      What is really sad is some of these students will be tomorrow’s teachers to the babies born today, unless God intervenes soon.

  • TheBottomline4This

    These kids are so brainwashed. It’s sad.

  • ComeOnPeople!

    The dubbing down of Americans. Woot woot send your children off to higher learning so they can become illogical. They are believing the Emperor is wearing new cloths when he is butt naked! Sometimes you believe something so strongly that even when your conscience tells you you are wrong you refuse to see the TRUTH.

    • Ronald Carter

      You mean to say “dumbing down” of course but you are incorrect. Higher learning means just that – higher learning, it has no agenda except to educate. And an education free of religious indoctrination is best since it is completely agenda-free.

      • ComeOnPeople!

        Anyone who thinks the school system has no agenda has not studied history and seen has been done via HIGHER LEARNING and media propaganda . GOD’s people have an agenda yes … to see all men come back to their CREATOR so that we would have men washing one anothers feet instead of killing one another. The no god crowd also have an agenda. Those who serve no god have an agenda to remove all traces of GOD from their midst & have it hidden from view. Those who think they serve no god are blinded. They have no clue that there is a reality of which they cannot see that vies for their hearts and minds. If you remove the true GOD of the world from your midst then you by default allow and accept into your midst the enemy of GOD and of your soul. That enemies agenda is war not peace, hate not love, lust not faithfulness… the list is endless. One must realize that there are agendas far beyond the natural eye that you accept when you remove GOD from your midst . Human beings are mere vessels that will be driven by whatever or whomever they choose to serve. Their CREATOR or… self and the enemy of their souls. As to higher learning , TV , most news and UNHOLYWOOD movies… they all play to an agenda. It’s a pattern clearly noted in history and should we forget to acknowledge history, it always comes back around and repeats itself.

  • If the concept of gender in general is merely a subjective social construct, then sexism cannot and does not exist objectively, period. Therefore, we don’t need anti-discrimination laws which protect girls and women from discrimination, we don’t need Feminism, we don’t need Progressivism, and so on, since no actual girl or woman is being oppressed, discriminated against, and/or so on.

  • disqus_O2BUmbLecp

    Hence Winston Churchill once said, “‘If you’re not a liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative by the time you’re 35, you have no brain.’

  • ComeOnPeople!

    Hey it’s not far from teaching them they are all just a bunch of evolved apes.

    I think I’m a duck. Quack… now it’s official and don’t tell me otherwise or I shall scream HATE-SPEECH and sue you. I’M A DUCK, I’M A DUCK, I’M A DUCK. I know I’m being ridiculous to prove a point. But study the power of propaganda that was used in Germany upon school kids and you will find that If something being taught is repeated long enough and loud enough sooner or later it becomes imbedded into young hearts and minds, so much so that in the end they believed some groups people were less then human and worthy of death.

  • TheBottomline4This

    There is no “gender identity”. You are either born Male or Female and THAT is who you are and will die. These people have emotional/mental issues. At some point enough people will come to realize we need to stop enabling this mental illness and some will have the nerve to open institutions to begin to treat those with this illness to accept who they truly are. Not living your truth of who you were born and will die is not living in reality.
    As for the video…these kids are brainwashed and indoctrinated in fooly and haven’t got a clue how foolish they sound.