female or shemale
female or shemale

This New York College Professor Gave Students a Quiz Called ‘Female or Shemale’

A sociology professor at the State University of New York College at Geneseo asked students to pick out trans women from a series of pictures in a quiz titled “Female or Shemale.”

The professor, David Sorbello, also allegedly made crass and transphobic remarks to his students after he gave them the quiz, saying, “Be careful not to get too drunk or you’ll take the wrong one home.”

Buzzfeed News reports:

Jillian Sternberg, a sophomore who took the picture now circulating online, told BuzzFeed News that she and other students were disturbed by the classroom activity, which asked students to distinguish from headshots who was biologically born a female, and who was born a trans woman.

The topic of the class session, held on Wednesday, was gender, sexuality, and sexual identity, Stemberg said, but students were taken aback not just by the impromptu quiz but also by the explanation of the activity given by the professor, David Sorbello.

“He just said, ‘We want you to write whether it’s female or shemale,'” Sternberg said. “He never said what the point of the quiz was during the class, but when I addressed him afterward, he said it was partly for humor and partly to discuss sexual dimorphism.”

Sternberg also added the hostile remarks he gave while administrating the quiz and after. “He said something along the lines of, ‘Be careful not to get too drunk or you’ll take the wrong one home, she explains. “He would comment on some of the pictures like, ‘I’m definitely not going to the bar with you.'”

More than 100 students have signed a letter from the community posted on Google Drive seeking to end such teaching methods in the future  More than 170 students have also signed a petition on the Geneseo Speaks website calling for the “immediate dismissal” of Sorbello.

“At SUNY Geneseo, we have always prided ourselves on finding strength through diversity. This is why it is especially disappointing that a member of our community, a member of Geneseo’s faculty, David Sorbello, thought it appropriate to conduct a classroom activity which included inappropriate, discriminatory language,” the Community Statement reads.

“Eventually the instructor explained the exercise as both ‘for humor’ and to ‘teach sexual dimorphism;’ regardless, we find the manner in which he taught to be unethical and reprehensible – there are other, more appropriate ways of teaching this topic.”

“A professor is reported to have presented materials and made comments about which some students have expressed concern,” the university’s president, Denise A. Battles, said in a statement. “We are taking the matter very seriously and are gathering the facts to determine if and what action is warranted.”