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Boise State alumna and a tenured professor react to Scott Yenor’s controversial statements

The political science professor’s comments about women being “more therapy, intrusive, and quarrelsome than a woman needs” sparked ongoing outrage.

Boise, Idaho – The backlash to controversial comments and their subsequent doubling down by a Boise State University professor continues to provoke outrage not only in Treasure Valley but at the heart of the campus.

Last month, political science professor Scott Lenore spoke at the National Conservative Convention in Orlando and said things like, “Our independent women pursue their purpose in life in mid-level bureaucratic jobs” and “They are more therapy, intrusive, and quarrelsome than women should be,” and “More successful men mean happier citizens and a stronger nation.”

For about 15 minutes, Yanoor believed that women were hurt more by their desire to have a job, rather than or in addition to a family.

“If we want a great nation,” he said, “we must prepare young women to become mothers, and not find every reason why young women should delay motherhood until they are rooted in a profession or sufficiently independent.”

On Wednesday, Team 208 spoke with Dr. Joanne Lightley, who graduated with a chemical engineering degree in 1982 and is now the dean of the Boise State College of Engineering. She is also a wife and mother.

To hear from within the Yenor Special Department, 208 spoke with Dr. Steven Yuch, another established professor, on Thursday after Talk about Yanuer’s opinions on Twitter.

“These comments are very offensive to me personally, and I really feel for all the students of Boise State, especially women and those from traditionally marginalized groups, who have had to deal with this,” Yuch partially tweeted.

When the political science professor, who joined the university in 2018, spoke with The 208, he said he had heard rumors about Yanuer’s behavior for years and should have spoken soon.

“I’ve heard things from people noticing that women are treated differently in his class, right? I’ve heard suggestions, little things but still kind of offensive things like he describes sweet women in class and things like that,” she said.

Yooch added that he would support the investigation at the university and bring some kind of disciplinary action against Yenoor.

“You can make those connections there that probably influence his behavior, if you don’t think they should be in the workforce, why do you think they should be in college, right?” He said.

He said he is speaking out now because he is now in a position where there will be fewer consequences for doing so.

“We need a university and a culture here in Boise where everyone feels welcome,” Yoch said. “We’re in a situation where I wouldn’t want any faculty members to get stuck to make certain groups of people, whether it’s women or people of color or people based on their religion or sexual orientation or anything like that, feel uncomfortable going to school here because that’s not The kind of place I want to work in, that’s not the community I want to be a part of, it’s a non-inclusive community.”

And he explained that Yanuer’s comments should be approached with more than just words because he is in a position of authority over women in the class trying to join the workforce and have successful careers, something he made clear he doesn’t support.

“He’s absolutely in a position of strength,” Yoch said. “He’s not just in a position of authority over female students. He’s a steady faculty member and we have women on faculty who aren’t assigned, and hypothetically, he’s in a position of authority over them as well and it’s kind of like, looking at this, these are women with successful, powerful careers and he says these things and the question becomes how he can evaluate the people who work at the university, or how he can fairly evaluate his students when he believes in it.”

Yooch added that he could not imagine what it would be like to be a student at Yenoor if she was a woman of any age.

To get that perspective, the 208 also spoke with Kristen Jackson on Thursday.

Jackson is currently at Boise State Public Radio, the city’s NPR station, and has been at the university since 2004. In 2009, while working full-time, she was pursuing a degree in political science as a full-time student.

With a full board and schedule, she had to take evening classes, including one that was instructed by Professor Yenoor.

As she entered the course, she knew it was going to be a challenge and had learned a lot about political theory, but she said that was about all the nice things she could say about class. Jackson added that what happened last week did not shock her.

“He was just an awful professor,” she remembers. “I remember the first day of class and he walked around the room and purposely called Mrs. Whoever was picking the last name, but he didn’t say your last name. So, my last name is Jackson, so instead of calling me Mrs. Jackson, he’d call me Mrs. Johnson, and if I correct it, He would tell me it didn’t matter because it wasn’t my family name anyway, it was my husband’s name.”

Jackson explained that Yenoor always called the students by their first name and called the female students “beloved” or “honey”. She went on to add that he made it clear that women and mothers are going to have a tough time in his course of study.

“In the same first class, he said anyone who works full time raises their hand, so it was a night class, almost everyone raised their hands and said you’re all going to fail,” she said. “Well, then he said, Now tell me who has children? And everyone raised their hands and said, Now, if you are the father, put your hand on the ground, and men put their hands on the ground. Of you will fail in this category.”

She said Yenoor told the students that “his class was too strict for you to be a mother and pass class, and those were exactly his words.” But he didn’t feel the same about the parents in his class.

“Fathers weren’t important because it’s not the father’s job to raise the kids,” Jackson said. “The mother’s job is to raise the kids.” “He made it clear that even at that time it wasn’t a woman’s place in college, especially if you were a mother.”

Jackson said that being a mother is very important to her and that Yonor’s comments make her feel awful.

“Being a mother is important to me,” she said. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to be but that doesn’t mean I can’t be other things. I’m also a very successful professional woman. I have two college degrees, which I’m proud of. But I also pride myself on being a good mother. I don’t think they are incompatible.”

Because she didn’t report it or file a formal complaint, Jackson said she was young and didn’t know who she was going to and her counselor also didn’t know because of the Yenor period. Now, as an undergraduate and graduate student, you think the university’s statement was “pathetic.”

“It’s clearly a pattern. I can see if this is a one-time thing, they take the tact that they are, but it’s not a one-time thing and he’s directly attacking half of the student body at Boise State,” Jackson explained. . “How can they keep someone who honestly and honestly believes that women don’t belong there. How can our boss want someone who works for her who doesn’t think she should be in the role she’s playing?”

Jackson said the university’s statement sounded like an attack on her as a woman, “Because they don’t really support us. They don’t support women at the university. If they were, they would take action. Maybe they could.” He can’t be fired, but he needs to be disciplined, something needs to be done to make it clear that this is not an acceptable way for people at the university to behave. We have valuable data that we agree to be staffed there that does not appear to be held to the same standards as everyone else.”

208 Boise State University contacted to see if there had been any formal investigation or complaints against Lenore, but the university said,

“Boise State takes allegations of policy violations seriously and investigates them under appropriate policy. The university will not comment on personnel matters.”

On Friday afternoon, Dr. Scott Lenore tweeted on KTVB and Brian Holmes:

Editor’s note: Brian Holmes contacted Dr. Yenoor twice over the course of two days. The call is still standing.

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