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Carole Hooven vs. transgender people

Carole Hooven is an American anthropologist and sex segregationist whose work focuses on sexual differentiation. Hooven also focuses on making people “comfortable in their own bodies,” a frequent dogwhistle used by critics of trans healthcare.

Hooven frequently defends and collaborates with other gender critical public figures, including spouse Alex Byrne, a philosopher and anti-trans activist.


Carole K. Hooven was born February 18, 1966. Hooven earned a bachelor’s degree from Antioch College in 1988 and a doctorate in 2004.

Hooven married Alex Byrne and has one child, Griffin.

Hooven co-authored the 2013 book Meta-Emotion: How Families Communicate Emotionally.

Anti-transgender activism

Hooven is the author of the 2021 book T: The Story of Testosterone, the Hormone that Dominates and Divides Us.


Hooven frequently appears on gender critical and anti-transgender shows to defend sex segregation and criticize refinement of value-neutral language in science.

Additional appearances include:

Hooven’s work has been featured in outlets including the Wall Street Journal,  New StatesmanTime MagazineSlate Magazine, the Boston Globe,  the New York PostStylist Magazine, the AustralianBBC, Talk Radio Europe, the Daily Telegraph, the Evening Standard, the Harvard GazetteOxford Academic, and Nature.

In 2022 Dartmouth political science professor Henry C. Clark arranged an event with Hooven, Jesse Singal, and Katie Herzog. After the event was cancelled, the event was moved to New York. An additional event with Singal was later arranged at MIT by Hooven’s spouse Alex Byrne.


Xu, Meimei (August 12, 2021). Biology Lecturer’s Comments on Biological Sex Draw Backlash. Harvard Crimson

Coyne, Jerry (November 11, 2022). The cancellation of Carole Hooven. Why Evolution Is True

Byrne, Alex (November 1, 2018). Is Sex Binary? Arc Digital

Herzog, Katie (2021). Med schools are now denying biological sex. Common Sense. Retrieved September 1, 2022 from

Harvard lecturer takes heat for defending existence of biological sex on ‘Fox & Friends’. (2021). Fox News. Retrieved September 1, 2022 from

Levine, J. (2021). Harvard lecturer blasted by colleague for defending existence of biological sex. New York Post. Retrieved September 1, 2022 from

Hooven, C.K. Academic Freedom Is Social Justice: Sex, Gender, and Cancel Culture on CampusArch Sex Behav (2022).


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