Professors in Viral Clip from Daily Wire’s ‘What is a Woman?’ Film Teaches at University of Tennessee

A professor featured in a viral clip from Daily Wire’s film “What is a Woman?” is an associate professor and the chairman of the Interdisciplinary Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville.

In the clip, which has been viewed at least 2 million times on Twitter alone, Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh asked Dr. Patrick Grzanka to define the term “woman.”

“I’m just trying to start by getting to the truth,” Walsh said.

“Yeah, I mean I’m really uncomfortable with that language of, like, getting to the truth,” Grzanka said.

“Why is that uncomfortable?” askedWalsh.

“Because that – it sounds actually deeply transphobic to me, and if you keep probing, we’re gonna stop the interview,” Grzanka said.

“If I probe about what the truth is?” Walsh asked.

“You keep invoking the word truth, which is condescending and rude,” Grzanka said. “I’m saying to you – ”

“How is the word ‘truth’ condescending and rude?” Walsh asked, interrupting the professor.

“Why don’t you tell me what your truth is, and you’re walking on 30 seconds more of thin ice before I get up,” Grzanka said.

The program that Grzanka chair’s teaches a litany of social justice issues.

“Women, Gender, and Sexuality (WGS) is a major dedicated to the study of how gender and sexuality shape the past, present, and future of human cultures and societies,” according to the University of Tennessee’s website. “Our interdisciplinary curriculum trains students in critical studies of the ways in which gender and sexuality intersect with race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, and other dimensions of difference. Our courses provide students with a wide variety of methodological skills and perspectives with which to conduct their own research, creative activity, and activism.”

Further, Grzanka’s biography page shows that he has been awarded research grants by high-profile scientific institutes, including the American Psychological Association’s Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, the National Science Foundation and the National Science Foundation’s Science, Technology, & Society Program.

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Pete D’Abrosca is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Patrick Grzanka” by Seth Dillon.



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10 Thoughts to “Professors in Viral Clip from Daily Wire’s ‘What is a Woman?’ Film Teaches at University of Tennessee”

  1. g

    Walsh’s documentary is exposing these leaders of the dangerous gender ideology cult. When they can’t answer the simplest questions, and immediately go on the defensive when actual questions are asked, it’s the beginning of the end for these idiots.

  2. Matthew Marcus

    What Tennesseans should be concerned w/ here is the fact that this is just one example of a “professor” paid and operating in an institution paid for by the tax dollars of TENNESSEANS

    This is just a microcosm of just how far this disease of ideology has spread, even into a deeply conservative state like Tennessee!

    It’s FAR beyond the time to wake up and respond against this kind of “slowly boiling the frog”… Before it’s too late, which may in fact have already come.

  3. nicky wicks

    read his C V. full is useless mess. and he makes a living off of it.

    these people are parasites on a productive economy

  4. Cannoneer2

    This is the essence of why the Republican Party can’t get anything of substance accomplished in Tennessee – bounding down rabbit trails chasing nonsense like this.

    1. Grotshops

      How is this a rabbit trail? There is nothing more important than defending the proposition that truth exists and that it is possible to discover it.

  5. nicky wicks

    this is the essence of liberalism. a women’s studies department prof that cant define what a woman is.

    all departments with ‘studies’ in the name need to be defunded.

  6. Wolf Woman

    The corruption of higher education continues unabated and paid for by our tax dollars.

  7. LM

    The professor teaching a class about women doesn’t know what a woman is. And people pay him for that.

  8. Randy

    He is probably pissed off because he could not get someone else to pay off his student loans.

  9. David Blackwell RN, BSN, CCM

    Why would anyone send a kid to college today?