Teacher of ballroom dancing in the elite French University Sciences Po Paris has been out of a job after being reprimanded for insisting on referring to dance students as “male” and “female” rather than using non-gendered language.
“I say women are on one side and men are on the other because in dance there is a male role and a female role,” former Sciences Po lecturer Valerie told AFP. She asked the outlet to call her by her first name only.
“That’s the reason we broke up,” she said.
The university told AFP that officials called a meeting with Valerie because of her use of “discriminatory” language. Later, Valerie quit her job because of the university’s demands to use the words “leader” and “follower” instead of “man” and “woman,” the paper reported.
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A student who spoke to the Paris mall described Valerie as “old school” who made the class “feel awkward”.
After complaints that the school had “woke up”, the university administration redoubled its support for creating an inclusive environment.
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“We received a complaint from a female student … backed up by several of them, that this teacher made remarks during class that were discriminatory in terms of role men dancingA Sciences Po spokesperson told AFP.
“We asked her not to do it, but she didn’t want to and decided not to continue the class.”
Sciences Po told Fox News Digital on Sunday morning that the school “warned her of the requirement to stop her discriminatory comments in accordance with French law and our internal code of ethics.”
“In light of this, and contrary to press claims that she has been dismissed from Sciences Po, this lecturer has informed our management that she is no longer interested in continuing her education at Sciences Po,” the statement said.
Valeria said she refused to “bow down to the dictatorship.”
“They are censoring me. I will not bow down to a dictatorship. Forget political correctness. What will happen next? A swan lake with a hairy swan?”
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The teacher claimed that “there was a sense of seduction” between the ballroom dancing couple, adding: “To be honest, two women dancing together, I think it’s ugly.”
Sciences Po added in a statement to Fox News Digital that it is “committed to combating all forms of discrimination and therefore strongly condemns the lies and political manipulation caused by the resignation of the dance instructor.”
Valerie specialized in tango, waltz, salsa and other ballroom styles for the school’s after-school program, The Sunday Times reported.
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Sciences Po is public research university which was opened in 1872 and has a reputation for being elite due to its complex admissions process.