Turkish professor stirs outcry over obscene, sexist remarks
Süleyman Demirel University in the western Turkish province of Isparta has launched an investigation after a professor’s obscene remarks drew ire from social media users, particularly women.
Prof. Dr. Ahmet Özdemir, who lectures at the university’s physics department, shared a tweet in the early hours of June 20, criticizing women students for being sexually active before university.
Özdemir’s use of an extremely vulgar word, as well as the fact that he addressed this tweet to a woman colleague with sexist overtones, drew condemnation from thousands of social media users.
After the outpour of reactions that labelled the professor as a misogynist, the university announced the launch of an investigation into Özdemir, who deleted his Twitter account.
“Our rector’s office has started an investigation into the aforementioned professor. He has no administrative role in our university and we must stress that the rector’s office does not approve of his views,” the statement said.