Students awake try to cancel feminist speaker Kathleen Stock
A philosophy professor at the university faces a campaign of “harassment” for her views on trans rights – students put up posters and demand that she be fired.
Kathleen Stock, 48, a gender and sexual orientation expert who works for the University of Sussex, has been called “transphobic” by some outraged students.
Posters in the tunnel between Falmer station and the university campus said it “makes trans students unsafe” and “we don’t pay £ 9,250 a year for transphobia”.
Banners saying “Out of stock” were held alongside flares and dozens of people criticized her under the Twitter hashtag #ShameOnSussexUni.
The group leading the protests is an anonymous collective called “Anti Terf Sussex” which describes itself as an “unaffiliated network of queer and trans students”.
‘Terf’ means a ‘radical trans-exclusionist feminist’. This is the term that was addressed to JK Rowling for his response to an article about “menstruating people.”
The Harry Potter author tweeted at the time: “I’m sure there was a word for these people,” suggesting that word was “women” to his 14.5 million followers.
But today, the University of Sussex backed Ms Stock, saying it was “extremely concerned” about the “harassment” she had suffered and confirmed the posters had been taken down.
Kathleen Stock, 48, is a philosophy professor who works for the University of Sussex
Posters were placed in the tunnel from Falmer station to the university campus
Banners saying “Out of stock” were held alongside flares on college campus
Ms Stock has insisted on several occasions in the past that she is not a transphobe, but attention to her views has intensified since the release of her book Material Girls in May.
She has written and spoken extensively on sex and gender identity, claiming that femininity and manhood reflect biological sex, not gender or gender identity.
In her own words: What does Kathleen Stock think about gender and trans issues?
Kathleen Stock explained her take on trans issues in written evidence in Parliament in November 2020 here:
- Femininity and virility reflect biological sex, not gender or gender identity;
- The claim “trans women are women” is fiction, not literally true
- Sexual orientation (being gay, lesbian) is determined by same-sex attraction, not attraction to gender identity
- The spaces where women undress and sleep must remain truly unisex, in order to protect them;
- Children with gender identity disorders should not receive puberty blockers as minors.
Ms. Stock also asserts that trans women are not women; and sexual orientation is determined by same-sex attraction, not attraction to gender identity.
And she wants a ban on transgender women in women’s locker rooms, saying in 2018 that “many trans women are still men with male genitalia.”
But she was criticized on Twitter as a “Terf” amid a huge amount of criticism.
Among the tweets against her today was one that read: ‘#ShameOnSussexUni, the fact that this is all the rage right now is amazing and disgusting.
“Transphobia has no place on our campus. F ** k Kathleen Stock, you unbearable jerk. Shame on Sussex for continuing to employ him and allowing him to spread hatred on campus.
Another tweeted: “#ShameOnSussexUni for employing bullies and transphobes like Kathleen Stock.”
And a third said: ‘#ShameOnSussexUni for using transphobes like Kathleen Stock and shame on anyone who tried to defend this bigotry.
“Either later in your life you will realize that you are on the wrong side of history, like so many fanatics before you, or you will die alone because everyone will leave.”
But there was also a lot of support for Ms. Stock today, with radical feminist Julie Bindel tweeting, “Do you support what’s happening to Kathleen Stock right now?
“If you do, you are a sadistic tyrant. Shame on you. Those of you who can speak, speak. You covered your ass long enough. ‘
Jessica Taylor, also a radical feminist author, said, “I’m with Kathleen Stock. Academic freedom (and security) to debate, discuss, disagree and theorize is vital for human and social development.
Attention to her opinions has intensified since the release of her book Material Girls in May.
“Harassment, intimidation and intimidation of women who have a point of view on an issue is abhorrent and has no place anywhere. Freedom of expression for all.
And Paul Embery, a labor activist, added: “I stand alongside Professor Kathleen Stock OBE – a respected scholar and feminist who is currently the target of a vicious campaign demanding her sack from @SussexUni for the ‘crime’ of expressing critical opinions on gender. # Solidarity #StandUpToBullying. ‘
A spokesperson for the University of Sussex told MailOnline today: “We were extremely concerned about the harassment against our staff member and have taken immediate action in response to it, which continues.
“We are deeply committed to being a safe and inclusive university, which values and advances equality and diversity, seeks to resolve conflicts, advances good relations and defends legal freedom of expression.
“As a university community, we need to be able to have complex discussions without intimidation and harassment. We will always take prompt action when this happens.
“Our role as a university is to facilitate such conversations to advance shared understanding and common agreement. We insist that these are done with respect and are always protective of our staff and students.
In June 2020, author JK Rowling was accused of being “transphobic” after insisting that only women have their period. She challenged an article titled: “Opinion: Creating a More Equal Post-COVID-19 World for People Who Have Their Period.”
In June 2020, author JK Rowling was accused of being ‘transphobic’ after insisting that only women have their period
Opposing the wording, she copied a link to the article and posted it above on Twitter: “People who have their period.” I’m sure there was a word for these people. Someone is helping me. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud? ‘
Amid the backlash, she later posted: “I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex takes many away from the ability to meaningfully discuss their lives. It is not hate to speak the truth.
It also comes after the medical journal The Lancet was accused of using the phrase “body with vagina” instead of the word “woman,” which later saw editor Richard Horton apologize for giving the impression that “we have dehumanized and marginalized women”. .
This week, the University of Exeter Student Guild resisted calls to shut down an anti-abortion society, supporting its members’ rights to “free speech” and to operate without fear “d ‘intolerance or discrimination’.
The Christian group, Exeter Students for Life, is led by a sophomore law student named Ali who says he wants to end the “murders that happen every day,” and describes everyone involved in the process. abortion as a “sinner”.
On social media, students from across the UK have suggested the university should not allow the company to operate on campus, but the University of Exeter Student Guild said in a statement that it encouraged “freedom of expression”.
Read The Mail On Sunday’s Material Girls review by clicking here