Kathleen Stock, docente di filosofia all'Università del Sussex, Uk

No more censorship in universities! Gender-critical prof fighting for freedom of speech

Please be aware that the translation of contents, although automatic, has a cost to Feminist Post but is provided to you without any charge. Please consider making a contribution via the "Support us" page if you intend to use our translation service intensively.
The contents of this site are translated using automatic translation systems without the intervention of professional translators.
Translations are provided for the sole purpose of facilitating reading by international visitors.
Share this article

"There is a stubbornness in me that does not tolerate being intimidated by the will of others.

My courage rises at every attempt to frighten me".

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, 1813

An earthquake is shaking Anglo-Saxon universities. Provoking it gender critical professors who denounce, at the risk of their careers, the loss of academic freedom and the intimidating climate in discussing sex, gender and gender identity.

"The gender identity movement is erasing people's freedom of speech and the academic freedom of anyone who disagrees, openly opposes or appeals to the right to debate". This is supported by Donna Hughes, professor of Gender Studies at the University of Rhode Island, USA, who wrote an incendiary essay for the feminist website 4W, Fourth Wave.

In the essay, Hughes comes down hard. He writes: 'Believing that you can change your gender is a transsexual fantasy"and that " young people are driven to hormonal and surgical horrors removing sex". Not only that. Hughes denounces the fact that many people have started to pay the misgendering - the wrong gender attribution - with the loss of one's social account or even one's job. It then goes so far as to compare people whose gender identity is different from the sex registered at birth to the followers of Qanon and criticises the left, which has plunged headlong into a world of lies. Boom!

Basta censura nelle università! Prof gender critical in lotta per la libertà di parola

His comments were immediately condemned by the director of the university's Gender and Sexuality Center, Annie Russel, who called them 'unacceptable'. The University has distanced itself in a statement stating that they do not support statements expounding anti-transgender views. This was followed by a online smear campaign.

Hughes is not the only one who disagrees with the orthodoxy of her institution. In the UK Kathleen Stock, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sussexrecently awarded an OBE for her work. campaign for academic freedom - and in particular that of examining the requests of pressure groups such as Stonewall - received in January a open letter signed by 600 people 'appalled' by his honour. Reason? His nefarious rhetoric. The email accusing Stock of transphobic scaremongeringof wanting to restrict people's access to life-saving medical treatment and of encouraging the harassment of gender non-conforming people. "It was incredibly stressful to see blatant lies presented as facts. But the letter also shows what a monstrous mess we are in when we talk about sex and gender"Stock retorts. He continues: 'I abhor discrimination against the trans world but I also believe in the freedom to examine the consequences of change, including the costs to women, gay rights and the health of children who want to change gender. As a lesbian with teenage children these topics are very close to me. And even more so as an academic and philosopher whose job it is to make sure that the investigating the truth. We must be free to discuss these things in public. Yet when I tried to do so I received complaints, disciplinary enquiries, protests from students, and constant defamation from colleagues.".

Stock has been isolated. "I have stopped attending philosophy conferences because I can no longer stand theostracism and dirty looks.. I walk through my department at the University of Sussex with a sense of dread. Two years ago the campus security manager shocked me by showing me the emergency phone system and had a peephole installed in the door. Later, when I was at a graduation I was joined by security who showed me the quickest way to leave the stage during an emergency.I was no longer shocked - the experience had become normal.".

Removed from TwitterStock has released amuch discussed interview with Charlie Hebdo where accused the liberal feminism of middle-class university students of surrendering to the militant trans movement and moving away from the working class.

For those who work in the university, the message is clear: either you conform to the dominant narrative or you come to a bad end. It is no coincidence that other academics such as Selina Todd, Oxford history, has a ssecurity service for its conferences e Alice Sullivanprofessor of sociology at University College London was removed - no platforming - from an event on census data collection guidelines. Is this a new witch-hunt? Silence is violence.

Basta censura nelle università! Prof gender critical in lotta per la libertà di parola
Oxford historian Selina Todd

To rebel against this culture GCAcademia Network, a site where gender-critical lecturers and students denounce anonymously the intimidating climate, bullying, threats and basically the death of academic debate, was born. Chilling testimonies that once again measure the suffocating climate and loss of freedom in universities. One lecturer: "They encourage us to state and use pronouns and to confessing whether we are cis or trans. Teaching Women and Gender Studies has become a nightmare that no one wants to talk about anymore.. Queer Theory dominates everywhere". A student studying English Literature: "I recently had a paper corrected where have replaced every time I have written 'female' or 'sex' with 'gender' and 'gender identity'. Some phrasesthey don't even make sense anymore. I thought the point of doing university was to support freedom of expression and to promote discussion and debate. I feel like leaving".

Basta censura nelle università! Prof gender critical in lotta per la libertà di parola
Alice Sullivan Professor of Sociology UCL

Another student from the University of Edinburgh: "We are asked to use terminology approved by Stonewall and to talk about sex assigned at birth. and the true gender of people". University feminist groups are not safe either. "I am a Fine Art student at a university in the UK. I joined the Feminist Society thinking of finding a space where we can discuss feminism freely. The first session on Zoom was opened by a man using the pronouns She/Her. He spoke in place of women as if he were a woman. even though he had obviously never experienced sexism in his life because he was clearly a sexist. a man with female pronouns. I was shocked but if I had intervened I would have been accused of transphobia and racism".  

Nina Wess 30 March 2021

Micromega magazine also hosts a text on these issues

Most of the news published by Feminist Post you will not read about them elsewhere. That is why it is important to support us, even with a small contribution: Feminist Post is produced solely by the voluntary work of many people and has no funding. If you think our work can be useful for your life, we would be grateful for even the smallest contribution.  



IBAN: IT80C0200812914000104838541

Much of the news published by Feminist Post you will not read elsewhere. That is why it is important to support us, even with a small contribution: Feminist Post is produced solely by the voluntary work of many people and has no funding.
If you think our work can be useful for your life, we will be grateful for even the smallest contribution.

You can give us your contribution by clicking here: Patreon - Feminist Post
You might also be interested in
23 March 2023
Petrillo: my body doesn't count, I want to use women's showers. And withdraws from the Torun World Championships for reasons of 'safety'
Winning competitions is not enough: Petrillo also claims to use the women's changing rooms after the Italian Athletics Federation at the request of female athletes decided on reserved spaces. "The state recognises me as a woman, male genitals don't count. Besides,' she sneers, 'it certainly won't be the first time they see them. In the meantime, she renounces the next world championships for 'security' reasons.
A few days ago, we published a report on the competition of Valentina born Fabrizio Petrillo in Ancona, with the reactions of the female athletes beaten by her male body. The female athletes made it clear that, although they respected Petrillo's personal journey, athletically they were not on a par and that they felt discriminated against. The statements made by the female athletes to the Feminist Post were taken up by other newspapers, including Il Giornale (here), and provoked comments from Petrillo, who had [...]
Read now
21 March 2023
'We were wrong': pioneer of puberty blockers admits damage
Susan Bradley, a Canadian psychiatrist who founded a clinic for 'dysphoric' minors in the 1970s and an authority in this field today states that the switch from psychological therapy to drugs was a big mistake. Because their effects are severe and not reversible, because those treatments are 'authoritarian' and experimental. And because in 9 out of 10 cases children's dysphoria is only temporary and masks other disorders.
In an interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation, Dr Susan Bradley, a Canadian psychiatrist and a pioneer in the treatment of gender dysphoria in children, spoke out against the popular model of affirming children's transgender identities and treating them with puberty-blocking drugs, a practice she had participated in in the past. Bradley had opened a paediatric clinic in 1975 for children suffering from gender dysphoria, a profound sense of unease concerning the [...]
Read now
3 March 2023
Transsexuality is not a lunch for genderqueers
Being transgender is not transgenderism but a deeply dramatic experience with an uncertain outcome. Which has nothing to do with the stale stereotypes with which gender identity is expressed. Neviana Calzolari's reflections
Republished courtesy of Dol's Magazine. Original article here Neviana Calzolari, sociologist, activist, writer and TV face. Yet hardly mainstream, indeed among the most acute (and critical) observers of the social-political landscape of our times (...) The I-Dee group of Milan and the Ipazia association of Catania met her. - The Zan bill was designed to combat homotranssphobia, therefore with good intentions,' Neviana began, 'despite this I remain sceptical about certain terminology, in particular 'gender identity', which alarms much of the world [...].
Read now
23 February 2023
Mental disorders in children: it's an epidemic. In parallel with the boom in 'gender dysphoria'
An American study reveals that psychological distress in adolescents has been on a growth spike since 2012 with different symptoms between males and females. And that almost always the idea of wanting to 'change sex' is accompanied by other problems. Loneliness, social networks, pornography: how savage marketing is destroying a generation
The silence on puberty blockers prescribed to girls and boys with gender non-conforming behaviour has finally been broken in Italy too. It has been broken mainly thanks to the efforts of radical feminists, parents' groups and Italian psychoanalysts who have written to the government (see here). The debate has also arrived on TV, with two recent episodes of Quarta Repubblica with interventions by Italian and foreign experts, from feminists Marina Terragni (here, from 1'46'') and Monica Ricci [...].
Read now
17 February 2023
After the court ruling at the registry office Petrillo is a woman. But her body remains male. The female athletes demand and obtain from their federation that it does not access their reserved spaces. At least the existence of the problem is recognised. Then come the competition fields
This is, at the very least, an acknowledgement of the problem. The athlete Petrillo obtained a name change from Fabrizio to Valentina from the court a few months ago, but her body remains male. Sharing the changing rooms therefore creates great embarrassment for the female athletes. While waiting for the issue of male bodies in women's sports to be fully and definitively resolved, a small but significant victory: separate changing rooms will be set up for Petrillo. Which makes the unbearability of the situation even more evident. It is [...]
Read now
15 February 2023
UK: Inquiry book published on the Tavistock case, clinic that 'cured' autistic children by transitioning them
BBC journalist Hanna Barnes struggled hard to find a publisher: the censorship we all know. But she finally made it. And now her sensational essay on the scandal of the Tavistock, a clinic for the transition of minors closed by the British National Health Service: puberty blockers casually prescribed to preadolescents with autism, trauma or psychological disorders. For years some staff tried to raise the alarm, but were intimidated and silenced. This is an entirely political issue, because the health of children is at stake. Thousands throughout the West lured by hammering trans-propaganda
Hanna Barnes is a BBC journalist. After conducting a thorough investigation of the Tavistock clinic in London, a centre for the gender transition of minors, and having discovered the wickedness of that service, she decided to turn it into a book. But it was not at all easy to find a publisher willing to publish it. Not because Barnes's work was not documented and rigorous, but because no publishing house could withstand the likely accusation of transphobia that the publication of the [...]
Read now
1 2 3 ... 43