Academic Freedom or Mob Rule? Time To Pick a Side
Cowardice is the fuel of cancel culture. When someone is sacked or punished for offending a handful of intolerant saddos, this has nothing to do with the power or number or strength of argument among said saddos, and everything to do with the cowardice of institutions or employers, who invariably roll over after the slightest bit of trouble.
Which is why it is so heartening – not to mention unusual – to see the University of Sussex stand up for one of its professors, Kathleen Stock, in the face of a long-running campaign of intimidation and demonisation aimed at smearing her as transphobic. After a renewed call from campus activists this week to have Stock sacked, Sussex said no, and more should follow its example.
Stock is a philosopher and a gender-critical feminist. She’s never said anything transphobic; she believes that trans people should be free to live their lives in dignity. She just also believes that allowing male-bodied people into women’s spaces, purely because they self-identify as women, is dangerous, and that we should be careful about giving confused kids life- and body-altering treatment.
For daring to voice these unspeakable heresies she has been subjected to a witch-hunt. In January, when Stock was awarded an OBE, 600 academic
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