Because I am a feminist and have an abhorrence of totalitarian belief systems and dogma. I felt I could not stand by in silence while other women were bullied and persecuted simply for stating facts and for refusing to sign up to an ideological system. I am also deeply troubled by the developmental harms and confusion being caused to children, especially gender non-conforming children, by the way this ideology has infiltrated schools and other educational spaces.
I have been a signatory to several letters in the mainstream press. I have taken motions to my union at local and national level. I have organized a major feminist conference at my university. I have co-authored a blog on an educational website. I have written to my MP. I have submitted responses to government consultations. I have written letters to university vice-chancellors, editors and other senior academics to protest the treatment of feminist scholars within their institutions.
I have spoken to the staff and headteacher at the school where I am a governor about their PSHE resources. I have attended several demonstrations and events by WPUK. I was a founding signatory of the Labour Women’s Declaration. I have shared resources, material and opinions with women in my academic and social networks. I have written to the organizers of an event where a feminist was attacked for distributing material. I have co-authored pieces in the press. I have used feminist materials in my teaching. I have joined a local activists’ network …..
I have been asked to step down from an international editorial board because of my feminist views (after publishing a piece on academic freedom on sex and gender).
SeveraI people in my academic network, some of whom were close friends, no longer speak to me. I am no longer welcome in some of these network events.
I have had student activists post my name on lists of dangerous “TERFS”, calling on all trans students to avoid my classes because they are unsafe. I have had defamatory posters, showing my photo and calling me a fascist, displayed on the walls of my workplace. I have been referred to on social media as a bigot and a transphobe – although I am not even on social media myself (partly because I do not have the stomach for all the bullying). I have been named in defamatory articles by student journalists. I have been insulted by fellow activists in my union branch.
J, University lecturer