Censorship timeline

[This is a timeline of censorship, banning, protest, attempted deplatforming, etc. that has occurred since I started writing about gender critical feminism in 2018. There are more general accounts of the treatment of gender critical academics here, here, here, and here].

March 2019 | 3AM Magazine withdraws Richard Marshall’s interview with me, after complaints about my answers to interview questions about trans issues. Details here. Richard Marshall resigned in protest. All of his interviews with philosophers, previously published to 3AM, are now available at 3-16am.co.uk, including mine.

May 2019 | Jane Clare Jones & I give a public talk at the University of Reading. Student activists attempt to have the event cancelled, and (when it goes ahead) protest the event.

June 2019 | Permanently suspended from Twitter for ‘Violating our rules against hateful conduct’. No details provided, and all appeals rejected without explanation. Details here. My open letter here.

July 2019 | Student activists attempt to have the Australasian Association of Philosophy deplatform my talk ‘Women-Only Spaces and The Right To Exclude’. They organize a protest for outside the conference. Reported here. Details of the protest (which Facebook later removed) are here, here, and here.

August 2019 | An Equality Australia petition demands that the University of Melbourne deplatform our event ‘The Future of Sex-Based Rights’, a forum to discuss the proposed Births, Deaths, and Marriages Amendment Bill 2019 (which introduced sex self-identification to VIC). Reported here, here, here, and here.

September 2019 | The Institute for Art and Ideas (IAI) withdraws an article with contributions from multiple philosophers after the trans activist authors complain about being ‘co-platformed’ with gender critical authors. Details here, with a link to the original piece. IAI later republish the article without the trans activist authors, and publish both their retraction statement and my reply. I write about this whole debacle in more detail here.

September 2019 | Student activists at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) attempt to have the university cancel my talk, ‘Deplatforming is a feminist issue’ (with Emily Vicendese), for Feminist Forum. I’m sure the irony was lost on them.

Placard outside my workplace, during a student protest of a talk presumed to be gender critical. October 2019.

October 2019 | Students at the University of Melbourne protest a philosophy talk by a speaker because she is invited by me and therefore assumed to be gender critical. The Queer Political Action Collective organize the protest, speculating wildly as to the content of the talk, and Van Badham tweets this to her 80K followers. Here’s the placard that was sitting outside the building my office is in, for the duration of the protest.

November 2019 | Massey University deplatforms the ‘Feminism 2020’ event, organized by Speak Up For Women NZ and at which I am a speaker, under pressure from activists. (The event goes ahead in a new venue). Reported here, Massey’s statement here.

October 2020 | Permanently suspended from Medium for ‘Hate speech’. No details provided, appeal rejected without explanation. I was on the platform from October 2018 – October 2020 and had posted 35 gender critical essays.

November 2020 | The Women’s Human Rights Campaign (WHRC) UK group take down the video of a webinar I did with Kathleen Stock for WHRC Australia & New Zealand, where we talked about some hard questions for gender critical feminists. (This is my first deplatforming by my own side).

February-March 2021 | I launched the website www.noconflicttheysaid.org to raise awareness about women’s experiences of women-only spaces being disrupted as a result of gender identity ideology. Two of my colleagues incited a Twitter mob (here and here), and an Open Letter was created asking for “swift and decisive” (albeit unspecified) action to be taken against me by the university. In this article, one of my colleagues says the university should ‘force’ me to take down the website and remove me from having contact with students. There is a counter-letter here. In March there is a ‘snap rally against transphobia‘ which targets the tutors (lectures are not compulsory but tutorials are).

March 2021 | There is a second protest against me on the University of Melbourne campus. The issues are ‘high-profile TERFs teaching “Feminism” courses’ [I don’t know why feminism is in quote marks, but thanks for calling me high-profile], a vague accusation of ‘hate speech’, and a demand that the university condemn noconflicttheysaid.org. The Melbourne University Branch of the NTEU used their mailing list to encourage members to attend the protest. Greens Senator Janet Rice is one of the speakers at the rally. There was coverage of the protest on Sky News, clip here. Full details of the media coverage of the backlash against the website are here.

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