Recording Dialogues: A Philosophy Podcast, May 9th 2018. From left to right: Dan Halliday, Stephanie Collins, me, Richard Rowland.

Articles & blog posts

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Brave New World For Women, If Anyone Can Join‘, The Australian, 20th December 2019. (Reprinted at On Line Opinion, 23rd December 2019).

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Just How Bad Is It To Misgender Someone?The Age, 1st October 2019. (Also printed in the Sydney Morning Herald, 1st October 2019).

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Misgivings about Racial and Religious Tolerance Amendment Bill’, The Age, 21st September 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘How The Trans Rights Movement is Turning Philosophers Into Activists‘, Quillette, 20th September 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Gender as Identity vs. Gender as Norms‘, Institute of Art and Ideas, 11th September 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Why some feminists oppose allowing people to choose their sex on birth certificates’, The Conversation, 23rd August 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. [Alongside other contributors, including Julie Bindel & Kathleen Stock]. ‘How can philosophy help us understand transgender experiences? Institute of Art and Ideas, 26th July 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Implications of sex-change act amendment have not been fully explored‘, The Age, 7th July 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Academic mobbing needs to be challenged, both inside and outside the university‘, Feminist Current, 26th June 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘When hundreds of women are dying as a result of sex, it’s a sure sign men are doing something wrong’, The Article, 18th April 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘If anyone can choose to be female, what happens to women’s rights?The Australian, 28th February 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Is it possible to change sex?‘ The Article, 19th February 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. & Vicendese, Emily. ‘Does ‘Gender Identity’ Preclude Male Violence? Reply to Finlayson, Jenkins, and Worsdale’, Conatus News, 20th November 2018.

Chappell, Sophie-Grace., & Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Transgender: a dialogue’, Aeon, 15th November 2018.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Is there anything wrong with collective punishment?‘ Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace, The Ethical War Blog, September, 26th September 2018.

Allen, Sophie., Finneron-Burns, Elizabeth., Jones, Jane Clare., Lawford-Smith, Holly., Leng, Mary., Reilly-Cooper, Rebecca., & Simpson, Rebecca. ‘Derogatory Language in Philosophy Journal Risks Increased Hostility and Diminished Discussion (guest post)’, Daily Nous, 27th August 2018.

Lawford-Smith, Holly., & Vicendese, Emily. ‘Penises don’t kill people, people with penises do’, Feminist Current, 16th August 2018.

Swearer, Stephen., Jessup, Brad., Lawford-Smith, Holly., Patterson, Jeannie., Bell, Simon., & Beer, Tania. ‘Why the plastic bag backflip is a bad idea’, Pursuit, 1st August 2018.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Speaking on behalf of…Aeon, July 11th 2018.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Some Thought on the Hypatia Affair’, Crooked Timber, 6th May 2017.

Barry, Christian. & Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Critics Pour Cold Water on Ice Bucket Challenge. Are They Right?The Conversation, 27th August 2014.


Medium articles

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Trans Men Are Men (But Transwomen Are Not Women)‘, Medium, 12th May 2020.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Review of Doug Murray’s The Madness of Crowds‘, Medium, 12th May 2020.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘So You’ve Been Publicly ‘Transphobe’d‘, Medium, 21st April 2020.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Anti-Vilification Provisions (Hearings)‘, Medium, 12th March 2020.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Submission to the Victorian Parliament’s Inquiry Into Anti-Vilification Protections | 20th December 2019‘, Medium, 20th December 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Practical Suggestions For My Man Colleagues In Philosophy‘, Medium, 5th December 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘What Is A Woman?’ (Text of my talk at Feminism 2020, Wellington, 15th November 2019), Medium, 16th November 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Crossing the Gender Picket Line’, Medium, 13th October 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘#MAFS, Parliamentary Edition‘, Medium, 29th August 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Reply to Fileborn, McCann, Mitchell, & Kunjan’s ‘Victorian changes to gender on birth certificate will not increase sexual violence. Here’s why’‘, Medium, 24th August 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘‘Feminists in Support of Birth Certificate Reform in Victoria’: A Gender Critical Reply‘, Medium, 14th August 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘A Philosophical Perspective on Gender Identity’ [long version], Medium, 9th August 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘A Philosophical Perspective on Gender Identity’ [short version] (text of my talk from The Future of Sex-Based Rights, Melbourne, 8th August 2019), Medium, 9th August 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Hitching Glitterbeard Carts to Transsexual Wagons’, Medium, 12th July 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Let’s talk about sex (—based rights for Australians)’, Medium, 1st July 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘The Adoption Analogy Revisited‘, Medium, 21st June 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Talking Past Each Other About Trans/Gender‘, Medium, 14th June 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Radical Feminist Wish List, 2019’, Medium, 6th June 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘An Open Letter to Twitter’s Board of Directors’, Medium, 2nd June 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Patriarchy, misogyny, & the gender system‘, Medium, 25th May 2019.

Allen, Sophie., Jones, Jane Clare., Lawford-Smith, Holly., Leng, Mary., Reilly-Cooper, Rebecca., & Stock, Kathleen.  ‘Doing better in arguments about sex and gender‘, Medium, 23rd May 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Some thoughts about Hi-Phi Nation’s ‘For Women Only, Part II’’, Medium, 11th May 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘“A hate movement hiding behind a bunch of pseudo-feminist platitudes”: Response to ContraPoints’, Medium, 31st March 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Is it possible to change sex?’ Medium, 14th February 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘What Intersectionality Isn’t‘, Medium, 24th January 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Should companies shift to gender neutral bathrooms?’Medium, 3rd January 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘“Trans-ancestral Māori are Māori!” An alternative history‘, Medium, 4th December 2018.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Reproductive Rights are Women’s Rights‘, Medium, 3rd December 2018.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Australian Federal and State Law on Sex and Gender’, Medium, 15th October 2018.


Interviews / Profiles

Smith, Tea. ‘The Verboten – Episode 2 – Dr Holly Lawford-Smith‘, YouTube, 14th June 2020.

Linehan, Graham. ‘The Disappeared: Holly Lawford-Smith‘, Women Are Important, 24th September 2019.

Tonoli, Carley. ‘Meet Dr Holly Lawford-Smith: Prize-Winning Author, SHAPS Philosopher, and Seamstress Extraordinaire!‘ SHAPS Research Forum, 4th June 2019.

Marshall, Richard., & Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Thinking about climate change, global justice, and trans‘, 3am Magazine, 18th March 2019. (Note: this interview was taken down after some controversy and is now available at 3.16AM instead).


Quoted in…

Saville, Margot. ‘What does self-ID mean for the rights of women?Crikey, 14th February 2020.

Lane, Bernard. ‘Trans Therapy Law May Harm Child Patients‘, The Australian, 20th January 2020.

Johnson, Emily. & Zhang, Stephanie. ‘Petitions, Protests and Sex Based Events‘, Farrago, 24th September 2019.

Akerman, Tessa. ‘Choice of sex on birth certificates becomes law in Victoria‘, The Australian, 29th August 2019.

The Weekend Australian. ‘Not all oppression of the sisterhood is worthy of attention from our progressive organs‘, The Weekend Australian, 31st July 2019.

Lane, Bernard. ‘The balls now in feminists’ court‘, The Australian, 27th July 2019.

Lane, Bernard. ‘New Victorian sex law a gender headache‘, The Australian, 27th July 2019.



Speak Up For Women New Zealand (SUFW NZ). “Dr Holly Lawford-Smith, Feminism 2020 Wellington Speech“, YouTube, 1st December 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly., Mansel Lees, Virginia., Opie, Hayden., Vallins, Nina., & Winter, Bronwyn. ‘The Future of Sex-Based Rights’ [Part I, Part II, & Part III], YouTube, 9th August 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Women-only spaces & the right to exclude (Part I)’, YouTube, 14th July 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Women-only spaces & the right to exclude (Part II)’. YouTube, 14th July 2019.


Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Who’s Culpable for What the State Does? Part I: Citizens’, YouTube, 27th September 2016.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Who’s Culpable for What the State Does? Part II: Employees & Elected Officials’, YouTube, 7th December 2018.



O’Brien, Ani. ‘Why Does Everyone Hate Lesbians?The Speak Up For Women Podcast, 7th August 2020.

Lam, Barry. ‘For Women Only, Part II‘, Slate’s Hi-Phi Nation, 11th OpMay 2019 (with Laurel Westbrook, Holly Lawford-Smith, & Robin Dembroff).

Matthews, Beth. ‘Dr Holly Lawford-Smith: Are Citizens Culpable for States’ Actions?‘, 3CR Radical Philosophy, 4th May 2019.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘What’s Wrong With Collective Punishment?’ Podcast of Aristotelian Society Talk, 4th June 2018.

Halliday, Dan., Lawford-Smith, Holly., & Rowland, Richard. Dialogues: A Philosophy Podcast, Season II, Episodes 7 – 13, 2018. (Available via Soundcloud & iTunes).


Recording Dialogues: A Philosophy Podcast. From left to right: Dan Halliday, me, Richard Rowland.

Episode 13: Guest philosopher Colin Klein talks with us about whether insects are conscious and what that would mean.

Episode 12: Guest philosopher Stephanie Collins talks with us about who does wrong when an organisation does wrong.

Episode 11: Guest philosopher Lisa Ellis talks with us about sea-level rise and adaptation justice.

Episode 10: Guest philosopher Christian Barry talks with us about the injustices consumers are implicated in through ordinary goods like smartphones and clothing.

Episode 9: Guest philosopher Caroline West talks with us about the implications that a popular view about group rights has for the permissibility of our younger selves making decisions that trap or constrain our older selves.

Episode 8: Guest philosopher Nick Barry talks with us about social esteem.

Episode 7: Guest philosopher Reene Bolinger talks with us about the idea that it’s wrong to put someone in a situation where they cannot know whether you’ve consented or not.

Barry, Christian., Halliday, Dan. Dialogues, Season I, Episodes 1 – 6, 2018.

Episode 01: Charity: Dan, Christian, and their mate Holly Lawford-Smith discuss if we should give more to those we know well than strangers, if charity is only for those in desperate need, and who should help the needy, the government or private charities?

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Why Worry About Class?Philosophy 24/7, November 2016.

Lawford-Smith, Holly. ‘Offsetting Class Privilege’, Interview for Uehiro Centre, University of Oxford, with David Edmonds, June 2016.

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