Equalities minister Kemi Badenoch says she is ‘appalled’ at the treatment Kathleen Stock and says the feminist professor is ‘in step with the majority of the population’ after she quit Sussex University over trans rights row
Equalities minister Kemi Badenoch has spoken out against the abuse a university professor has faced for her views on gender identity.
Kathleen Stock, a professor of philosophy at the University of Sussex, had faced calls to be sacked amid accusations of transphobia.
But earlier this month, the University of Sussex vice-chancellor said the institution would not tolerate threats to ‘academic freedoms’ after the campaign to remove Prof Stock from her position.
La settimana scorsa, Prof Stock said she will be leaving her job after ‘an absolutely horrible time’ and ‘a very difficult few years’.
The philosophy professor was at the centre of a blazing row – and a student-led protest – at the university after saying she believes gender identity does not outweigh biological sex ‘when it comes to law and policy’.
Equalities minister Kemi Badenoch (nella foto) backed Kathleen Stock and told the Sky News’ Trevor Phillips On Sunday programme she is ‘appalled’ at the way Ms Stock has been treated
Kathleen Stock (sinistra), a professor of philosophy at the University of Sussex, had faced calls to be sacked amid accusations of transphobia but has since decided to resign her position
Ha anche detto che le persone non possono cambiare il loro sesso biologico, sparking anger from protesters who accused her of ‘transphobia’.
Equalities minister Kemi Badenoch backed the professor and told the Sky News’ Trevor Phillips On Sunday programme she is ‘appalled’ at the way Ms Stock has been treated.
Lei ha aggiunto: ‘I went to Sussex University and I tweeted when I saw the university statement backing her, nobody should face bullying or harassment in the workplace.
‘That is actually another thing that the Equality Act looks at, bullying and harassment.
‘I don’t think she should lose her job. I think that she has every right to hold the beliefs… I think she is probably in step with the majority of the population.
‘What we in Government are trying to do is show that we do believe that trans people should be free to live their lives as they wish, but where people see a conflict, and that conflict has tended to be around single-sex spaces and the definition of gender reassignment and how gender critical feminists, as they are known, believe that those rights are in conflict, what we can do in order to provide clarity.’
Striscioni che dicono "Scorte esaurite"’ era stato anche tenuto insieme a razzi in fiamme e decine di persone la criticavano online sotto l'hashtag Twitter #ShameOnSussexUni
Announcing her departure on Twitter on Thursday, Prof Stock said: "Sono stati anni molto difficili", ma l'approccio della leadership più di recente è stato ammirevole e dignitoso. I hope that other institutions in similar situations can learn from this.
‘Am particularly glad to see University emphasising that bullying and harassment anyone for their legally held beliefs is unacceptable in their workplace.’
Ms Badenoch also insisted that while the Government does not believe in gender self-identification for trans people, stating that there should be a ‘process’ to get gender recognition certificates which involves medical professionals.
Lei disse: ‘The Government’s position is that we will do everything we can to support trans people in particular, all LGBT people, but trans people in particular when it comes to healthcare, because they have different healthcare needs from other LGBT people.
'Però, we do not think that goes as far as self ID, we do believe that there should be a process to get a gender recognition certificate, and the process does mean involving medical professionals as well.’
When told some trans activists would say the fact she does not accept the statement trans women are women is in itself a form of violence, Ms Badenoch said it is ‘sad that the debate has turned into one of name-calling’.
I poster affissi nel tunnel dalla stazione di Falmer al campus dell'università all'inizio di questo mese dicevano che "rende gli studenti trans insicuri’ and ‘we’re not paying £9,250 a year for transphobia’
Nelle sue stesse parole: Cosa crede Kathleen Stock sulle questioni di genere e trans??
Kathleen Stock ha spiegato le sue opinioni sulle questioni trans in prove scritte al Parlamento a novembre 2020 Qui:
- La femminilità e la virilità riflettono il sesso biologico, non genere o identità di genere;
- L'affermazione "le donne trans sono donne"’ è una finzione, non letteralmente vero;
- Orientamento sessuale (essere gay, essere lesbica) è determinato dall'attrazione per lo stesso sesso, non attrazione per l'identità di genere;
- Gli spazi in cui le donne si spogliano e dormono dovrebbero rimanere genuinamente dello stesso sesso, per proteggerli;
- I bambini con disturbi dell'identità di genere non dovrebbero ricevere bloccanti della pubertà come minorenni.
Lei ha aggiunto: ‘What I would ask people to do is actually look at what the policies are, what it is we’re doing in order to protect people of all types, whether they are LGBT, of different race, racial backgrounds, the different sexes.
‘We are a Government that believes in equality and fairness for all, and everything we’re doing is to make sure that we have an equal society, and we should not get to a point where having a different opinion becomes a reason to insult other people. That’s absolutely wrong.’
In the wake of her resignation, those behind anti-Stock protests, which have included spraying graffiti with the phrase ‘Stock Out’, took to social media to celebrate the professor’s departure.
In one post on Instagram the group shared an image of the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz with the phrase ‘Ding Dong the Witch is Dead’ – a song from the same film.
Instagram page Antitfersussex, who describe themselves as an unaffiliated network of queer and trans students at the university, also posted a statement in response to Ms Stock’s departure, in which they said ‘good f*****g riddance’.
In the statement, the group said: ‘This is a monumental victory for trans and non-binary students, who have protested the ways that this university has enabled transphobia, abuse and discrimination.
‘The full weight of a colonial institution, the national media circuit and government ministers, were no match for the unity and solidarity of the queer and trans communities at Sussex University.’
In a letter to staff issued on Friday, University of Sussex’s Vice Chancellor Adam Tickell said they had ‘vigorously’ defended Professor Kathleen Stock’s right to ‘exercise her academic freedom and lawful freedom of speech, free from bullying and harassment of any kind’
Professor Stock, 48, un esperto di genere e orientamento sessuale, had been branded a ‘transphobe’ by some outraged students who called for her to be fired in wake of her comments on gender.
I poster affissi nel tunnel dalla stazione di Falmer al campus dell'università all'inizio di questo mese dicevano che "rende gli studenti trans insicuri’ e "non paghiamo £ 9.250 all'anno per la transfobia".
Striscioni che dicono "Scorte esaurite"’ era stato anche tenuto insieme a razzi in fiamme e decine di persone la criticavano online sotto l'hashtag Twitter #ShameOnSussexUni.
The University’s Vice Chancellor Adam Tickell had strongly defended her ‘untrammelled’ right to ‘say what she thinks’, whilst more than 200 academics from other universities signed a letter calling out alleged abuse from ‘trans activist bullies’.
But on Friday, Professor Stock announced on Twitter that she was ‘sad to announce’ she is leaving her position, and added that she hoped ‘other institutions can learn from this’.
In a letter to staff, Sussex’s Vice Chancellor Adam Tickell said that the university had ‘vigorously’ defended her right to ‘exercise her academic freedom and lawful freedom of speech, free from bullying and harassment of any kind’.
Ma ha aggiunto: ‘We had hoped that Professor Stock would feel able to return to work, and we would have supported her to do so.
‘She has decided that recent events have meant that this will not be possible, and we respect and understand that decision.
‘We will miss her many contributions, from which the University has benefited during her time here.’