Students vow protest over Julie Bindel's 'dangerous views'

Students vow protest over Julie Bindel’s ‘dangerous viewsin trans rights row as author prepares to give talk after first being ‘deplatformedby university

  • Julie Bindel is due to speak at a Feminism and Free Speech event on Wednesday
  • It was previously postponed after the University of York said it was not safe
  • The postponement prompted Ms Bindel to claim she had been ‘deplatformed
  • The rearranged event is due to go ahead with additional security in place
  • Some students have vowed to continue their plans to protest against Ms Bindel
  • Students have vowed to protest against Julie Bindel’s ‘dangerous viewsas she prepares to give a talk after claiming she was ‘deplatformedby the University of York.

    The author and feminist campaigner is due to speak at the York Free Speech society’s Feminism and Free Speech event on Wednesday.

    It was postponed last term due to ‘security concernsafter an outcry from some students at the University of York, prompting Ms Bindel to claim she had been ‘deplatformed’.

    The talk is now expected to go ahead with additional security personnel present after students vowed to protest against Ms Bindel.

    公開書簡で, the students accused the longstanding activist of including ‘transphobic and queerphobic takesin her articles for the Guardian and vowed to hold an ‘informativeprotest where students would be given a ‘platformto make statements and ask questions.

    Author and activist Julie Bindel claimed she had been 'deplatformed' when a previous talk at the University of York was postponed after an outcry from some students

    Author and activist Julie Bindel claimed she had been ‘deplatformedwhen a previous talk at the University of York was postponed after an outcry from some students

    The open letter regarding the ‘protest plan’ 前記: ‘For those of you that haven’t heard, the Free Speech society is running an event on Wednesday the 4th of May, called Feminism and Free Speech: Prostitution, Porn and Political Lesbianism with Julie Bindel.

    ‘Bindel is a radical feminist who writes articles for the Guardian; しかしながら, her articles have often included transphobic and queerphobic takes, as well as spreading damaging views about sex workers.

    Students accuse Julie Bindel of ‘transphobia and queerphobia

    Julie Bindel was due to speak at a free speech event at the University of York in March but the event was postponed at the last minute due to an outcry from students who accused her of using her platform to spread ‘transphobic and queerphobic takes’.

    Some students said the author and feminist campaigner has also been ‘spreading damaging views about sex workersin articles she has written.

    Ms Bindel has previously referred to those supporting the rights of trans people asthe trans-Talibanwhose ‘activists, aided and abetted by their bearded allies’ have poured scorn on lesbians unless they put ‘natal males before women’.

    The protesters argue statements such as these ‘undermine the safety of queer, trans and sex working people’.

    Ms Bindel claims she makes the comments as a ‘feminism and lesbianismcampaigner and said she had been ‘deplatformedas a result of the protest which postponed her previous talk at the University of York.

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    ‘We have contacted Bindel and the society regarding our concerns about her speaking at the university but were met with a brick wall.

    ‘We want to ensure the safety of all students, while also supporting everyone’s right to protest, したがって、, we want to make our protest informative rather than what could be portrayed as aggressive, and will provide a platform for students to make statements and ask questions if they wish.

    The event was originally due to take place in March but it was cancelled at the last minute as the university said it could not guarantee it would go ahead safely.

    After the cancellation, Ms Bindel tweeted: ‘I was due to talk about feminism and lesbian identity at the University of York today but have been deplatformed as a result of the LGBTQ+ lot. 彼女のLinkedInプロフィールによると、彼女は現在、ブリストルにある2つのマリオットホテルのマルチプロパティセールスマネージャーです。. I will not be taking this without protest.

    A spokesman for the University of York said it was not about ‘no-platforming’, 追加する: ‘All the appropriate practical steps to make an event safe had not been put in place for the event to go ahead at this time – such as stewarding, suitable ticketing, event chairing and any necessary security.

    Euan Clayton, president of the York Free Speech Society, said Ms Bindel ‘made statements deemed divisive and provocative in the pastbut said ‘being offensive is not a crime’.

    Ahead of the rearranged event, the society said extra security would be in place.

    Patrick O’Donnell, the president of the University of York Student Union (YUSU) 言った York Vision: ‘YUSU has been working closely with the Free Speech Society and the University of York to ensure that the Society’s event with Julie Bindel can go ahead safely.

    ‘We continue to balance our commitment to student wellbeing and our duty of care to all members of the University of York community, alongside our duty to uphold freedom of speech within the law.

    ‘We are listening to members that have concerns about the event and we will continue to support those that wish to protest peacefully to do so.

    A spokesman for the University of York said the previous postponement was not about 'no-platforming' but said the appropriate security measures were not in place

    A spokesman for the University of York said the previous postponement was not about ‘no-platformingbut said the appropriate security measures were not in place

    しかしながら, the University of York’s LGBTQ+ officers Ziggy Pavey and Katie Wiseman said they were ‘really disappointedthat the university had decided to go ahead with the event ‘after all the concerns we raised’.

    Women and non-binary officer Izzy Andrews said the majority of York students would ‘not welcomeMs Bindel.

    In their open letter, the protesting students added: ‘When this event first came out we went to the university with our concerns to have it banned and it was postponed.

    「残念ながら, the event has been allowed to go ahead. We cannot change this as we have no control over the decision as YUSU and the university are two separate entities, but we want to make it clear this speaker’s hateful and degrading comments should have no place on our campus and if we could stop this event we would.

    ‘It is damaging and hurtful to allow hate speech on our campus and it undermines the safety of queer, trans and sex working people.