A professor of women’s studies is the subject of a big campus upset after she penned an essay comparing the ideology of the transgender movement to the QAnon conspiracy theory and identified the former as even more extreme than the latter.
As you can imagine, this assertion ruffled quite a few feathers.
Disrn reports that Professor Donna Hughes of the University of Rhode Island published the offending essay, “Fantasy Worlds on the Political Right and Left: QAnon and Trans-Sex Beliefs” on the feminist website 4W in February.
“The American political left is increasingly diving headfirst into their own world of lies and fantasy and, unlike in the imaginary world of QAnon, real children are becoming actual victims,” she wrote in the piece.
“The trans-sex fantasy, the belief that a person can change his or her sex, either from male to female or from female to male, is spreading largely unquestioned among the political left,” she argued.
In response, the university released a statement condemning the “anti-transgender” essay which it claimed employed language capable of causing “pain and discomfort for many transgender individuals.”
A statement condemning Hughes’ views was also signed by fourteen of her outraged colleagues.
Ironically, the essay had also criticized contemporary cancel culture.
You may have thought that a professor of women’s studies would be fully on board with the radical gender ideology so often promoted on today’s college campuses, but Hughes would hardly be the first feminist to speak out against trans ideology which they feel is disenfranchising biological women.
Hughes, understandably, says she is wary of the hysterical state of campus culture which she described as “institutional capture” that is suppressing free speech and the free exchange of ideas in the academic realm.
“It is a corrupt process of becoming large donors to institutions, usually with a lot of money, come to dictate thinking,” she said.
This month, a host of celebrities and activists signed a letter condemning so-called Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists (TERFs) who are largely scorned by mainline progressives.
— GLAAD (@glaad) March 31, 2021
“True feminists do not wish to limit any woman’s identity or freedom to fully be herself,” the letter read. “Allowing transphobic rhetoric to go unchecked also strengthens the legislative efforts of anti-trans politicians — who now cloak their bigotry in language about protecting or supporting women.”
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