For the Free Speech Unions first Speakeasy webinar (presented on the 22nd of July) we sat down with Kathleen Stock author and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sussex. Kathleen has been aggressively targeted by the outrage mob for her insistence that the relationship between sex and gender can never be “beyond debate”. She has become a figurehead for the pushback against the censorious approach of organisations like "Stonewall", in which everyday language and ordinary people’s understanding of what men and women are have been declared offensive, bigoted or discriminatory.
Kathleen draws on the analysis set out in her new book, Material Girls: Why Reality Matters for Feminism, to take us through the reasons why this issue has become so controversial, not just amongst activists and intellectuals but across our institutions and our political and cultural life, leading to the extraordinary denunciation of JK Rowling and others. Throughout, Kathleen has exemplified the spirit of good faith debate and has actively defended the free speech of others. Last year she was awarded an OBE in recognition of her contribution to higher education.
In this audio version of the webinar Kathleen speaks with Free Speech Union member Daphna Whitmore (Speak Up For Women) www.fsu.nz www.Savefreespeech.co.nzSupport the show (https://www.freespeechcoalition.nz/donate)