A Conversation with Holly Lawford-Smith

by Moti Gorin ____ Moti Gorin (Colorado State) talks with Holly Lawford-Smith (University of Melbourne) about her new book, "Gender Critical Feminism" (Oxford University Press). Please pardon us for some choppiness in Moti's audio/video. https://youtu.be/CQSWrYO_DlU 0:00-25:06 Background and Opposition 25:06-35:00 Overview of Gender Critical Feminism 35:00-50:00 Gender Critical vs “Mainstream”/“Liberal” Feminism 50:00-58:55 Engaging with “the... Continue Reading →

The Summit and the Battle

by Kevin Currie-Knight ____ I won’t shock you when I point out how nasty and unproductive social media arguments often are. I’ve also come to find them repetitive and predictable, which is why I recently wrote about my decision to pare down my already thin presence on social media. Here, I want to think a... Continue Reading →

Terfs, Transwomen and Trekkies

by Miroslav Imbrišević ____ Recently I read a definition of ‘Terf’: they are “cis women who deny the womanhood of transwomen.” [https://www.zeit.de/zett/queeres-leben/2022-04/phenix-kuehnert-weiblichkeit-trans-frau]. That made me think about the question of group membership. How do you acquire it? Strangely, it is never through self-ID. Traditionally there are two routes: [1] via the current members; or [2]... Continue Reading →

‘Identify’

by Daniel A. Kaufman ___ Until about five minutes ago, if you’d asked me what some customary uses of ‘identify’ are, I would have given three: [A] Where one expresses sympathy for and solidarity with a group to which one does not belong, as in, “I identify with the plight of Afghan women, in the... Continue Reading →

Helen Joyce on her NEW book: Trans — When Ideology Meets Reality

by Daniel A. Kaufman _____ I talk with Helen Joyce, British editor of The Economist, about her new book: Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality (Simon & Schuster). https://youtu.be/YW9aPRyKnZk 5:00 The overall aim of Helen's new book. 11:20 The history and evolution of our conception of being transgender. 27:30 The current conception of being transgender, and... Continue Reading →

Sources of Human Diversity

by Kevin Currie-Knight ___ People differ in all sorts of ways. Most of our differences generally go unnoticed when we interact. For example, with regard to a store clerk yesterday, I didn’t notice what her eye color or dominant hand is. But other differences, as the saying goes, make a difference. Historically and into the... Continue Reading →

Material Girls: A Conversation with Kathleen Stock

by Daniel A. Kaufman ____ Kathleen Stock (Sussex) and I discuss Kathleen's new book, "Material Girls: Why Reality Matters for Feminism." Among other things, we talk the implications of switching our focus from Sex to Gender Identity, why Sex remains essential, and the impact of gender identity politics on the gay and lesbian community. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2YZwK6TOaw&ab_channel=ElectricAgora... Continue Reading →

The Power of words

by Miroslav Imbrišević ____ In the Old Testament, we read: “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” God could make things happen by saying the appropriate words. We also read in the Bible: “In the beginning was the Word.” The idea that words have power is still with us. Take superstition:... Continue Reading →

The California Dragon

by Bev Jackson ___ The word 'sex' is having a bit of a moment. Not in the bedroom sense, but in its sense of biological sex, male or female. When J.K. Rowling tweeted “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased,” she ignited... Continue Reading →

On Sex and Gender Identity: Perspectives from Biology, Neuroscience and Philosophy

by Laeti Harris, Louise Moody, and Pam Thompson ____ Introduction This essay will explore the material qualities and political significance of the sexed human body, which has evolved in the service of sexual reproduction, although is not limited to that purpose. Our exploration is motivated by the relatively recent emergence in western cultures of campaigns... Continue Reading →

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