When the London-based Institute for Art and Ideas solicited six feminist philosophers for their views on the question, “How can philosophy change the way we understand the transgender experience and identity?” little did they know they were about to commit an act of nonconsensual coplatforming, a newly discovered “form of rape.”
At least, these are the intellectual ideas currently belching out of academic feminism in an internet slapfight that so far has seen an article disappeared from the internet, and three feminists derided as genocidal neo-nazi rapists. Yes.
Holly Lawford-Smith, one of the disgraced feminists, has posted her take on the events on Quillette (Quillette comments are heavily censored; save a local copy if you put any effort into yours).
It all started with the Institute for Art and Ideas’ loosely formatted article with lots of words from feminists about transgenders. It requested contributions from six feminists in total.
“I sent my [contribution] to the editor on July 25, and didn’t think much more about it. The next day, the article was published, featuring contributions from a total of six writers, four of them (including me) being professional philosophers,” Holly writes. “The article was not presented in a for-and-against fashion, but rather appeared simply as a six-part list of brief answers to a common question.”
It didn’t take long for three of the intellectuals to notice that the other three intellectuals had slightly divergent views. “I never would have agreed to write this if I had known the lineup,” fumed Rebecca Kukla. “I retract this piece in its current form and context.”
“I would not have participated in this had I known it was a pro vs. con ‘debate.’ This will be my first and last interaction with @IAI_TV,” bellowed Susan Stryker.
Robin Dembroff, who demands you refer to they with they pronouns, ranted on Facebook: “If I had known they [Bindel, Stock, and Lawford-Smith] were part of the series, I would not have agreed to it, as I do not want to legitimize their appearance as gender scholars when they lack the relevant expertise…I would like to retract my interview.”
The story goes on, but I can’t. Search their names on social media if you would like to watch the trainwreck.