It is not radical to say that boys have a penis and girls have a vagina, but media like Stuff persist in saying that it is. Apparently you are a “Radical feminist” if you dare to say that a man in a dress is, well… a man in a dress. Even worse, you are not only being radical but you are being exclusionary and transphobic if you want women-only safe spaces to remain spaces for… well… er… actual biological women.

A radical feminist banned from Twitter for violating its hateful conduct policy will panel a ticketed event hosted by Massey University in Wellington.

Being banned by Twitter for having the wrong opinion is a badge of honour these days. Conservative and right-wing views are the most banned by a country mile, but now even bog-standard feminists are finding themselves kicked off Twitter for the crime of standing up for women’s rights.

Meghan Murphy, a Canadian feminist blogger who believes transgender rights “nullifies women’s rights”, has been invited to speak at the campus’ s theatrette in November.

She told Stuff she was pleased the university was protecting the group’s right to free speech and free expression. 

[…] Event organisers said there would be discussions on the silencing of women and censorship of its speakers. It would also explore the impact of sex self-identification laws globally and the wider dismantling of women’s sex-specific rights.

Predictably the people who want to shut down the event are the ones claiming that they are all for diversity and free speech… just not for those they disagree with.

The university’s Students’ Association co-president Tallulah Farrar said “concerning information” about the event had pushed her to lay a complaint. She “worried about the wellbeing and safety of students” if the event went ahead.

“This event is marketed as controversial, and will bring more radical, exclusionary, hateful voices onto our campus who we should not be welcoming. […]

If action is not taken to stop this event from happening, I anticipate strong student resistance.”

Does she even hear herself? “Strong Student resistance” is code for violent protest. Isn’t violent protest hateful? Isn’t preventing people from speaking exclusionary and controversial?

She said Massey was home to a vibrant and diverse cohort of students and was concerned that the university’s support of events like Feminism 2020 would create an unsupportive environment for students and staff.

What a womble. Diversity means that there are students who will want to listen to these speakers who do not share the same opinions as those in the Activist Trans lobby. Why is it that they are not allowed to share in this “vibrant diversity”? Where is the supportive environment for them? Why will they have to tolerate loud and violent protesters trying to stop them from listening to the speakers? What about their rights?

Caitlin Spice, a member of the trans community, said the right thing to do was for Massey to cancel the event, but if it went ahead, she encouraged people to stay away.

Finally some common sense. Caitlin is quite right. If you don’t want to hear the speakers then don’t attend. Don’t be an A-hole and try to stop others from listening to the speakers. As for cancelling the event, I cannot agree with Caitlin on that. I do not believe that Caitlin would want Trans speakers to have their event cancelled because Trans-phobic people threatened to violently disrupt the event, so why should Caitlin think it is okay to let the Heckler’s Veto shut down this event?

“One of the primary tactics of the TERF (trans exclusionary radical feminist) movement is to seek conflict and manufacture drama from it wherever possible.”

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The only people who turn these events into “drama and conflict” are the Trans activists who violently protest, threaten and disrupt them. If they simply ignored the events then there would be no drama or conflict.