A gender studies professor argued that women who believe men cannot become women are similar to the Ku Klux Klan. University of Arizona professor Susan Stryker likened feminists who object to the idea that males can become women on the basis of self-declared “gender identity” to white supremacists. Stryker continued that while no bounds should exist on academic inquiry, “It’s more akin to white supremacists wanting to propagandize other whites about foreigners, where the position of foreigners in the conversation has been deemed illegitimate in advance.”
Natasha Chart, board chair of Women’s Liberation Front, a radical feminist organization, said in an email that no one truly does not know what a woman is. “When women couldn’t vote, play sports, attend college, or take out credit except with the permission of their father or husband, everyone knew what a woman was, and no men publicly threatened suicide if they couldn’t suffer the same restrictions. When women could be arrested for indecency for wearing pants in public, everyone knew what a woman was. When there were no women’s restrooms or changing rooms, everyone knew what women and men were,” Chart explained. “Now there’s confusion?”
She added that “if Stryker thinks women are oppressing men by insisting that basic settled rights are unfair to men, it’s not a feminist argument,” but name-calling. Conflict over gender within academia, particularly within the field of philosophy, has been brewing in the last several years as society grapples with a seemingly ever-increasing number of gender identities, such as pansexual, nonbinary, and agender, proliferating on college campuses and more broadly in culture.
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