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I don't know how many of you have been following the news on Germaine Greer recently. She was supposed to be giving a lecture and the local students union have been trying to "no platform" her. This is because of her stated views on transgender people.
My own position on this is irritation with the radfems because they are supposed to be championing equality yet when it comes to us, their attitude is decidedly reactionary. Greer and company have decided that as we are not "real women" we cannot ever have experienced what they go through, so they reject us as allies.
Well, yes, there are experiences women go through that we will never have - although, some of it, we will - trans people are highly likely to experience violence, for example. However, Greer has never spent a lifetime in conflict with her body, so two can play the unique experiences game. This, apparently makes us delusional.
That last bit - the cod-psychology from someone who is unqualified to make a medical diagnosis is, perhaps, the most offensive thing she has said. I am many things, but delusional ain't one of them. And, besides, the psychiatric profession does not accept that we are delusional or mentally ill.
But all that aside, I am opposed to "no platforming". Let her speak. I am happy (well, contented) to hear what she has to say. Ideas can only be challenged if they are openly stated. Greer is an old-fshioned reactionary. Let the world see it.
I'm an absolutist when it comes to free speech. I grew up in the sixties and seventies at the height of the cold war, when Soviet Russia and its satellites vigorously suppressed freedom of speech. The ideas didn't go away- they merely went underground; the Samizdat. Whether an idea is to survive or die, it must do so in the open.