UK professor Kathleen Stock quits university post amid transphobic comments
A British scholar at the center of a row over transgender rights and freedom of expression has quit her teaching post at the university after being accused of transphobia.
Philosophy professor Kathleen Stock’s belief that people can change their gender but not their biological sex sparked a backlash and called for his dismissal.
It is the latest in a series of similar rows on UK university campuses.
Government ministers, some of whom have supported the academic, are pushing through legislation that will oblige English universities to protect freedom of expression.
Stock said on Thursday that she had decided to step down from her managerial post at the University of Sussex after “a few very difficult years” and despite the “admirable and decent” approach to the issue by her leaders.
“I hope that other institutions in similar situations can learn from this,” she said on Twitter after the university announced her departure.
In her statement, Sussex said she had “vigorously and unequivocally defended her right to exercise her academic freedom and legal freedom of expression, free from intimidation and harassment of any kind. “.
“We had hoped that Professor Stock would feel able to return to work, and we would have supported her,” he added.
“She decided that recent events meant that would not be possible, and we respect and understand that decision.”
The feminist professor had previously complained that she was unable to attend a debate due to fears for her safety on campus.
One group that had campaigned for the sacking of Stock described itself on Instagram as “an anonymous, unaffiliated group of queer, trans and non-binary students who will not allow our community to be slandered and harmed.”
Stock’s decision to step down came as more than 16,000 people signed an open letter urging the BBC to apologize for an article posted online this week on trans women and lesbians.
He cited lesbians who said they felt “pressured into having sex by some trans women.”
The open letter described the article as “incredibly dangerous” and based on a “deeply flawed study”.
In response, the BBC said it must “ensure the debate and ensure that a wide range of voices are heard”.
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