Critics

For some replies to these, please see the public philosophy page.

NB The label 'anti-trans', as used in many of the pieces below, is thoroughly misleading, and designed to make a complicated issue look like simply bigotry (it is neither). Equally, I completely reject any claim that either I, or my work, are transphobic.

Why has transphobia gone mainstream in philosophy? Contingent. October 1st, 2019.

TERFS: The rise of anti-trans “radical” feminists, explained. Katelyn Burns, Vox, September 5th, 2019.

Retraction Statement by Robin Dembroff, Rebecca Kukla and Susan Stryker. IAI.TV, August 26th, 2019. (For reply by Holly Lawford-Smith, see here).

On Philosophical Scholarship of Gender: A Response to 12 Leading Scholars. Various signatories. American Philosophical Association Blog. 7th August 2019.

Recognizing Gender Critical Feminism as Anti Trans Activism. Anonymous. Daily Nous 7th August, 2019.

Academic Freedom, Scholarly Responsibility, and The New Gender Wars. Shannon Dea. University Affairs. 2nd August, 2019.

Taking Trans Lives Seriously. Mark Lance. Inside Higher Ed. 30th July, 2019.

Dear Philosophers, You Can Trust the Feminist Consensus: Gender-Critical Radical Feminism is Bogus. Luke Roelofs. Majestic Equality Blog. 25th July, 2019.

On No-Platforming. Eric Schliesser, Digressions and Impressions. 10th June, 2019.

Trans women and philosophy: learning from recent events. Justin Weinberg, Daily Nous. 5th June, 2019.

Response to Kathleen Stock's tweeted query as to why I did not include her recent article in the Daily Nous Heap of Links. Justin Weinberg. 22 April. 2019.

Critique of Pure Niceness | Tom Whyman, The Baffler.

Why trans-inclusive language is no threat to cis women - Ray Briggs & B R George | Aeon.

Opinion | Who Counts as a Woman? Carol Hay, New York Times. April 1st, 2019.

Are some feminists asking the wrong question about who count as a 'lesbian'? Alex Sharpe, Diva Magazine. 22nd January, 2019.

"I'm not transphobic, but...": A feminist case against the feminist case against trans inclusivity. Lorna Finlayson, Katharine Jenkins, Rosie Worsdale. Verso Books. 17th October, 2018.


Women in Philosophy: Table Talk, or On the Possibility of Real, Open Conversation. Asia Ferrin, American Philosophical Association Blog. 12th September, 2018.

Lesbians Going Their Own Way? A Critical View of the London Pride Hi-Jacking. Jules Joanna Gleeson, New Socialist. 19th July, 2019.

Cis Fears and Transphobia: How Not to Debate Gender. Aaron Jaffe, Verso Books. 7th June 2018.

"When Tables Speak": On the Existence of Trans Philosophy.   Talia Mae Bettcher, Daily Nous, May 30th 2018.

Why Trans Philosophers are Angry at Stock. Leona Mollica, Medium. 26 May, 2018.