Kathleen Stock, a lesbian feminist, resigned her post as philosophy “professor” at Sussex University two weeks ago. Her leading article in the new edition of The Spectator ends with this:
I am on the left — or at least, a version of the left that doesn’t involve trying to get employees sacked by bosses, which may or may not be the left as we now know it. One frequent preoccupation of fellow left-wingers is the potential for guilt by association with those on the right. When feminists like Julie Bindel and I share a platform with a Tory, or write something for The Spectator, isn’t that just grist to the mill of our enemies? And, over time, won’t this heinous practice increase the likelihood of our own politics becoming less feminist? My usual response is to point out that an ideology with ambitions to erase fundamental categories like ‘woman’ and ‘man’ will annoy nearly everyone, right-wingers included (usually adding that if the Guardian ever want me, they know where to find me).
But these days I feel more bullish. As far as I can see, rather than feminists like Julie Bindel becoming more right-wing by appearing in The Spectator, Spectator readers are becoming more feminist by reading articles by Julie Bindel. And that’s fine by me. [J4MB: And fine by Fraser Nelson, the editor, clearly. Nelson has still not replied to my open letter asking why the paper publishes lies about domestic violence by Bindel and others, but refuses to publish the truth as reported by researchers over decades, in a paid advert.]
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