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I've just learned that the editorial group of the journal that published one of the few (or only) peer reviewed feminist critiques of the 'Equality Act' (by Cali Burt) is facing organized opposition.

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1557085120918667

If you wish to show support to the journal for publishing the article, you can email them here. I'm told it can't hurt and may well help. (I'm not an academic, and I don't know how this works).

Journal email address here: <femcrim@ascdwc.com>

I've just learned that the editorial group of the journal that published one of the few (or only) peer reviewed feminist critiques of the 'Equality Act' (by Cali Burt) is facing organized opposition. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1557085120918667 If you wish to show support to the journal for publishing the article, you can email them here. I'm told it can't hurt and may well help. (I'm not an academic, and I don't know how this works). Journal email address here: femcrim@ascdwc.com

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[–] llkit 10 points (+10|-0)

Need more info about the organised opposition.

Journal will respond better to a counter argument to the complaints.

Academia is all about snarky letter writing from what I can see.

Also there's that letter going round in support of Kathleen Stock. Might be a network to raise this in? But need the info on the complaint first!

[–] Sanders_ [OP] 3 points (+3|-0)

I don't have that info, sorry. BUT the point isn't the organized opposition, which organized or unorganized they have every right to express their concerns, but we can also express our appreciation to counteract the pressure the journal is under for publishing the article. It may not help to say 'thank you for publishing this article" or for 'giving fair hearing to female concerns about the Equality Act" BUT IT MAY HELP! And, it can't hurt!

[–] Les 1 points (+3|-2)

So there's organized opposition, but you don't have any information on it? How do you know about the organized opposition then? We'd like to know so that we can pre-empt any counterarguments in any emails of support we send. How did you find out about the opposition to the critique you linked?

[–] Sanders_ [OP] 2 points (+2|-0)

Via email group. They've been chatting about it on twitter. If I knew, I'd share but I don't and irrelevant. If someone can email a journal to say 'your content is transphobic' -- with 20 signers, then why do you need info to write in support to say "I appreciate the content".

If you don't appreciate the article and/or their willingness to email, don't write it. The purpose of the letter isn't to counteract the opposition by engaging with their (probably inane) arguments but to just express appreciation for willingness to publish.

Again, if don't appreciate, don't write. If do, maybe consider. If they are getting loads of negative responses, surely positive responses would help. I'M NOT A PRIVATE DETECTIVE. I appreciated the article, so I wrote a super quick email. Easy.

[–] llkit -2 points (+0|-2)

Without the details of what I'm supporting them against, it's an empty gesture and will be read that way by them.

No info/links on the pressure to take the article down means I can't message as I don't have the info needed.

[–] Sanders_ [OP] 2 points (+2|-0)

You would be supporting a journal willing to publish GC feminist scholarship. Do it or don't do it. Hardly an empty gesture to say: thank you for your willingness to publish this work.

Calli's published a response, so perhaps this helps you understand the opposition: https://callieburt.org/2021/01/13/reply-to-dwc-listserv-complaints/

[–] Lilypad9999 9 points (+9|-0)

Thank you so much for letting me know, I had absolutely no idea about this, and I think your suggestion is vital and so so important. If there's one thing I learned by listening to the public comments of the Richmond, Virginia City Council meeting this week where they voted to authorize biological men into women's shelters (with 50k-100k fines for all not in compliance), it's that trans rights activists are LOUD and NUMEROUS. They ALWAYS SHOW UP. We do not. We must voice our support when we see these organizations speaking out! I will email them.

Who else is with us?

By the way, I encourage you to cross post this in Activism, it will get a good amount of support there.

[–] Sanders_ [OP] 2 points (+2|-0)

Thanks, I'm new here, so I have no idea what I am doing. I could never figure out reddit, and then with banning of gender critical, never needed to do so.

[–] hesco 3 points (+3|-0) Edited

I have not yet taken the time to read her 47 page paper on the subject, but I have heard Dr. Burt speak and appreciated what she brought to the conversation about the Equality Act.

This post includes a link to a pdf of her paper on this side of the sagepub paywall: https://ovarit.com/o/GenderCritical/7138/scrutinizing-the-u-s-equality-act-2019-a-feminist-examination-of-definitional-ch

And as mentioned elsewhere in this thread, this is the supplemental material the author put together supporting the article published by Feminist Criminology: https://callieburt.org/research-projects/oscl/scrueqact-online-supplement/

This is the letter I just sent to the editorial board of Feminist Criminology. I urge that everyone concerned take a moment to compose in your own voice, a letter to support this publication for having done their job.

Thank you!


Subject: Thank you, pls. stand strong for Academic Freedom

Dear Members of the editorial board:

I have heard that your editorial board has been getting flack for publishing Dr. Callie Burt's article: "Scrutinizing the Equality Act". I write to thank the Division on Women and Crime of the American Society of Criminology for standing up to the bullying tactics which seek to shut down any critical examination of the demands being made by trans ideology for changes in our culture and public policy. Self-appointed advocates parrot the talking points of a well-funded lobby (fn1), demanding that we believe that our role is to 'be nice' and follow their lead without question. Doing so, though, betrays our responsibilities for democratic engagement. It also betrays the women and children whose rights and bodies, respectively, are being sacrificed to advance what Shiela Jeffreys has called a "men's sexual rights movement" (fn2).

Academic freedom and our work of knowledge production requires of us that everything be up for examination. The remedy to bad speech is more speech and an opportunity for dissenting voices to be heard. I urge that every one who demands that Dr. Burt's voice be silenced, be invited to write their own piece to deconstruct her arguments.

Of course the advocates for trans ideology are not interested (fn3) in a debate on these important cultural and public policy questions; because their position withers in the light of day. Bullying, silencing and deplatforming the women who challenge them publicly, and the publications which give those women voice, is the only hope they have to prevail.

Thank you for taking a stand that women be heard in defense of their own rights. We as men have been getting away with speaking for women for far too long.

Sincerely, -- Hugh Esco

  1. About that well funded lobby: https://medium.com/@sue.donym1984/inauthentic-selves-the-modern-lgbtq-movement-is-run-by-philanthropic-astroturf-and-based-on-junk-d08eb6aa1a4b

  2. About the Men's Sexual Rights Movement http://drradfem.org/enforcing-mens-sexual-rights-in-international-human-rights-law/

  3. About the anti-democratic strategy of the lobby for trans-ideology: https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2019/12/the-document-that-reveals-the-remarkable-tactics-of-trans-lobbyists/