A social media storm broke out after a feminist conference in Oxford on 29 February asked Oxford University historian Selina Todd to hand over her two-minute opening address to a colleague, following threats by some speakers to boycott the event.
Todd is associated with Women’s Place UK, which was set up to oppose progressive reform of laws on transgender rights.
In a strange twist, WPUK types demanded the AWL immediately denounce the "disinvite". But none of us even knew about the event, let alone had involvement in it!
And our position on such things is clear: we support trans rights, but oppose "disinvites", boycotts, etc. on this issue because we favour dialogue.
But the radical feminist Twitter mob defending Todd made dialogue impossible. It is not normal communication to demand instant and pointless clarifications. Or to falsely accuse one feminist group at the event (Feminist Fightback) of being responsible for the disinvite.
Or to denounce those who wanted to stand up for trans rights (whatever the problems of method in doing so) in vile misogynistic and transphobic terms.