This is pretty sad for those of us who remember when universities weren’t a joke. The Oxford Union debating room is a historic venue for the open exchange of ideas. That couldn’t be allowed Tuesday, though, when “gender-critical academic” Kathleen Stock was invited to speak. The BBC reports that Stock doesn’t believe her words can be classified as hate speech: “It’s not hate speech to say that males cannot be women,” she replied.
Forget about Stock, though, because all eyes need to be on Riz, a transgender activist who glued their hand to the floor wearing a “No More Dead Trans Kids” T-shirt.
This evening I glued my hand to the floor of the Oxford Union debating chamber, wearing a t-shirt which said “NO MORE DEAD TRANS KIDS”, in front of Kathleen Stock during her talk at the Union. Here’s why I felt I had to take this action: pic.twitter.com/m4AC9AF8I9
— riz (they/them) (@rizpossnett) May 30, 2023
Yeah, there’s a thread explaining why they “had” to do this, but since they’re not glued to our floor, we’re skipping it.
You look ridiculous.
— Julie Gunlock (@JGunlock) May 30, 2023
You had me at “glued my hand to the floor”. That’s all I need to know about you.
— Ken Swift (@kenswift) May 30, 2023
— inF Xperia – Overall Lead (@XperiaFPS) May 30, 2023
You make vague, factional arguments that do not address what Stock says or why you think it's bad.
— Pavlos Papageorgiou (@PavlosProkopeas) May 30, 2023
You took this action because you're a performative narcissist who hates the idea of anyone having a different view than your own.
— Tony H (@The_Morningstar) May 30, 2023
What a pitiful person you are.
— MikeOfTheSouthWest (@MikeOfTheSouthW) May 30, 2023
One day you feel profoundly embarrassed by this.
— Jo Bartosch (@jo_bartosch) May 30, 2023
Hopefully this is a joke; but if not, good luck with your glue problem.
— Tom’s Tidbits (@TomsTidbits) May 30, 2023
I have secondhand embarrassment. Your firsthand embarrassment will appear in about 5 to 10 years time
— Dr. Jen Izaakson (@DrJenIzaakson) May 30, 2023
There's no such thing as a "trans kid".
Is there anything you won't do for attention?
— Billy Bragg (@Serena_Partrick) May 30, 2023
So brave 🙄
— Skeptical Look 🧐 (@skeptical_look) May 30, 2023
The fact your Twitter bio has ‘activist’ listed first and ‘student’ listed second is no coincidence.
A true student must be curious, willing to engage in critical thinking and have constructive debate with those you disagree with, in pursuit of truth.
You are no student.
— James Esses (@JamesEsses) May 30, 2023
You look like a spoiled, brainwashed child sitting between two mature adults who wish to have a civil discussion. You'll look back on this one day when you've grown up and you'll feel embarrassed. Though, frankly, you should be embarrassed now.
— Watson (@ImWatson91) May 30, 2023
Trans ideology – the opiate of the white bourgeoisie.
If you really cared about "transchildren" you would be demanding more academic debate and scientific research and not demanding the silencing of important evidence.
— Read some Piaget please! (@prof_curiosity1) May 30, 2023
Or, just leave them there, forever.
Climate Crisis protestors glue themselves to VW floor and it goes to CRAP… literallyhttps://t.co/cCTYSYFf2r
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) October 20, 2022