J’accuse! Bristol Feminist Society no-platforms Sarah Ditum for, er… um… We’re not sure exactly…

TWSS Sarah Ditum

Ta daaa! We’ve reached peak no-platforming. Bristol Feminist Society has disinvited feminist writer Sarah Ditum from a panel on Women in Journalism, not on account of anything concrete, but on account of someone somewhere (but we’re not sure who or where or why, so please don’t ask!) accusing her of transphobia. The organization claimed “unforeseen circumstances,” but emails were leaked to Ditum providing evidence that the decision had been made due to this (unfounded) accusation. Behold, the new witch trials.





Hand in your feminist card, Bristol “Feminist” Society. You’ve been accused of hot, woman-hating, garbage.

*Update: Fellow panelist, Sian Norris, has pulled out in protest.

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    “We don’t want to platform someone with transphobic views as much as we don’t
    want to characterise someone as transphobic who is not transphobic.”

    Orwell: O_o

  • Spark658

    I do not understand this whole thing. I’ve never seen a feminist actually be transphobic? What are they talking about?

    • JingFei

      In their wacky world, anyone who says something they don’t agree with, or that hurts their feelings = transphobic bigot. For example, if you were to say; “Penis is a male organ”. They would try to correct you on your “hatespeak that causes trans womens deaths”, that penis is also a “female organ”. If you refuse ( because of pesky things like science, reality, and common sense), congrats. You are a transphobic scumlord murderer,
      It’s absolutely insane. And they make up new “gender terms” everyday to be special snowflakes and then call actual trans women transphobic. Exhibit A:

      Losing an argument? Make up a new oppressed gender identity so you can claim victimhood! Being picked on bt those terrible trans women who know a penis is male.

      • Spark658

        Thanks for the explanation. Agreed about this being insane. I don’t even.

  • lapis

    Previously, feminists women like Julie Bindel have been no-platformed for things they’ve said in the past and wasn’t relevant to what they were going to talk about. This is the logical continuation of that. A good way of shutting up uppity women has been found. Just call all feminists transphobic and no-platform them.

  • Tangelo

    Transwomen, pre-op or not, should not be housed with female prisoners. Transwomen are male. Even after full surgery and hormones they retain the, on average, larger bone structure, height, arm reach and muscle mass that males have. No matter how early they transition, they have had male socialization. Statistically, males are more violent and aggressive than women, and women, on average. less able to defend themselves physically due to smaller physiques and socialization that encourages women to avoid and fear male violence. Women should also retain the right to be free from males when attending to private bodily functions, or sleeping in shelters or prisons.

    Non violent transwomen, gay men, young men and other men vulnerable due to slight physique or inability to fight should also be free from male violence when in prison. The solution to male on male violence is not to put males in female prisons. It is to provide safer separate spaces for ALL non violent and vulnerable males, including non violent transwomen, in male prison and shelter facilities. Rikers island recently implemented just such a space, and good for them.

    Practical, reasonable, common sense. I have no idea why anyone would want to label this strategy, which advocates safety for all vulnerable men, including transwomen, in prison as “transphobic”.

  • Zuzanna Smith

    Calling a male a male is NOT transphobic, pointing out that trans culture erases women’s lived experiences and that it dismisses oppression based on our sex is NOT transphobic, rejecting being called “cis” women because it diminishes our femaleness is NOT transphobic, not wanting to participate in male sex fetishes (when males perform womanface) is NOT transphobic.

  • Tangelo

    We think she is transphobic. Transphobia covers all manner of speech. We defer to men to recognize it and tell us when they see it. A man, maybe more than one, has secretly accused her of this phobia. We fear and obey men, and so will no platform her. We also, on the advice of our lawyers, do not want her to sue us for libel, as she would likely prevail. So we will put out this bafflegab statement to cover our asses, despite the fact it makes us all look like McCarthyites. There, all better.

  • Hannah

    “Maybe radical feminists should claim that transphobia is their sexual fetish?”


  • JingFei

    I find that too. One of my closest friends is a trans gender FtM. Wants nothing to do with any of this nonsense.

  • Sabine

    Couldn’t agree more.

  • oneclickboedicea

    Dont I know it sister x