PODCAST: Donna Hughes was denounced by her university for questioning gender identity

Donna Hughes is a Professor at the University of Rhode Island (URI) in the Gender and Women’s Studies Department. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence and has long conducted research on human trafficking, particularly the sexual exploitation and trafficking of women and girls. After publishing an article entitled, “Fantasy Worlds on the Political Right and Left: QAnon and Trans-Sex Beliefs” at 4W, the calls for her firing began online. Due to her criticisms of gender identity ideology, the University denounced her with zero conversation. Hughes is a founding member of the recently-launched Academic Freedom Alliance.  She told Inside Higher Ed that her case demonstrates “precisely why the AFA was founded and is so necessary.”

I spoke with her this week about the situation, what has happened to Women’s Studies departments over the past decade, and why we can’t talk about gender identity. You can contact the Gender and Women’s Studies Department at the University of Rhode Island here.

PODCAST: Donna Hughes was denounced by her university for questioning gender identity
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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including The Spectator, UnHerd, Quillette, the CBC, New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her very beautiful dog.