A women’s studies professor incurs anger by comparing transgender people to QAnon’s conspiracy theorists
A professor of gender studies at the University of Rhode Island is facing a fierce backlash for comparing transgender people to supporters of the infamous QAnon conspiracy theory.
In a sharp essay for the feminist website 4WDonna M Hughes wrote that the “belief” that a person could change sex was a “transsexual fantasy.”
She went on to equate followers of QAnon, a bizarre and complex web of lies that states that a global cabal of baby-eating celebrities and ‘Deep State’ politicians secretly rule the world, with people whose gender identities differ from it. sex they were given. at birth.
Hughes argued that just as QAnon had been politicized by the right winger, the other end of the political spectrum used transgender issues to further his political goals and harm children.
“The American political left is increasingly plunging into their own world of lies and fantasy and, unlike the imaginary world of QAnon, real children become actual victims,” she wrote.
Her inflammatory comments were called ‘beyond the pale’ by Annie Russell, the director of the university’s Gender and Sexuality Center.
Donna M Hughes, left, outraged her fellow University of Rhode Island academic Annie Russell, right, for comparing QAnon followers to transgender people
Russell told The Providence Journal that: “Transgender people are people, period,” adding that Hughes’ comments had deeply upset the transgender community.
Russell said the rant had also angered students at the university, which was founded in 1892 and costs an average of more than $ 30,000 a year beyond the state’s tuition fees.
“Not only is it outdated, it has never been part of the gender and women’s studies movement,” Russell told The Providence Journal.
The University of Rhode Island has issued a statement that distances itself from Hughes’ comments.
“The university does not support statements and publications by Professor Donna Hughes that embrace anti-transgender perspectives and recognize that such a discourse can cause pain and discomfort for many transgender people,” he said in a statement released this week.
In a statement, the University of Rhode Island said it “ does not support statements and publications by Professor Donna Hughes that embrace anti-transgender perspectives. ”
‘The university is committed to transgender rights and the need to eradicate all forms of discrimination and violence against transgender people and the LGBTQIA + community.’
In response, Hughes said her right to free speech was being violated.
‘A person cannot change their gender. That’s a fact.’ she said in response to a series of email inquiries from The Providence Journal
“I have a PhD in genetics, so I think I’m qualified to write about the basics of sex.”
Hughes, the Eleanor M. and Oscar M. Carlson Endowed Chair of Gender and Women’s Studies at URI, has a long history of writing on controversial issues such as transgender people and prostitution.
Her lawyer Samantha Harris said, like many in academia, that Hughes had become the target of an online print campaign, simply to express views that “don’t fit with the prevailing orthodoxy on campus.”
The far-right QAnon conspiracy began in 2017 when an anonymous person claiming to have a ‘Q-level’ security clearance began posting on the 8Chan bulletin board.
Among many debunked prophecies, Donald Trump would remain president despite the loss of the 2020 presidential election, that there would be mass arrests and public executions, and that John F. Kennedy Jr. was still alive.
Many of those who stormed the Capitol, raided the Senate floor and recited “ Hang Mike Pence ” on Jan. 6, were devotees of QAnon.
In her essay, Hughes wrote that the radicalization of QAnon supporters was similar to that of the left accepting transgender rights.
She said young people were “led into hormonal and surgical horrors that caused them to de-sex.”
Hughes ‘continued:’ The biological category of sex, especially that of women, is being destroyed. Women and girls are expected to give up their privacy areas, such as restrooms, locker rooms, and even prison cells. ‘
The 4W website describes itself as a ‘fourth wave’ platform for ‘feminists stepping outside of the liberal mainstream’.