Melbourne University lecturer claims her employer is trying to boot her out with new ‘Inclusion Action Plan’ because of her controversial views on trans issues
- Lecturer Holly Lawford-Smith says she could lose her job
- Feminist academic claims she is being targeted due to her trans views
- She has faced a campaign from trans activist students
An associate professor claims student activists and the university she works for are actively trying to kick her out due to her views on transgender issues.
Gender-critical feminist philosopher Holly Lawford-Smith, who teaches a feminism class at Melbourne University, says a new LGBTQIA+ Inclusion Action Plan is being rolled out in an attempt get rid of her and her unit.
The plan allows students to lodge complaints about courses they don’t like or agree with.
Ms Lawford-Smith has been concerned about the erosion of the sex-based rights of biological women.
It’s led to her being the target of vandalism over the past three months.
Associate professor and gender-critical feminist Holly Lawford-Smith (pictured) says a new LGBTQIA+ Inclusion Action Plan threatens the future of her unit
‘My question is whether they are introducing it in order to have formal processes to get rid of my course or me,’ she told The Australian.
‘Does that just mean they want students to feel more like they can complain about something they don’t like…or does it mean they want a more formal pathway for sanctions? So they’re getting their ducks in a row,’ Ms Lawford-Smith said.
The feminist lecturer has considered scrapping her unit completely at the university due to the intense pressure and putting her work online.
‘I might decide to give up teaching it, make it a public education project and just find something else to teach that’s slightly less controversial,’ she said.
Ms Lawford-Smith explained that she didn’t want to lose her teaching job over the unit and wanted her employer to be ‘honest about what they’re doing’.
The gender-critical academic has not shied away from expressing her views when it comes to sex-based rights and ‘protecting’ biological women in women-only spaces.
She set up a website in 2021 to encourage women to share times they were negatively affected by having trans men in a women’s only space.
She has expressed opposition to Victoria’s statutory self-identification for change of legal sex as it would allow trans women to access women’s space.
Her most controversial move came when she attended the Let Women Speak rally in Melbourne back in March.
Ms Lawford-Smith attended and spoke at the Let Women Speak rally in Melbourne, which was hosted by British anti-trans activist Kellie-Jay Keen (pictured right)
The feminist lecturer has been the target of a campaign led by students activists for more than three months. It’s involved acts of vandalism and posters being put up that slam her as a ‘transphobe’, ‘bigot’, ‘neo-nazi’ and ‘fascist’
The rally, where Ms Lawford-Smith also delivered a speech, was hosted by British anti-trans activist Kellie-Jay Keen, who’s been labelled a ‘transphobe’ by her critics.
The campaign against her began after she attended the rally, which has involved acts of vandalism like damaging property, spraying graffiti and smashing windows.
Trans activists have put up posters and stickers around Melbourne University that call Ms Lawford-Smith a ‘transphobe’, ‘bigot’, ‘neo-nazi’, ‘fascist’ and more.
Ms Lawford-Smith has a security guard who escorts her to her classes for safety.
Activists have also pressured her students not to attend her classes.
Melbourne University says on it’s website the ‘LGBTIQA+ Inclusion Action Plan represents a coordinated ‘whole-of-University’ approach to structural, systemic, and cultural change that reflects and responds to LGBTIQA+ lived experiences and community expectations.’