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Academics closing down trans debate, claims Stuart Waiton The Times 27.11.18 | Peak Trans
The original article is here. A sociologist pilloried for describing transgender equality as "biologically impossible" has accused fellow academics of stifling debate and forcing dissenting views into the shadows. Stuart Waiton, a sociology and criminology lecturer, said a new publication called the Journal of Controversial Ideas, which allows academics to publish anonymously, is evidence of a "growing intolerance" of radical views in mainstream institutions and journals. The Abertay University academic provoked anger when he described the transgender equality movement as "strange . . . because it appears to ask for something that is biologically impossible". He questioned state support for transgender equality, such as gender-neutral lavatories and school uniforms, and attacked "the potentially authoritarian and censorious dynamic" of equality campaigners. In a subsequent article in the Herald, Dr Waiton said he could sympathise with the aims of the anonymised journal after the