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Blog: The Aunt Lydias of academia | Peak Trans
Anyone who gets embroiled in squabbles with trans rights activists (TRAs) will be familiar with certain canards that crop up time and again. Like a child's set of plastic skittles, it doesn't take much to topple them but, wearisomely, there is always someone willing to put them back up to be knocked down yet again. In a recent article on the BuzzFeed News site, LGBT Editor Patrick Strudwick could have scoured TRA Twitter and come up with the exact same input from common or garden Twitter numbskulls as that provided by the five sociologists he calls – and this is the only touch of humour in the article "leading feminist thinkers": Akwugo Emejulu, Sally Hines, Tracey Jensen, Alison Phipps and Vanita Sundaram. If you've only been a feminist for a few decades, you'll be forgiven for never having heard of them. I suspect that no academic worthy of the name would bother responding to the article. Why would they when the Professors' "arguments" – for want of a better word – could be refuted