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Feminist Review

, Volume 113, Issue 1, pp 85–92 | Cite as

making feminist sense of no-platforming

  • Theresa O’Keefe
Open Space

On 18 November 2015, feminist stalwart Germaine Greer delivered the prestigious Hadyn Ellis Distinguished Lecture to Cardiff University. Although the lecture itself passed with little incident, the invitation sparked a bitter debate over the right to protest speakers invited to university campuses.

Cardiff students were unhappy with the invitation because of Greer’s trans-exclusionary feminist1 views and subsequently organised a petition calling for the lecture’s cancellation. ‘Universities should prioritise the voices of the most vulnerable on their campuses, not invite speakers who seek to further marginalise them’, the petition argued. ‘Allowing Greer a platform endorses her views, and by extension, the transmisogyny which she continues to perpetuate’.2 The university ignored the petition despite the collection of over 3,000 signatures. Greer initially withdrew from the event in anticipation of student pickets but eventually reconsidered, and the event went ahead as planned.

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Acknowledgements

This article benefited from conversations with Aidan Rowe, Aline Courtois and Gavan Titley.

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