After attempts to get this published in the WSJ, the Times, and various other places failed, I've published a response to @AbigailShrier in my own newsletter.
––––"Free Speech Activists Are Trying to Get Me Fired Because They Didn't Like a Joke I Made"
Okay, idiots. You’ve been coming for me with your greatest dweebs, and you have *nothing* on me. I’m heading to enjoy the holidays with my pod of hot, brilliant people; turning Twitter off for a couple of days. But you are not going to shame me. I am not ashamed of who I am. 😛✌️
also it is a small thing but it has been misreported by all the fascists: I work for the University of California, Berkeley. There is no “University of Berkeley,” cretins. I expect a correction with apologies from @women_are_human immediately.
now, i know a lot of you won’t want to hear this. you’re like “understanding basic science is the defining quality of transphobia!” but you’re wrong, chum. it isn’t. understanding basic science is neither more nor less than understanding science that‘s basic. that’s what it means
now, does understanding basic science prohibit one from become transphobic on other grounds? by no means. on the contrary, sometimes these things coexist. but when a transphobic person understands basic science, the two are unconnected
now, what about complex science? also not transphobic—neither in itself, nor understanding it. i know, this is surprising to hear. but it’s time for us to say it. understanding complex science is not transphobic.*
*caveat: I do not understand complex science. maybe it is?
it’s also not Marxist to drink coffee. it’s not Polish to play the snare drum. it’s not merry to flare one’s embers with bellows. it’s not bashful to render lard. it’s not macho to reissue a vintage stamp. it’s not hungry to wear a foxskin cap. it’s not necessary to blow bubbles.
That’s why JK Rowling is persecuted & people are trying to get Rosie Duffield kicked out of the Labour Party. It isn’t about “kindness”. You can be as kind as you like. But unless you agree that science can be erased by magical thinking they will build you a pyre.