1. Transgendering children
2. Academic freedom
- Full paper:
The Tavistock’s experiment with puberty blockers (29 July 2019)
Britain’s experiment with puberty blockers,
Inventing Transgender Children and Young People,
ed. Michele Moore and Heather Brunskell-Evans, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2019, ch. 2
- Initial blogpost:
The Tavistock’s experimentation with puberty blockers: scrutinizing the evidence, Transgender Trend, March 2019
- Follow-up blogpost:
The Tavistock’s experimentation with puberty blockers: an update, Transgender Trend, July 2019
- Response to HRA investigation:
The astonishing admission in the Health Research Authority report: the purpose of puberty blockers is to commit children to permanent physical transition, Transgender Trend, October 2019
- Response to judicial review:
The Tavistock’s experimentation with puberty blockers: the judicial review, Transgender Trend, December 2020
- Critique of preprint analyzing outcomes:
The Tavistock’s experimentation with puberty blockers: the belated results, Transgender Trend, December 2020
- Critique of article analyzing outcomes:
More questions than answers about the outcomes of puberty suppression, PLOS One, February 2021
- Investigation of bone density:
Revisiting the effect of GnRH analogue treatment on bone mineral density in young adolescents with gender dysphoria,
Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2021; DOI 10.1515/jpem-2021-0180
- Critique of the Tavistock’s research:
A letter to the editor regarding the original article by Costa et al: Psychological support, puberty suppression, and psychosocial functioning in adolescents with gender dysphoria,
Journal of Sexual Medicine, vol. 16, no. 2, 2019, p. 2043; DOI 10.1016/j.jsxm.2019.09.002
- Comparison with Dutch findings:
Gender dysphoria and psychological functioning in adolescents treated with GnRHa: Comparing Dutch and English prospective studies,
Archives of Sexual Behavior, vol. 49, no. 7, 2020, pp. 2231-2236; DOI 10.1007/s10508-020-01764-1
Media coverage of my research:
- Daily Telegraph, 8 March 2019
- BBC News, 22 July 2019
- BBC Newsnight, 22 July 2019
- British Medical Journal, 20 September 2019
- Sveriges Television, The Trans Train: Part 2, 9 October 2019
- Times, 22 February 2020
- Lime Soda Films, Dysphoric, 29 January 2021
- Economist, 15 May 2021
4. LGBT movement
Gender Studies and sexualised threats, Sex Matters, 26 July 2021
'"Watch me take a knife to your throat": The erosion of academic freedom at LSE has culminated in threats of physical violence',
The Critic, 8 August 2021
Oxford's submission to Stonewall, Sex Matters, 6 June 2021
Free speech at Oxford: do women have the right to defend their sex?, Oxford Magazine, Hilary Term 2020
Academics and others at British universities targeted for questioning transgender orthodoxy, Sex Matters; updated June 2021
Free speech on campus: a response to Liberty’s Corey Stoughton, Oxford Magazine, Hilary Term 2019
How queer theory became university policy, Uncommon Ground, November 2018
Free speech at Oxford: do women have the right to meet to discuss legislation?, April 2018
Here are my answers (with links) to questions posed by the
Oxford Student newspaper in October 2018:
1. What is your stance on transphobia?
Transphobia proper is fear of or hostility towards people whose gender expression defies social norms.
This sentiment motivates actions ranging from
and sexual assault to—at the most horrific extreme—murder.
I was living in America when
Brandon Teena was cruelly killed with the connivance of the police, and this had a lasting impact on me.
Transphobia might also encompass the bullying of transsexuals by fanatical activists:
Miranda Yardley permanently banned from Twitter
Debbie Hayton at work.
It is not transphobic to discuss the merits of legislation or to debate theories about sex and gender.
Dictionary definitions such as ‘woman: adult human female’ and ‘lesbian: female homosexual’ are not transphobic.
Nor is it transphobic to call the convicted rapist
Karen White—who was placed in a women’s prison—a man.
2. Do you support the University’s policy on transphobia and harassment?
graduate of St Anne’s, became the first British transsexual in the 1940s;
Laura’s new identity as Michael was made possible because Brasenose provided him with a degree certificate.
Many aspects of the University’s policy continue this progressive tradition, such as ending the regulation of
sub fusc according to sex.
I treat students and colleagues with respect and so would never call a member of the University by a pronoun which he or she found objectionable.
I do not, however, believe that gender identity supersedes sex, any more than I believe that Jesus was the son of God.
Therefore I oppose any attempt by the University to establish an official doctrine on gender,
just as I would oppose the imposition of a single religion or one particular position on Israel-Palestine.
The enforcement of orthodoxy—often disguised as ‘diversity’—would destroy the University’s very foundation:
‘Recognising the vital importance of free expression for the life of the mind, a university may make rules concerning the conduct of debate but should never prevent speech that is lawful.
Inevitably, this will mean that members of the University are confronted with views that some find unsettling, extreme or offensive.’
(University of Oxford’s policy on freedom of speech)
Michael Biggs, Department of Sociology, University