Originally published at The Huffington Post
Last week I heard Julie Bindel speak at Challenging the Campus Censors. She was charismatic and funny and she’s spent decades campaigning against violence towards women. I feel privileged to have heard her speak – it’s not an opportunity everyone gets.
Bindel has been no platformed by the NUS due to transgender protest against a 2004 Guardian column in which she suggested a world inhabited by transgenders, with “fuck-me shoes and birds’-nest hair for the boys; beards, muscles and tattoos for the girls… would look like the set of Grease.”
Bindel has since apologised but the feminist view of gender as a cultural construct stands.