Cambridge SU publishes pro-trans guide claiming being a woman is not just down to ‘biological sex’


Cambridge Students’ Union has published a pro-trans guide claiming that being a woman is not just down to ‘biological sex’.

‘How To Spot TERF Ideology’ accuses feminists arguing against this as being ‘transphobic’ and linked to the ‘far right’.

The guide, written by new women’s officer Milo Eyre-Morgan, accuses Terfs – short for Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists – as having a ‘narrow definition’ of women.

It was rolled out at the prestigious institution’s freshers fair this month, which the 25,000-strong new intake of students were invited to.

It comes as gender rows erupt across universities, with activists berating students and lecturers who disagree with their views.

In one chilling case, protesters are baying for feminist philosopher Kathleen Stock to be sacked from Sussex University.

She was yesterday thrown under the bus by her union which she said had ‘ended her career’ by issuing a statement ‘in solidarity’ with ‘trans and nonbinary communities’.

'How To Spot TERF Ideology' accuses feminists arguing against this as being 'transphobic' and linked to the 'far right'

‘How To Spot TERF Ideology’ accuses feminists arguing against this as being ‘transphobic’ and linked to the ‘far right’

The guide, written by new women's officer Milo Eyre-Morgan (pictured), accuses Terfs - short for Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists - as having a 'narrow definition' of women

The guide, written by new women’s officer Milo Eyre-Morgan (pictured), accuses Terfs – short for Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists – as having a ‘narrow definition’ of women

Cambridge SU’s new guide says that ‘TERF ideology is a specific form of transphobia’.

It goes on: ‘The primary TERF assertion is that trans women are not women, and accordingly have no place in women’s spaces.

‘TERFs define misogyny as sex-based oppression, which results from being ‘biologically female’…

‘This is reductive and works on a narrow definition of what constitutes ‘biological’ sex.’

Cambridge SU's new guide says that 'TERF ideology is a specific form of transphobia' (file photo of the university)

Cambridge SU’s new guide says that ‘TERF ideology is a specific form of transphobia’ (file photo of the university)

The pamphlet adds: ‘If the person has strong feminist commitments, it may also be worth bringing up that TERFs (particularly the famous ones who figurehead the movement) spend a lot of time working with the far-right.’

Eyre-Morgan, 21, who studied Natural Sciences at Newnham College and wrote the article, shared it on Twitter.

Kathleen Stock, a Philosophy professor at the University of Sussex, was targeted by mob

He wrote: ‘I am fr so excited about getting the update of this amazing resource together.’

His page on the student union’s website adds: ‘As student union Women’s Officer I represent students of marginalized genders.’

It comes after the trans row took another turn yesterday as a professor who wrote people cannot change their biological sex said her union had ‘ended her career’.

Kathleen Stock was warned by police to stay away from Sussex University and teach online amid a backlash from critics who accuse her of being ‘transphobic’.

Demonstrators held banners saying ‘Stock Out’ alongside burning flares and scores criticised her under the Twitter hashtag #ShameOnSussexUni.

Prof Stock said on Twitter yesterday her former union branch Sussex UCU had ‘effectively ended my career’ at the university.

In a statement ‘in support of trans and nonbinary communities’, sent to all members and posted online by Prof Stock, the union reps write: ‘We extend our solidarity to all trans and nonbinary members of our community who, now more than ever, should receive the unequivocal support of the University and its management.’

In a statement 'in support of trans and nonbinary communities', sent to all members and posted online by Prof Stock, the union reps write: 'We extend our solidarity to all trans and nonbinary members of our community who, now more than ever, should receive the unequivocal support of the University and its management'

In a statement ‘in support of trans and nonbinary communities’, sent to all members and posted online by Prof Stock, the union reps write: ‘We extend our solidarity to all trans and nonbinary members of our community who, now more than ever, should receive the unequivocal support of the University and its management’

Online, she has been targeted with abuse from users who say she is ‘on the wrong side of history’ while posters are put up around campus campaigning for her dismissal 

The statement goes on: ‘As a union, we strongly condemn all forms of transphobia, and call the University of Sussex leadership to heed its institution’s values and commitments as set out in its Trans Equality Statement and its Dignity and Respect policy.

‘We urge our management to take a clear and strong stance against transphobia at Sussex.’

Prof Stock had last week been backed by head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Baroness Falkner of Margravine who called the attacks disgraceful. 

She received a further boost over the weekend courtesy of equalities minister Liz Truss, who added her approval to Baroness Falkner’s thoughts.

Cambridge University and Cambridge Students’ Union have been approached for comment.



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