In The Australian, Tess Livingstone rightly praises the new book Cancel Culture in which I have a chapter.
Edited by Kevin Donnelly, contributors include Peta Credlin, who wrote the foreword, classics scholar and Campion College former president David Daintree, The Australian’s Jennifer Oriel, Tony Abbott, Ian Plimer, history teacher at Campion College, Stephen A Chavura, and more. The book is available here.
The book warns of how “cancel culture” is destroying freedom of speech and the institutions of our civilisation. It maps the origins and dimensions of this threat that every week is rewriting history, renaming brands, redefining language, redefining human nature. It positively explores solutions and ways forward.
My contribution to the book analysed queer theory and the gender fluidity push into schools, the effect on girls sports and how parents are being lock out of decision making about their children.
It warns that gender identity laws are far more restrictive of our freedoms than same-sex marriage – gay boys play in boys sports, use male toilets and change rooms, but a boy who identifies as a girl plays in girl’s sports and access all their safe spaces. At a time when child on child sexual assault is widespread, one would have thought that the safety concerns this creates would have rung alarm bells.
These are just a few of the wide and deep conflicts created by gender identity laws over female rights, privileges, protections and access to services. Ultimately, when gender identity becomes and imbedded concept over biological sex in marriage laws, birth certificate law, anti-discrimination law, vilification and conversion therapy laws, it threatens to turn tolerant democracies into authoritarian states.
Senator Claire Chandler, who spoke at the recent NCC National Conference on this issue, has become a champion of the right to women to their own sports.
The book covers a wide range of areas where the culture is being cancelled in schools, universities and media in language, history, law and on environmental science.
The book is a good read and an important defence of our civilisation, and compliments my own book, The Little Grey Book on Sex and Transgender, available here.