The petition calling for the dismissal of Professor Michele Moore as editor of Disability and Society is a common tactic of activists who want to silence any debate and difference of opinion regarding the issue of children who are identified as transgender. Trying to prevent professionals from questioning new and untested ideas is not the action of those who have children’s best interests at heart.
It takes great courage to challenge the prevailing gender identity orthodoxy and its proponents, who have become totalitarian in their suppression of dissent. As a society, we depend on the courageous professionals who do not go along like sheep with the current crowd, but continue to centre the welfare, safeguarding and health of children above populist or political movements.
Professor Michele Moore is one such professional and it would be a travesty if she were to be dismissed for the very reasons which make her the best person to lead such a prestigious journal. Impartiality and ethical standards must be maintained against any lobbying by activist groups. We hope that Disability and Society will uphold both its scientific rigour and its support for all members to exercise their critical thinking and integrity as Michele Moore has done.
Those with a political agenda should not be given sanction to impose their thinking on others through the threat of dismissal and public shaming, particularly when the issue concerns children and, critically in this case, when the potential outcome is life-changing and irreversible medical intervention.
People have a right to discuss, and children have a right to hear, different interpretations and meanings attached to the condition of gender dysphoria and feelings of gender discomfort. Children should not be presented with only one restrictive conceptualisation of their gender non-conformity which suggests only a concretisation of feelings as material reality. This is dangerous as it bypasses and invisibilises underlying factors such as depression or neurobiological disorders. To unquestioningly accept dogma transforms duty of care to the individual child into a political and social justice agenda for adults.
Professor Michele Moore’s talk for A Woman’s Place has attracted over 26,000 views, way beyond that of any other speaker. This is not an accident; Professor Moore’s talk has resonated with people not only because there is such public concern about the medical treatment of gender non-conforming children, but because of Professor Moore’s evident integrity, compassion and care about the children she speaks of. To characterise this as ‘transphobia’ only raises concerns about the possible intentions of the accusers to destabilise professional standards and due diligence in the care of children.
We stand by Professor Michele Moore who has had the courage to retain her professional integrity in the face of this totally unacceptable campaign to discredit her and her excellent work in support of vulnerable children.