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Sunday, March 03, 2024
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Letter to the Editor: universities must stand up to Michael Knowles

Editor’s note: This letter was edited for formatting. It otherwise remains in the condition in which it was sent. 

Knowles’ statements on transgenderism not only constitute hate speech; they also demonstrate a profound ignorance of science. To counter his irresponsible and dangerous rhetoric, this should be pointed out. I heard some of his anti-trans remarks at the Conservative PAC — “transgenderism is false,” “a man cannot change into a woman.” He simply doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He knows nothing about the biology of sexuality, and in that ignorance he represents a growing number of influential politicians. We as a university, a center of higher learning, should counter such ignorance with rational statements of science-supported fact. This is a very foundational reason for our existence.


Phillips Stevens, Jr., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Anthropology Emeritus

University at Buffalo, SUNY



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