Swansea University Feminist Society members must quit for their own safety after being attacked by trans activists
- Swansea University’s Feminist Society has been “purged of trans activists,” it says
- Abby Claron, the Society’s outgoing president, says members were intimidated
- It came after the Society backed Sussex University professor Kathleen Stock
- Ms Claron describes the society as amassed by trans activists and branded “Terf”.
The president of a feminist university society says its members were forced to resign for their own safety after she was attacked by trans activists.
Abby Claron, the outgoing president of the Swansea University Feminist Society, says its members were intimidated after showing support for a university professor over her views on gender.
The 23-year-old says the society’s email accounts were even shut down after a “frenzied” backlash that saw her own social media accounts shared by trans activists.
This included messages sent to the society’s social media accounts branding them “Terfs” — an acronym for trans exclusionary radical feminist — and other offensive messages.
Abby Claron (pictured), the outgoing president of the Swansea University Feminist Society, says she has been “purged of trans activists”.
She says the university’s student union has blocked access to the company’s e-mail accounts. Pictured: Swansea University
It came after the Society publicly backed Kathleen Stock, the Sussex University professor who resigned in October last year following a campaign by students against her “anti-gender” views.
Society members were also snubbed after promoting a book by feminist author Helen Joyce.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Ms Claron claimed society has been “cleansed of trans activists” after supporting “women’s gender rights and gender spaces”.
She claimed the Swansea University Students’ Union announced it would investigate social media posts from the group in the wake of the riot.
Nine months later, however, she says that investigation is still ongoing and over the summer the company’s email account was deleted and her profile page removed from the union website.
She told the publication, “We’re not sure how there can be an ‘investigation’ that lasts the entire academic year but never involves us once?
Ms Claron says trans activists have targeted society for their support for “women’s sexual rights and gender-based spaces”.
The philosophy graduate says some members of society have been told they are shunned because of their position on the issue of gender
“My committee members were afraid to quit, and one told me that if she stayed with her friends would stop talking to her. The rector of the university also ignored all the letters of support that women’s rights groups sent us.”
The philosophy graduate claims the university told the Society to “reconduct” its election for the next academic year’s committee and was told the election “failed” due to the “timing” set.
Ms Claron said: “Frankly I find their behavior appalling, what has happened to us affects freedom of speech in general and the academic climate at Swansea University.”
She added that the new president is “concerned that people will find her personal and professional accounts and that her job may be at risk.”
A spokesman for Swansea University Students’ Union told the Telegraph the Society was “to be considered dormant pending the election of a committee” and had therefore “not had access to some of the Society’s resources, including the Society’s email accounts”.
They added: “The complaint relates to a separate issue from transphobia allegations made against some individuals within the Feminist Society. This investigation is ongoing.’
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11178747/Members-university-feminist-society-quit-safety-targeted-trans-activists.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Members of the feminist university society are quitting for their own safety after being attacked by trans activists