This blog, created roughly a year ago (2 December 2017) with the intention of highlighting false accusations, due process and domestic violence, will now retire and no longer be updated. The database I compiled of 129 publicly known false accusations is here. Two other similar databases are linked to here.
[This is the final part of the series “Responding to Nutters”, to which I direct loons who crawl from beneath rocks making false accusations.]
I list here the newspapers articles and blogposts which slimed me with lies and false accusations in 2014, originating from a mentally unstable fantasist and stalker: a woman who assaulted me, stalked me, and falsely accused me of “harassing” her: I did no such thing; I merely politely asked her to stop stalking me at my seminars and I notified others of my extreme serious welfare concerns—which were ignored and then covered up.
These lies were distributed by:
- An unhinged American graduate student Brooke Berndtson at Oxford, who spent months slandering me as a “murderer”, inciting a mob against me and cyber-harassing me and my family.
For example, from this slimy harassing liar and zealot, on 5 September 2013, publicly raising a lynch mob with unhinged libel and sending an anonymous harassing message:
- This unhinged American woman’s academic supervisor, Dr Paula Boddington, who spent months secretly defaming me to various authorities, pressuring them to frame me with lies, and fire me from my academic position.
Together, these two malignant vigilante liars were successful in getting me publicly hung from a scaffold, driven from my home, fired and pauperized. However, I was later reinstated, when I proved the malignant filth from these vigilantes to be pure lies.
A fairly comprehensive response to the various lunatics and nutcases who then went on to witch hunt me is here: Responding to Nutters.
The newspaper and other online posts sliming me with lies, fabrications and vicious filth (no doubt there are others, including Boddington’s now deleted blogposts in 2014; those listed below are the main ones) are these:
- Daily Mail Online (26 February 2014: fabricated lies, based on no evidence)
- The Times (26 February 2014: fabricated lies, based on no evidence)
- The Telegraph (26 February 2014: fabricated lies, based on no evidence)
- The Independent (26 February 2014: fabricated lies, based on no evidence)
- Cosmopolitan (26 February 2014: fabricated lies, based on no evidence)
- Oxford Mail (26 February 2014: fabricated lies, based on no evidence)
- Feminist Philosophers (27 February 2014, slanderous filth from Jennifer Saul)
- Feminist Philosophers (5 March 2014, slanderous vigilante filth, posted by Jennifer Saul)
- Oxford Student (6 March 2014, slanderous filth from vigilante liars)
- Oxford Mail (10 March 2014, slanderous filth from vigilante liars)
- Times Higher (4 April 2014, slanderous filth by vigilante liar & bully Luke Brunning)
- Times Higher (27 April 2014, dishonesty from vigilante liar Dr Paula Boddington)
- Feminist Philosophers (9 Sept 2014, slanderous vigilante filth and lying)
I end with this apt quote from my ex-colleague, Professor Tim Williamson (Wykeham Professor of Logic, University of Oxford), from an interview in May 2017:
“I find the current atmosphere of self-righteous moralizing and vindictive internet mobs in the discipline deeply disturbing (whether the mob is on the left or the right). Such attitudes easily produce injustice and cruelty to individuals and unwise and counter-productive policy-making. Here I’m moralizing too, though not naming individuals or proposing policies. The effects would be much less serious if universities could be trusted to observe basic principles of fairness and due process and to fulfil their duties of care to both students and employees, but they can’t. Like most other institutions, they are more concerned to protect their reputations, which typically involves trying to cover up a problem or, if that fails, summary dismissal of alleged culprits. But those institutional failings are not specific to philosophy.”
- Justine Sergent (1992)
- Helen Dale (Helen has never really written up her story, though I know all about it)
- Stefan Grimm (2014)
- Yours truly (2014)
- Peter Ludlow (2014)
- Brian Leiter (2014)
- Laura Kipnis (2015)
- Steven Galloway (2015)
- Sir Tim Hunt (2015)
- Bret Weinstein (2016)
- Michael Rechtenwald (2016)
- Rebecca Tuvel (2017)
- Ahmed Fekry Ibrahim (2018)
- Rick Mehta (2018)
[Childish and defamatory open letter authored by social justice activists. This is the version as of 8pm, 12 November 2018, which contained the beginnings of some anonymous mockery in the edits — including the title “Opposing Free Speech in King’s College London” and the addition, “… because we do not tolerate different opinions”. This childish letter both smears, and demands the deplatforming of, academic and writer Dr Joanna Williams, who is due to speak at an event on free speech organized at Kings College London (KCL) on 13 November 2018:
“We ask you to redact her invitation, cancel the event and publish a public apology”.
The letter was here on googledocs—the authors have now switched off access, presumably to prevent the mockery.]
Opposing Free Speech in King’s College London
We the undersigned express our disappointment towards the War Studies Department for inviting Dr Joanna Williams to speak on this coming Tuesday 13th November at an ‘Endangered Speeches’ event. She is someone who opposes women, trans and non-binary people and their well-being and survival, including opposition to the #MeToo movement and feminism. We ask you to redact her invitation, cancel the event and publish a public apology. ui
We publicly state our support for women, trans- and non-binary people. This letter is a step in a much needed fightback against King’s College London’s complicity in and apathy towards free speech.
Dr Joanna Williams’ positions include:
- Arguing that provisions for trans- people indoctrinates children into questioning their gender and sexuality. By stating this as being immoral, she reinforces the rigidity of gender and sexuality, which in turn upholds the violent patriarchal world we live in. Not supporting LGBT+ young people is violence; according to Stonewall, 83% of trans- young people have experienced verbal abuse, and 27% have attempted suicide. Despite this, she claims society is ‘heterophobic’. Supporting LGBTQIP68475940384_+*/ young people is not, as she says, ‘a waste of time and money’, but a matter of basic survival.
- Opposing the #MeToo movement, which brought some level of justice and exposure to the harassment and assault that millions of women have and continue to face. Williams states that ‘#MeToo is an unedifying clamour to be incl uded in celebrity suffering’, demonstrating an unacceptable disregard for the horrifying and very real experiences of women around the world. It is patronising, incorrect and legitimising of the continuation of this abuse, absolving any and all of those accused of their responsibility.
- Williams further questions feminism more broadly, arguing that it is a witch-hunt against men by hysterical and indoctrinated women. This interpretation is a mischaracterisation of feminism built on a misogynistic understanding of gender norms. By framing feminism this way, Williams facilitates continued oppression, especially against those most in need of feminism; working class women, women of colour, LGB+ women, trans- and non-binary people, disabled women and so on.
Not supporting women, trans- and non-binary people kills, and Williams knowingly endorses this. By giving her a platform, the War Studies Department legitimises and spreads these viewpoints, and will directly and/or indirectly harm people, including staff and students.
King’s College London has a duty of care to its students and staff, and by facilitating viewpoints that harm us, it fails in that duty. Furthermore, the University has often accepted it has an issue with not giving platforms to certain groups, including working class women, women of colour and trans- and non-binary people. A better use of platforms such as ‘Endangered Speeches’ would be to give the opportunity for truly marginalised groups to speak and offer new perspectives, instead of a hateful classical liberal like Williams, whose stances get more than enough airtime in society already.
We anticipate the redaction of her invitation, canceling of the event and public apology because we do not tolerate different opinions.
The following KCL societies, staff, students and academics:
- Intersectional Feminist Society Committee
- LGBT+ Society Committee
- KCLSU Disabled Students’ Network
- Tom Bolitho, Department of Political Economy
- Heather Abdule, Department of History
- Saffa Abdi, Department of Political Economy
- Layla Nafee, Department of Political Economy
- Zara Ishaq, Department of Biomedical Science
- Georgie Spearing, LGBT+ President, LGBT+ KCLSU Head, NUS DSC LGBT+ Officer
- Ruby Dark, Department of Liberal Arts
- Sophia Mousicos, Department of Philosophy
- Aida Abbashar, Department of History and War Studies
- Mariam Razzaq, Department of English
- Tope Mayomi
- Zobia Shahi
- d, Department of Theology & Religious Studies
- Rebecca Larney, Department of Political Economy
- Jui-Enna Tasaddiq, Dickson Poon School of Law
- Shani Minogue, Department of History and War Studies
- Kenza Cheikh, Department of Nutritional Sciences
- Niki Manoledaki, Department of War Studies
- Amika Moser, Department of War Studies
- Zahra Hassan, Department of Theology & Religious Studies
- Jack McKenna, Department of Mathematics
- Shrish Parmeshwar, Department of Mathematics
- Ruby Boulter
- Srishti Arya, Biochemistry BSc, FoLSM
- Ashi Agrawal
- Aasha Farah, Department of History
- Paulina Rabiega, Department of War Studies
- Sevval Ozdemir
- Sukirti Lohani, Department of Political Economy
- Julie Schwarz, Dickson Poon School of Law
- Lydia Woodall, Department of Philosophy
- Jameela Kalawa
- Simona Alexandra, DMES
- Rachel Denne
- Ciera Turton, Department of War Studies and Philosophy
- Shania Nurein
- Anu Fasanya, MBBS, FoLSM
- Gizdem Akdur, Department of Digital Humanities
- Grace Whitten
- Seneba Jama, University of Warwick – School of Law
- Gabrielle Levy – SPLAS
- Galina Dimitrova
- Sainab Nuh, Department of Pharmacy
- Diva Ulucay
- Isabelle Lee, Department of Life Sciences and Medicine
- Emma Turner, Department of English and Film
- Chetna Khera
- Charlotte Fischer, Department of War Studies,
- Abigail Conner, Department of Life Sciences and Medicine
- Suwi Narasingamoorthy, Department of Political Economy and Philosophy
- Phoebe Elliott, Department of Liberal Arts
- Sky Lewis, Department of English
- Shanique Blake, Family Network Officer
- Laura Wormington
- Shahira Islam, Department of English
- Chloé Huybens, Department of Film Studies
- Helene Grøttum-Verlo, Department of European and International Studies
- Malak Mayet – BME officer, University of Nottingham Student’s Union
- Connie McDonnell
- KCL Minorities and Philosophy
- Kate Naylor, Department of War Studies
- Alice Wright, Department of Philosophy
- Willa Saadat, Department of Philosophy
- Victoria Dorneval
- Hania Yasin
- Isabel Fernandez-Moreno, Department of French/ Spanish Portuguese and Latin American Studies
- Elizaveta Mikhaleva, Department of Comparative Literature
- Aleksandra Tollkühn, Dickson Poon School of Law
- Matt Lulu, Department of Liberal Arts
- Sofya Panchenko, Department of Life Sciences and Medicine
- Annusheh Qureshi, Department of COmparative Literature
- Rhian Milton-Cole
- Olivia Palmer, Department of European and International Studies
- Aksah Khan, King’s Business School
- Sarah Birch, Department of Political Economy
- Skylar Larson
- Rosie Allen, Dickson Poon School of Law
- Farah Bostan,Department of Theology & Religious Studies
- Luka Powell, Department of War Studies
- Iona Cable, Department of War Studies
- Caterina Venafro
- Miriam Tamara Grødeland Aarag
- Niya Namfua
- Eleonora Colli
- Gul-E-Zahra Syed, Department of Theology & Religious studies
- Dei Lopez
- Elena Veris Reynolds, Department of Music
- Keith Smith, Department of Political Economy
- Habiba Siddiqa Sultana
- Alaya Seoudy
- KCL Justice for Cleaners
- Maisie Allen, Department of Liberal Arts
- Isa Abdulle, Department of English Language and Linguistics
- Yasmine Kherouf
- Toral Pattni, Department of War Studies
- Hannah Elsisi, Department of History
- Sofia Ferreira Santos, Department of Comparative Literature
- Hebe Tang, Department of History
- Tadiwa Ndlovu
- Molly Robson, Department of English
- Arthur Taylor, Departments of Physics and Philosophy
- Rawan Aly
- Soni Ticun
- Toby Green, Departments of History and SPLAS
- Siofra Peeren
- Claudia Campanella
- KCL STAR Student Action For Refugees)
- Emma Yapp
- Rosanna McNamara, Culture team
- Aeysha Fida, Department of Psychology
- Nicolas Szende, Department of Geography
- Alex Nightingale, Modern Language Centre/Unison
- Mollie Foley, Department of Geography KCL
- Jordan Wheeler, Department of Geography KCL
- Amardeep Chawla, Department of Physics
- KCL Women in Physics
- Ajay Chandrasekaram, Department of Geography
- Astrid Oredsson, Department of Philosophy KCL
- Ewan Nicolson
- Ari Pitman-Wallace
- Harvey Stanhope, Department of Geography
- Rebecca Posner, Department of Women and Children’s Health
- Emily Baggs, Library Services
- Maddison Murphy
- Ruchika Sharma
- Aggie Hirst, Department of War Studies
- Gina Prat Lilly, Liberal Arts
- Mia Sternoff, Geography
- Lily Juniper, Geography
- Momin Saqib, Department of Informatics
- Emma Olivieri Humphrey, Geography
- Demilitarise Kings
- Cécile Duiquet, Department of History
- Suroor Ansari, Geography
- Zahra Butt
- Ayishatu Futa, Department of Classics
- Nicholas Wong, Department of Geography
- Maria Jaramillo, Department of Geography
- Isaac Seleim, Department of French, LGBT+ Society Open Rep
- Karen Taoube, English Language Center
- Lara Foster, English Literature and Language
- Rhea Sharma
In a recent interview (by Claire Lehmann published in Quillette), the academic and author Camille Paglia writes:
I am an equity feminist: that is, I demand equal opportunity for women through the removal of all barriers to their advance in the professional and political realms. However, I oppose special protections for women as inherently paternalistic and regressive. Women have rarely worked side by side with men in the way they now do in the modern workplace, whose competitive operational systems were devised by men for maximum productivity. Despite their general affluence, professional women of the Western world have been chronically unhappy for decades, and I conjecture that it is partly because they have been led to expect happiness from a mechanical work environment that doesn’t make men happy either.
“Equity feminism” (likewise the view long promoted by Christina Hoff Sommers) involves the political/legislative rule of equal opportunity: this is supported by anyone who isn’t some sort of Khomeinist religious zealot.
Sadly, that is not what “feminism” means today. Contemporary feminism has become what is sometimes called victim feminism: the outright rejection of “equal opportunity for women” and explicit endorsement of “special protections for women”.
What is victim feminism? The seven pillars of victim feminism:
- Demonization: expressions of hatred against men are perfectly acceptable.
- Falsification: falsely asserting the existence of significant levels of alleged “sexism” or “misogyny”—claiming without evidence that “sexism against women” is an explanation for higher prevalence of men in leadership positions (politics, business & STEM) or for the measurable difference in male & female average earnings; while covering up systemic levels of marginalization and suffering experienced by boys & men. (See “The Trouble with Feminism” for a useful discussion of some data; see “The Illustrated Empathy Gap” for lots more.)
- Conspiracism: the bizarre conspiracy theory, reminiscent of classic antisemitism, that there exists a “Patriarchy”, a kind of global cabal of “powerful”, beastly males, subjecting helpless women to domination, persecution and oppression. This narrative of oppression is combined with hysteria and moral panic. This is a delusional conspiracy theory for which no evidence exists.
- Protective gynocentrism: treating girls & women as more socially valuable than boys & men; valuing the welfare and welbeing of girls & women over that of boys & men; assigning higher protective status towards girls & women over that of boys & men. (This is also sometimes referred to as “male disposability”);
- Infantilism: assigning lower responsibility, culpability and accountability to girls & women as compared to boys & men; this entails decriminalizing female violence and abuse; conversely, it entails denying due process to men when subjected to accusations—typically false accusations of a sexual nature or perhaps related to Interpersonal Violence (IPV).
- Hysteria, outrage, fear & moral panic: the aim is to stir up outrage, panic, hysteria & fear.
- Mobbing & vigilantism: the tactic is mobbing and vigilantism to achieve “justice” by subjecting the innocent to witch hunts, lynchings and mobbings.
In “Gynocentrism I: Social Gynocentrism”, I mentioned some classic examples of social gynocentrism (Titanic Effect; Damsels Effect; Boko Haram Effect), wherein girls & women are accorded far higher social value, protective status and concern for wellbeing, as well as much lower expectation of accountability, than boys & men are, while boys and men are treated with little more than contempt. Examples of institutionalized gynocentrism abound: educational gynocentrism; policing, legal and criminal justice gynocentrism; welfare & healthcare gynocentrism; workplace gynocentrism. Each indicates the extent and prevalence of systemic misandry.
- The mobbing of Sister Frances Dominica (2013/14, child sex abuse hysteria).
- The mobbing of yours truly (2013/14), with unhinged fantasies, by deranged feminist zealots.
- The mobbing of Ben Sullivan by feminist activists (2014).
- Oxford’s Stepford Students: “Free speech is so last century. Today’s students want the ‘right to be comfortable’” (2014)
- “Oxford’s new feminist hit squad” (2015)
- “How I became a feminist victim: An Oxford student explains why feminism fails women” (2016)
- “Even Oxford University can’t save Jenni Murray from the transgdener activist mob” (2018)
- “Why I hate men” (Julie Bindel (The Guardian); Radical Feminist, transphobe, man-hater).
- “You can’t hate them all, can you? Actually, I can” (Suzanne Moore (New Statesman); man-hater).
- “‘Men are toxic’ is a phrase I adore” (Laurie Penny (Twitter); man-hating upper-class English feminist).
- “All men are scum and must die” (Clementine Ford (Twitter); unhinged Australian man-hater).
- “Band together to kill all men” (Emily McCombs (Twitter), editor, Huffington Post).
- “oh man it’s kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men” (Sarah Jeong (Twitter), NYT journalist, hates “old white men”).
- “I announced that I hate all men and wish all men were dead” (Prof Victoria Bissell Brown (Washington Post); hates men).
- “All of them deserve miserable deaths while feminists laugh as they take their last gasps. Bonus: we castrate their corpses and feed them to swine? Yes” (Prof Christine Fair (Twitter), man-hating zealot).
- “Why can’t we hate men?” (Prof Suzanna Danuta Walters (Washington Post)).
- “There is no war on men (but maybe there should be)” (Jessica Valenti (Medium); man-hater and militant).
- “When we say men are trash and people respond with “your daddy too?” YES OUR FATHERS TOO” (Lara Witt (Twitter), man-hating zealot)