An Open Letter on the Hypatia Controversy

Julian Vigo
Julian Vigo 132 Comments
814 Signatures Goal: 1,000

We, the undersigned, are writing to express our deep concern and outrage over both the recent demand for the retraction of Rebecca Tuvel’s article, “In Defense of Transracialism,” which was published in Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy (29 March 2017), and Hypatia’s temporarily acquiescing to this demand by removing the article in its online form for a period of time.

The open letter to Hypatia (published 30 April 2017), which garnered over 800 signatures of academics from universities within the US and elsewhere in addition to a handful of writers, was a mean-spirited mischaracterization of a scholar’s work that was conspicuously lacking in any attempt to engage with the primary argument offered therein. Instead, the letter demanded a retraction based on spurious and, in some instances, demonstrably wrong assertions regarding the content of the work. We agree with Jessie Singal’s overall assessment in This Is What a Modern Day Witch Hunt Looks Like and we share his suspicion that despite calling for its retraction, many of the signatories had not read Tuvel’s article before adding their names to the letter. In fact, one must wonder if some of the signatories had even read the open letter to Hypatia given the petition’s absolute defiance to critical inquiry and academic deliberation.

Most of the signatories to the Hypatia letter enjoy both the intellectual and practical benefits of free and open debate and discussion within their institutions. A vast majority of the signatories also directly benefit from the mechanisms of fairness of review processes within publishing in order for their ideas and words to see the light of day. This letter is then addressed to the heads of the universities and publishing houses of those who signed the Hypatia letter, which not only set out to have an article disappeared, but contributed to a cultural climate in which debate is stifled and individuals are demonized. These signatories participated in a purposeful, modern-era witch hunt whereby some of the most privileged in academia and publishing created a groundswell of opprobrium for a junior scholar--one that can be reasonably expected to have serious ramifications for her career and reputation.

Many of us have watched in astonishment and horror over the last few years as identity politics has been used as a cudgel to disappear the material condition and facticity of the world, be it social or scientific. Instead of nurturing dialogue with one’s interlocutor, a climate of taking irrational, unscientific, and reactionary dogma has been championed by the academy and the general media. And anyone who has dared to question, critique, or even—as in the case of Tuvel—subject it to rigorous logical scrutiny in an effort to expand its application, has been met with shaming at best and abuse at worst. This alarming call for the silencing of an academic who made a good faith argument has left little room for doubt that the proponents of this dogma will brook no questioning of it. We believe that the signatories to the Hypatia letter have engaged in a call for de facto censorship and deep intellectual dishonesty to intimidate not just Tuvel, but anyone else who might consider offering a contrary opinion or perspective.

The signatories sent a clear message: no inquiry into the function and precepts of the prevailing philosophy of gender will be tolerated. We unequivocally reject this message and affirm our right to question, critique, and rebut any and all philosophies or viewpoints, regardless of how much academic support they may have. We recognize the Hypatia letter as an egregious example of a growing authoritarian trend when it comes to engaging certain topics. We refuse to bend to it. We condemn the attempts of academics and others to silence and erase from public view an opinion solely because it does not fall within the discursive parameters that they have taken it upon themselves to set. We assert that the academics who signed on to this letter betrayed their fundamental duty as scholars to encourage—even demand—rigorous examination and robust discussion of ideas.

It is supremely ironic that Tuvel’s acceptance and application of many of the core arguments used to buttress one of the prevailing views of a certain type of identity, when applied to another social domain has, conversely, sparked such outrage. It is difficult for us to draw any conclusion other than that Tuvel--however inadvertently--has shown the hollowness of such ideas and that those who expound them can proffer no credible defense. The letter and the demand for retraction show nothing as much as a thorough inability to logically rebut Tuvel’s argument.

And there is a glaring paradox at the centre of this affair—that one of the better known signatories has previously written the following:

This attempt to purify the sphere of public discourse by institutionalizing the norms that establish what ought properly to be included there operates as a preemptive censor. Such efforts not only labor under a fear of contamination, but they are also compelled to restage in the spectacles of public denunciations they perform the very utterances they seek to banish from public life.

We find it difficult to fathom how this individual can reconcile these sentiments with a letter that calls for the silencing of a scholar without even a cursory attempt at counter-argument. We again note the irony. This professor and her co-signers have advanced an onslaught of harassment towards an individual whose ideas are merely an application of their own theories and belief-systems. This amounts to an abuse of power on the part of influential individuals ensconced in powerful institutions. In endorsing this call for the silencing of a good faith and rigorous effort on the part of a scholar, they have shown themselves to be inadequate models of scholarly integrity and intellectual honesty.

We are not all scholars or academics. Our political affiliations and outlooks vary in numerous ways. We are professionals and laypeople; workers and readers; some of us are activists and some are not. Many of us do not agree with the premise of Tuvel’s article in fact, but we wholeheartedly support open debate and the freedom of intellectual exchange through the medium of publishing. We believe that we must confront three distinct issues:

  1. The growing academic trend, particularly evident when it comes to gender, to stifle debate and shame, harass, and defame anyone who does not mindlessly parrot the prevailing orthodoxy;
  2. The logical and political shortcomings inherent in much of the currently popular theory concerning gender;
  3. The elision of feminist politics and the troubling sidelining of sex over gender “feelings,” ultimately contributing to institutional sexism whereby only those who toe the genderist ideology are rewarded while all mention of material reality of females is pushed aside in both academic and editorial structures (i.e. the disappearance of women's studies departments over the past two decades in favour of gender studies programs and the conterminous decrease of publications related to the material and experiential reality of females and sex-based oppression).

We are a diverse group of people who understand that ideas matter and that intellectual trends impact the society at large. They affect law, media, medicine, culture, language, and politics; they affect how we are educated and how our workplaces function; and, as this episode has made abundantly clear, they can even determine who is allowed to express an opinion and who isn’t. Because of this, vigorous and open debate and discussion is essential. We see in the Hypatia letter a clear attempt to incite fear in anyone who dares to not show unswerving deference to certain propositions and we condemn it in the most unequivocal terms. Unlike “A Majority of the Hypatia's Board of Associated Editors,” whose apology showed a craven eagerness to abandon basic principles of free speech and editorial integrity, we stand strong in our commitment to open discussion and assert our absolute right to question ideas and to shape alternate views.

We demand that:

  1. The provosts and other chief administrators and editors who serve at the institutions with which the signatories are affiliated: publicly disavow the call for silencing made in the letter and affirm their support for free dialogue and debate; begin to consider programs and initiatives to address the alarming authoritarian trend on the part of certain academics evidenced clearly in the Hypatia letter.
  2. Hypatia republish Tuvel’s original article in its original form full with an apology to the author and their readers.
  3. The universities and publishers named herein engage in addressing the growing problem of intellectual harassment within their walls by opening up forums and publications which address the growing problem of silencing and no-platforming, with the usual suspects being females who question or as in the case of Tuvel, employ gender identity within a perfectly reasonable academic exercise.


[This open letter is being sent to the provosts and other chief administrators and editors who serve at the institutions with which the signatories to the Hypatia letter are affiliated.]

  • Hypatia Editorial Board
  • Elizabeth Abrams, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Augustine O. Agho, Old Dominion University
  • Peter-André Alt, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Valerie Amos, SOAS University of London
  • Sona K. Andrews, Portland State University
  • Terri Anne Camesano, Bruce Bursten, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Parvis Ansari, Westfield State University
  • Paul Arcario, LaGuardia Community College (CUNY)
  • Michael Arthur, University of London
  • Attila Askar, Koç University, Istanbul
  • Matthew R. Auer, Bates College
  • Timothy R. Austin, Duquesne University
  • Bert C. Bach, East Tennessee State University
  • Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Queen’s University
  • Gail F. Baker, University of San Diego
  • Turina Bakken, Madison College
  • Gerald Baldasty, University of Washington
  • Susan Baldridge, Middlebury College
  • Deborah Baldwin, University of Arkansas Little Rock
  • Alberto Edgardo Barbieri, Universidad de Buenos Aires
  • Jean Bartels, Georgia Southern University
  • Craig Barton, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Scott A. Bass, American University
  • Patricia E. Beeson, University of Pittsburgh
  • Neeli Bendapudi, University of Kansas
  • Justin Bengry, Founder and Managing Editor, Notches
  • James Bennighof, Baylor University
  • Sheri Berger, Pierce College
  • Michael Bernstein, Stony Brook University
  • Neil Besner, University of Winnipeg
  • Hester Bijl, Leiden University Center for the Arts in Society
  • Dale B. Billingsley, University of Louisville
  • Christopher Bishop, Microsoft Research New England
  • Julia Black, London School of Economics
  • Fabienne Blaise, Lille University
  • M. Brian Blake, Drexel University
  • David Bogen, Maryland Institute College of Art
  • David Bolton, City University of London
  • Judy Bonner, Mississippi State University
  • Leszek Borysiewicz, University of Cambridge
  • Gene Bourgeois, Texas State University
  • Jeanne F. Brady, Saint Joseph’s University
  • Cheryl Brandsen, Calvin College
  • Guy Breton, Université de Montréal
  • Nancy Brickhouse, St. Louis University
  • Ross Brown, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama London
  • Marilyn Buck, Ball State University
  • Rosemarie Buikema, Bluestockings Magazine
  • Edward Burger, Southwestern University
  • Tom Burish, University of Notre Dame
  • David Burrows, Lawrence University
  • Ken Burtis, University of California, Davis
  • Edward Byrne, King’s College London
  • Mike Calford, University of Tasmania
  • Phyllis Callahan, Miami University
  • H.E.A. (Eddy) Campbell, University of New Brunswick
  • Brent Carbajal, Western Washington University
  • Paula J. Carlson, Luther College
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  • Denise Cobb, Southern Illinois University—Edwardsville
  • Jim Coleman, University of Arkansas
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  • Francis S. Collins, National Institutes of Health
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  • Daniel Diermeier, University of Chicago
  • Robbert Dijkgraaf, Loyola Marymount University/Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
  • Persis S. Drell, Stanford University
  • Thomas Dunk, Brock University
  • Dana Dunn, University of North Carolina Greensboro
  • Debasish (Deba) Dutta, Purdue University
  • Donald R. Eastman, Eckerd College
  • Executive Editor, Sarah Broadie, The Philosophical Quarterly, Independent Scholar
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  • Susan Elrod, University of Wisconsin at Whitewater
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  • Dean R. Gerstein, Claremont Graduate University, UC San Diego
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  • Domenico Grasso, University of Delaware
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  • Constance Harsh, Colgate University
  • Lyn Hejinian and Travis Ortiz, Atelos
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  • Elizabeth Hendrey, CUNY Queens
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  • Matt Inman, Three Rivers Press & Penguin Random House
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  • Richard M. Locke, Brown University
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  • Patrick Loughrey, Goldsmiths, University of London
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  • Lynn Mahoney, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Forrest Maltzman, George Washington University
  • Christopher P. Manfredi, McGill University
  • Sarah Mangelsdorf, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Robert A. Mangione, St. John’s University
  • David Marshall, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Jennifer Martin, Texas Woman’s University
  • April Mason, Kansas State University
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  • Maurie McInnis, University of Texas at Austin
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  • Shari McMahan, California State University, San Bernardino
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  • Megan Segoshi, Editor in Chief, Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education
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  • Margaret Sheil, University of Melbourne
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  • Gillian Siddall, OCAD University
  • John Smarrelli Jr., Christian Brothers University
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  • Joseph M. Sopcich, Johnson County Community College
  • Steven Spier, Kingston University, London
  • Tom Stephenson, Swarthmore College
  • Garnett S. Stokes, University of Missouri
  • Donald Straney, University of Hawai’i at Hilo
  • Jennifer Summit, San Francisco State University
  • Nancy Targett, University of New Hampshire
  • Jacqueline Taylor, The College of New Jersey
  • Helen Teasdale, University of Sheffield
  • Jeremy Teitelbaum, University of Connecticut
  • Saul Tendler, University of York
  • Jan Thomas, Massey University
  • Stephen E. Thorsett and Carol S. Long, Willamette University
  • Adam Tickell, University of Sussex
  • Lara Tiedens, Scripps College
  • Brad Toben, Baylor Law School
  • Tim Tracy, University of Kentucky
  • Elizabeth Treasure, Aberystwyth University
  • Maurizio Trevisan, CUNY Graduate Center and City College of New York
  • Walter Tribley, Monterey Peninsula College
  • Titilayo Ufomata, Hobart & William Smith Colleges
  • Kalervo Väänänen, University of Turku
  • Albert Van Jaarsveld, University of KwaZulu Natal
  • Katharine Viner, Editor of The Guardian, GATE
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  • Torbjörn Von Schantz, Lund University
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  • Michael Weber, Universität Ulm, Baden-Württemberg
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  • Marjorie Wonham, Quest University Canada
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  • Mary Jo Zembar, Wittenberg University
  • Stuart Zola, Emory University
  • John Zomchick, University of Tennessee
  • Charles F. Zukoski, SUNY at Buffalo

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Highlights

June 13
All ideas must be made available for discussion. Let those who disagree with a position write their own reasoned rebuttals. Surely academia should be above indulging the tactics of a repressive religion; certain ideas should not be taken on faith, nor be regarded as beyond reproach.
June 13
Feminism has been an arena of fierce debate and must continue to be so. Where conflicts exist between ideological positions, we must have MORE debate not less. Shaming and de-platforming writers and public speakers who question or comment on current controversies, means that these controversies will not be resolved--to the disadvantage of all concerned and resulting in the diminution of our common intellectual life as a society.
June 9
We need more free & civil discussion of ideas, not censorship.
June 6
True academics and scholars exercise freedom of thought and speech, are not afraid of dissenting opinions, and know debate is necessary for intellectual development. I support free speech and open discussions.
June 5
P. Professor dep. of Fine Arts AristotleUniversityThessaloniki -AUTH
June 4
Anyone who read Dr. Tuvel's robust paper closely could instantly see how overtly ignorant and ideological the phoney outrage was. These academics are liberal reactionaries in the throes of mass hysteria, and whose influence should be limited and deconstructed vigorously.
June 3
I support this open letter; what a shame the many editorial advisors to Hypatia chose to pull Tuvel's fine article.
June 3
What happened to intellectual inquiry? I have a fundamental disagreement with much of the premise of Tuvel's article, but I can recognize that as a philosopher she is exploring the nature of the issues put forth in a sincere effort. I am not surprised that there has been pushback to this article, but that a group of academics would demand that it be removed from a philosophy journal and that apologies be issued is absurd and deeply concerning. How lazy are academics these days that they simply demand the removal of a piece of work rather than spending time authoring a rebuttal or response?
June 2
I support free speech, and open discussions. Thank-you.
June 2
Nobody and no subject should be immune to discourse, discussion and critiscism. This is an example of academic authoritarianism and it must be addressed.
  • Emily de Castrique
    Emily de Castrique United States, Brevard
    Jul 01, 2017
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    University of North Carolina Asheville
  • Lucia Fiero
    Lucia Fiero United States, Medway
    Jul 01, 2017
    Jul 01, 2017
    Formerly Secretary of the US Pirate Party. Pushed out of office for refusing to censor "gender apostasy" on my own personal social media, just this week.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Jun 30, 2017
    Jun 30, 2017
    Articulate, well-formed ideas should never be swept under the rug simply because they risk eroding the prevailing norms.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Jun 19, 2017
    Jun 19, 2017
    Feminism has been one of the single greatest destructive forces against free thought and equality over the past 20 years or so and it needs to be stamped out with extreme prejudice!
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