What a cowardly response from a University that has gained a reputation after the Don Brash fiasco for censorship – totally spineless!
16 October 2019
Massey University has advised Speak Up For Women to find an alternative venue for its Feminism 2020 event. The University has received external advice on its health, safety and wellbeing obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, and its duty of care to the University community, and has made the decision on these grounds.
The legal advice we have received is that cancellation of the event, as concluded by the report, is the only way to eliminate the risk to health and safety and to ensure that the University would not be in breach of its health and safety obligations.
Massey University are refusing to front on their decision to ban a feminism conference and explain exactly where the health & safety issues were – to make the decision is gutless, to not front is intellectual pusillanimity – this censorship of free speech at a University is fascist!
Massey University is committed to the values of academic freedom, the freedom of speech, and the freedom of expression, as values that lie at the very heart of the tradition of a university and academic inquiry. However, this event has created significant disruption to our students, staff and University operations, and we cannot accept any further risk or issues, or any risk of potential harm that may impact upon a particularly vulnerable community.
NO YOU ARE NOT COMMITTED TO THE VALUES OF ACADEMIC FREEDOM! A University IS THE VERY PLACE this feminism debate should be had! What health and safety issue at stake? Who is being threatened? Are the protestors threatening violence or will staff and students be ‘triggered’ is they hear ideas they don’t agree with???
A University- a bloody University! is banning a discussion on gender critical feminism because other factions feel triggered by that debate should be a day of intellectual embarrassment for NZ!
This is a BBQ short of a book burning!
Again, I don’t agree with everything these gender critical feminists have to say on the issue of interactionist trans gender inclusion, in fact I disagree with some elements of what they are debating, but sweet Jesus they deserve to have the space at a bloody University of all places to be able to hold the debate!
Massey do not deserve to be considered a University!
The woke lynch mob look exactly like the old lynch mob.