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Four years ago, before he published his first #Quillette piece, before he signed on as editor to that same online magazine, #ColinWright wrote an email to #JamesLindsay in which he laid out the set of simple and basic ideas that continue to drive his anti-trans activism. 1/
1. You can be an academicโ โ€”held to the quality of his evidence, the knowledge of the existing literature, & the soundness of his argumentsโ โ€”or you can be a "free-thinking intellectual." (To the point that having lousy evidence & no demonstrable knowledge shows "free thinking.")
2. Let's blame everything on the "trans activists." Let's call everyone who disagrees with anti-trans talking points a "trans activist." "Trans activists" are bad, it goes without saying. Let's claim they are in "denial of gender or sex differences."

Straw man done! And done!
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Ha ha ha, our muffin, #ColinWright not being entirely rational, is he. When Elon Musk copies his cartoon, "It's fine! It's fine! May I interest you in a mug, too, Elon, my mugs are the best mugs!" When Aaron copies his cartoon (albeit with enhancements): "You're insufferable."
Can't be that agreeing and disagreeing with someone on other matters and/or sheer level of internet clout could influence #ColinWright's judgement on someone's use of his stick figure cartoon, could it?

That would not be high decoupling if that were the case, now would it? ๐Ÿ˜‚
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This part of #ColinWright's interview went on for quite a bit: he made his own example of not landing a TT job evidence for how rotten he thinks academia is. But he didn't mention once that his supervisor & co-author was a fraudster & that those co-retractions dragged him down.
โ€œ'Due to legal concerns (Pruitt obtaining lawyers) I have been advised not to issue any comments on this until the investigation surrounding Dr. Pruitt has finished,' #ColinWright, who co-authored several papers with Pruitt, tells ScienceInsider."โ€ฆ
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#ColinWright, #Quillette editor: "Being trans is just a state of mind. . .you can't empirically verify it in any way."

I know we didn't really need any more confirmation. But here it is.
When asked about his previous identification as a progressive, this is how he defines it: "I was pro the gay rights movement, and yeah, for sure."

Yep. Progressive. When you support legal and political changes that have just happened and without any of your participation.
#ColinWright about non-binary identity: "It's common but I still don't think people know what they're talking about when they say it. . .Just ask anyone of this ideology about what is a woman, and you just get insanity back."

Then he says "insanity" at least three more times.
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Here's a segment from the WPATH guidelines for hormone replacement therapy, one way to treat gender dysphoria.

"If significant medical and mental concerns are present, they must be reasonably well controlled."

The budding psychiatrist who wrote for #Quillette should know.
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