1/ Many people think I claim to have been "canceled." This is not true. I've never claimed this. I chose to leave academia because I believe cancel culture was likely successful in destroying my reputation enough that pursuing a tenure track job would have been a waste of time.
2/ But I wasn't fired. My recent essay described my experience dealing with cancel culture, but I don't maintain that I *was* canceled or that I didn't receive any academic job offers last year and this year because of cancel culture. That may be the case, but I can't prove it.
3/ The worst part about being targeted for cancelation is that the effects are often hidden. There's no way for me to know how many (if any) job interviews I DIDN'T receive because of cancel culture, because NOT getting an interview isn't detectable the same way getting fired is.
4/ Cancel culture doesn't need to always end in a big obvious display for it to be real or effective. In fact, its indirect effects are worse than its direct effects, IMO, even though its direct effects are more likely to make the news because they're more conspicuous.
5/ So, was I canceled? Maybe? I don't know. Whether or not that label applies to me doesn't matter to me at all. Either way, I was targeted by and experienced cancel culture in action, and it's effect on my career was certainly nonzero, and likely quite substantial, IMO.

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This act changes the definition of "sex" in the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include "gender identity." This will make all sex-based rights impossible to enforce.
Read the whole Equality Act for yourself below. It is pretty nightmarish. congress.gov/bill/116th-con…
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Might be good to have a sham control, right? Nope! That would impose "Western biomedical concepts"!
What the hell is the point of even doing a study and submitting it to a journal if you refuse to use the methods that would enable you to determine whether or not the effects were real and infer a causal relationship between treatment and outcome?

pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20626055/
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See my @WSJ essay with developmental biologist @FondOfBeetles below.

This is our plea to the scientific community to "stand up for the empirical reality of biological sex", for denying biology is harmful to those most vulnerable in our society. wsj.com/articles/the-d…
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1/ ATTENTION: I posted this tweet following the publication of @AsraNomani's article in Quillette where she first broke news of Kendi's contract. I made a very significant mistake in not allowing Asra to break news of this contract herself on Twitter. She deserves all the credit.
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3/ My sincerest apologies to Asra for stealing her thunder on this. She has put in so much work on this project, and deserves 100% of the credit.

To anyone following the story of Thomas Jefferson High that may have new info or leads, please contact @AsraNomani directly!
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