This is Melbourne Anarchist Club’s response to criticism for having a transphobic and whorephobic speaker – weasel words over the definition of “phobia”:
Melbourne Anarchist Club (MAC) The host of the event has a particular view regarding the definition if ‘woman’. To suggest that this is trans phobia is entirely dishonest in an intellectual sense as a phobia is, by definition an irrational fear. The host of the event has a critique of the sex industry. To suggest that this is whorephobic makes as much sense as condemning those who work in the logging industry on account of a valid critique of the very same industry. The MAC welcomes and makes space for a free and open enquiry. Not only on these topics but many others. Those who would slander and defame the host, call for boycott or even a blockade reveal themselves to be in favour of crushing dissenting views and creating an atmosphere where each attempts to denounce the other before they they themselves are denounced. Such practices are an anathema to anarchism and say much more about those who denounce than the host.