Apolice force has been accused of “incredible irresponsibility” for treating the display of transphobic stickers around Oxford as a “serious crime”.
Some of the stickers, which have been dotted around the city centre, state: “Woman: noun. Adult human female” and “Women don’t have penises”.
Thames Valley Police has announced that those responsible could be charged with a public order offence and has appealed for witnesses.
It said: “Officers are investigating a large number of offensive stickers that have been placed across Oxford city centre containing transphobic comments.
Interesting to see what actually counts as transphobia, no? Presumably “Blacks have more melanin” is racist therefore, “Buggery, not just for homos” is inclusive?
Michael Biggs, Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Oxford, suggested that the police had overreacted.
“This is literally the Oxford English definition of what a woman is,” he said.
“I can’t believe that needs any stance at all. To say that a dictionary definition is a terrible hate crime is extraordinary. The police is being incredibly irresponsible.”
How NewSpeak we’ve become. Quoting the dictionary is a crime now.