Dr Louise Moody (@drlouisejmoody)
10 min readAug 26, 2019


Open Letter to Larry Krasnoff (Philosophy, College of Charleston), John Gordon (Director, how to: Academy), and Little, Brown and Company concerning Dr Rachel McKinnon’s Social Media Conduct


Edited (05/09/2019) to include Dr McKinnon’s tweets in which she states that Vancouver Rape Relief — which provides essential support to women who are victims of male violence — is likely responsible for vandalizing its own shelter in an attempt to motivate transphobia.

Edited: (01/10/2019) to include Dr McKinnon’s tweets in which she states that any sexual orientation other than “pansexual” is “transphobic” since both heterosexual and homosexual people leave trans people “out in the cold.”

Dear Larry Krasnoff, John Gordon, and Little, Brown and Co,

We are a group of diverse individuals from around the world who are writing to strongly object to Dr Rachel McKinnon’s recent on-line conduct in which she posted a series of tweets — on the 25th and 27th August — concerning Magdalen Berns, an influential young, feminist activist, who is tragically terminally ill with glioblastoma (edited: Magdalen passed away on Friday 13th Sept and Dr McKinnon posted a GIF of a skeleton dancing on a grave).

More recently (04/09/19) Dr McKinnon posted the following tweets concerning the vandalism of Vancouver Rape Relief shelter.

It is our position that, no matter whether or not one believes that trans women are — as a matter of objective fact — women, it is completely unacceptable for an Associate Professor of Philosophy with a prominent academic, media, and sporting profile (or indeed, anyone) to publicly celebrate the impending death of someone whose views they disagree with; assert that Vancouver Rape Relief has probably vandalized its own shelter (thus exacerbating the trauma of women who, unfortunately, have a need for its services) in order to create transphobia; and to imply that she does not, at a minimum, object to the desire for ‘Terfs’ to die.

It is worth noting that Dr McKinnon’s recent behaviour is not unusual as evidenced by her wishing that “Cis People” would “literally die in a grease fire”.

Somebody who derives pleasure from such a situation is, without a doubt, contravening the College of Charleston’s Mission, Vision and Values to “become productive members of society”; at odds with How to Academy’s mission to “inspire” people through reasoned, intelligent, and productive debate; and seriously undermines Little Brown’s mission to “become a respected publisher.”

As such, we call upon Dr McKinnon to publicly apologise for her behaviour, and for the College of Charleston, how to: Academy and Little, Brown and Company to consider donating to The Brain Tumour Charity in honour of Magdalen Berns.

Update 1/10/2019:

Dr McKinnon has now (30/09/2019) posted that anyone who is attracted to a particular biological sex is ‘transphobic’ and that trans people are “entitled” to sexual relationships. We take this to be, at a minimum, psychologically co-ercive and both homophobic and heterophobic (indeed, Dr McKinnon has claimed that “pansexuality” is the only “morally acceptable” sexuality.). One should not have to “learn to have fun” with a certain biological sex simply to defuse false accusations of ‘transphobia.’

Addendum: Dr McKinnon has tweeted that some names are not “substantiated” and that some are “just screen names.” This is because many women are afraid of professional and/or personal recriminations from transgender rights activists and their allies who, amongst other things, have vandalized a women’s only rape shelter, verbally harassed lesbians at Pride events, been restrained from physically assaulting Julie Bindel after an event discussing the future of women’s sex-based rights, attempted to sue women for on-line “misgendering”, and doxxed women who desire to preserve their anonymity. Given this hostile climate, I have respected the wishes of some women not to specify their location, profession, and in some cases, to simply use their on-line username.

Yours Sincerely,

Dr Louise Moody, Philosopher, Leeds Resisters

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Dr Louise Moody (@drlouisejmoody)

Occasional philosopher / A work in progress. Loves: books; astronomy; ancient civilizations; antique maps; Star Trek; photo-ing; and meaningful silences