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Freedom of speech matters to me becauseWithout it, we unable to hold those in power to account or challenge existing or emerging orthodoxies that threaten our other rights. 

Freedom of speech matters to me becausePeople have died , are dying, for the freedom to speak...are we to ignore them and dishonour them!

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseWithout complete freedom of speech neither a university nor a democratic society can survive!

Freedom of speech matters to me becauselanguage doesn't kill.

Freedom of speech matters to me becausemost other freedoms are meaningless without it.

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseI'm not a fucking fascist.

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseIf we are unable to speak out against unjust systems, institutions, etc, no one is free.

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseEveryone's argument needs testing in debate- it's the only way to work out the best way forward. 

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseit is essential to democracy and to the growth of knowledge.

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseWithout it we cannot find truth.

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseYou don't win an argument by silencing the other side.

Freedom of speech matters to me becausePeople died to achieve that. Members of my family died for freedom of speech, the right to meet, protest, express our political views without censorship. This is NOT communist Russia. This is NOT Saudi Arabia. 

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseThe moment you try to win an argument by silencing someone, you've lost.

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseDiscussion and debate bring out new ideas and move things forward. 

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseWomen's voices are being silenced. It is becoming impossible for certain women to speak about their lived reality without being subjected to abuse and intimidation. This is becoming the new Burning Time.

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseIf we can't discuss politics in Universities, where can we?

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseLife is dangerous without it?

Freedom of speech matters to me becausedialogue must happen. It is dangerous when we silence.

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseWithout it there's no democracy. Because those who hold the power are the ones silencing the oppressed. 

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseWe are human. We need to be able to speak. 

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseit's our only hope.

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseit's the basic tenet of a democratic system.

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseWomyn have been silenced for far too long.

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseWe mustn't take it for granted. 

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseit is what separates us from terror.

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseWomen and their lived experience matters. 

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseNo platforming is censorship - if not stopped where will it lead?

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseI don't want to be told what to think. I want to make up my own mind, and i can't do that if people are silenced. 

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseGender-critical feminists are not spreading hate, advocating violence or threatening anyone. They are simply asking questions and thinking critically about some of the ideas put forward by trans-activists. A huge part of feminism is resisting the silencing of women. Our viewpoint is valid and poses no threat to anyone. Let women speak.

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseit is fundamental to our culture.

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseThat is how we can learn and become better people in a better society. People have to have opportunities to ask questions, form opinions and have the confidence to challenge their own and others ideas.

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseit's a fundamental part of a civilised society.

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseIt's the last bastion against slavery - and that's what we are heading for.

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseI do not wish to silence people.

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseIt is about political freedom of expression of ideas. A society where ideas are repressed cannot call itself progressive in any true sense of the word.

Freedom of speech matters to me becausefemales more than ever need to be heard. Violence against women is at an all time high and men who want to be women are not female.

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseideas need to be debated OR society stagnates.

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseFreedom of speech matters to me because Women matter to me.

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseWe need to solve issues with our enemies by talking, but I don't see how we can do that if we can't even talk to our friends.

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseSo many people have struggled... fought and died for me to have the opportunities and access to education that are still denied to far too many. I will stand up for the right of gender critical feminists and socialists to free speech without the threats or coercion we have witnessed in this latest McCarthy style witchunt.

Freedom of speech matters to me becauseit should be the right of all people equally to have a voice.

I've seen that no matter how reasonable you try to be - no matter how much you agree on - there will be people who will try to silence you with threats, insults and claims that you're the one abusing them. It can't be allowed to poison every public debate.


only with discussion and discourse can we progress.


without it we can achieve nothing


Freedom of speech matters to me because without it I am oppressed.


Freedom of speech matters to me because it is essential for democracy


Freedom of speech matters to me because the alternative always ends badly


It is only with free speech and fully public debate that oppressive systems and forces can be overturned and democracy survive and thrive. Free speech can be uncomfortable, painful and difficult but no one promised a picnic. It is a duty, not a luxury. It requires effort, not runny-nosed obfuscation and the snivelling demands of 'safe space.'


when women are silenced, who benefits?


Freedom of speech matters to me because we are all at risk when freedom of speech is under threat.


Freedom of speech matters to me because silencing of debate is never helpful.


open and respectful debate is the only way for ideas to progress and develop. Debate with those who disagree with us may be distressing at times, but it is our responsibility to look after ourselves and each other and continue open discussion. Responding to anxiety by aggression and shutting others down helps no one


It is the essence of democracy and vital to preserve our freedom. We must have the liberty to express ourselves as citizens, question our leaders and hold each other to account.


It is a human right. Anything else condemns people to live in a closed ideological echo-chamber.


I support womens rights 100%


I am a feminist and women should be free to speak out.


inam a transgender woman who disagrees with many radfem positions. Denying them public speaking space in not conducive to debate.


Women cannot work towards liberation if we are prohibited from naming that which enslaves us. Gender is a cage.


Freedom of speech matters to me because it is the key to our future progress


Freedom of speech fundamental to democratic society


Respectful discussions about opposing viewpoints are at the core of university debate...how can we silence one viewpoint when all viewpoints are essentially subjective? How dull a world this would be.


Freedom of speech matters to me because

Every woman's voice is precious to humanity.


Nobody's voice should be muted in a democratic society. We need to listen to each other, not to those who bully us into silence.


Respectful critique sis that's speech, despite that the thought police( ironically indulging in double speak) would have us believe.


it is a fundamental human right


I got thrown out of a meeting the other day for being "transphobic" when I tried to suggest that insisting MtoF transsexuals, even before transitioning, be allowed to go to a women's aid refuge was not appropriate.


As an exited prostituted who speak out against the sex trade, I know how powerful the sex trade lobby are at closing down freedom of speech in the name of "whorephobia".


Democracy is fragile and it relies on free speech, it relies on dialogue, it relies on debate. Without democracy we are at the mercy of those who would rule & enslave us. It's a bit of a no brainer...


I like to call trans women whose dysphoria has driven them to the brink of suicide "men", and make jokes about their penises. "Man in a dress!" Hilarious!


being made afraid to speak out by being labelled as 'transphobic' (not a phobia BTW) is doing huge damage to the idea of community and common agendas.


Intellectual inquiry, by its very nature, is not 'safe' and cannot be made so by silencing others.


Freedom of speech matters to me because Women should not be silenced


Freedom of speech matters to me because

it can't be only about Charlie. Women lives matter!!


Freedom of speech matters to me because without it toxic ideologies can spread unchallenged


Currently, censorship and no-platforming are being used to silence almost entirely female voices from challenging a new orthodoxy fuelled by a specific and malicious misogynist, anti-science, anti-logic agenda that presents a danger not only to free speech, but to real life for women everywhere. It is also ridiculous for students to demand that they are cosseted and protected from hearing ideas or theories which challenge them, or make them question themselves, etc. There can be no intellectual, or, indeed, personal progression or achievement without questioning, challenge, dissent and debate, as well as sometimes investigating ideas that may perturb.


Universities are places to learn and that can't happen if people are prevented from talking and discussing a variety of views.


Without it societies will wither, bullies will rule and creativity which is the source of progress will die.

Silencing individuals because you don't like what they have to say is pure unadulterated censorship

the loss of marginalized voices depletes our world in ways we cannot accurately calculate.

People do not agree with each other on many, many topics. This disagreement can have fundamental effects on their lives. We have to learn to work through difference in the search of settlements that are acceptable from different points of view, rather than seeing difference in opinion as a battle that only can be won or lost. Making debate impossible makes finding mutually acceptable solutions also impossible. This is why I am signing this letter.

Freedom of speech matters to me because It is a basic, essential freedom in a free society

Freedom of speech matters to me because I strongly oppose transphobia, but this is the wrong way to fight it.

Because the pursuit of truth is done a great disservice when all discussion on any topic is closed. Academia should never endorse any actions that mitigate conversation beyond repudiating lies and poor research with the peer-review process.

Freedom of speech matters to me because Without it there's no real freedom of any kind.

Rachel Maddow: "Dissent is the norm in a democracy. Our political vitality depends on dissent".

Freedom of speech matters to me because Women have been silenced for too long.

Freedom of speech matters to me because women matter to me.

Freedom of speech matters to me because Without it the fascists take over and the repressions begin

We cannot shut down the development of ideas traditional to university campuses on the basis of trendy ideas and assumptions about what our opponents believe. It is vital that we be able to discuss core aspects of female oppression such as how gender is formed and the societal dynamics of prostitution.

women's voices should not be silenced. Opposing views should be aired and debated in a civilised way rather than blocked and shouted down. This is a fundamental democratic value and unless there is concrete evidence of an incitement to violence (e.g. terrorist organisations) should be upheld.

We should not be turning on one another, stifling what lies at the edge of mainstream debate and discussion. There is room for every single sort of feminism. Nobody should be excluded or no platformed. No platforming is egregiously anti-intellectual. We have bigger things to worry about!

Freedom of speech matters to me because women need to be able to discuss their oppression.

Freedom of speech matters to me because too often women are silenced by men.

Universities are a place for developing critical thought. It is essential that young people, especially young women, can access critical theory and discussion. To shut down discussion is not being a 'good liberal.'

People have died , are dying, for the freedom to speak...are we to ignore them and dishonour them!

Without it, we unable to hold those in power to account or challenge existing or emerging orthodoxies that threaten our other rights.

It is a part of freedom of action, which is integral to respect for dignity of the person.

Freedom of speech matters to me because just holding a different opinion does not equal hatred.


Freedom of speech matters to me because it serves a purpose toward equality


it is my right as a human being to listen to others' opinions, and to make my own decisions as to whether or not I agree.


Listen, discuss the issues, understand, argue, disagree, compromise, come to an agreement - none of this can happen without freedom of speech, it's how we progress and move debates forward.


Freedom of speech matters to me because I believe in equality !!


Freedom of speech matters to me because If we don't have freedom of speech we become slaves.


In a fair and equal society everyone should have a voice, and as long as they are not bullying other people, they should be free to express themselves.


If you want to know who has the real power, just look for the people you're not allowed to criticise.


At some point you need to engage with, or at least understand, those with whom you disagree


Freedom of speech matters to me because women have been silenced for too long. we aren't going back.

It is important to debate ideas and beliefs however different these may be. The question here is who is doing the silencing and to what end?


Freedom of speech matters to me because without it there's only dogma...


I believe in human rights and oppose bullying.


unless someone is advocating violence, it is important to hear diverse views and discuss them

If your argument against me was genuine you wouldn't need to silence me to get it across.


No one can tell you what to think or say.


Freedom of speech is mine. You will never take it away from me


Only by saying what we think can we be ourselves; only by listening to others saying what they think can we appreciate others' lives; only by this free exchange of ideas, feelings and thoughts do we create a better society.


Freedom of speech matters to me because I have a voice.


I have seen at first hand the harassment of women who speak out about the conduct of the sex industry. I have seen the harassment of individuals I care about for supporting women only spaces


Freedom of speech matters to me because without it - all is lost


Freedom of speech matters to me because the day we are silent is the day we give up hope.


Women are often the most common targets of censorship in order to keep their experiences hidden and to continue using ignorance as a reason to not believe them.


Freedom of speech matters to me because women have been silenced for far too long.


Freedom of speech is vital to understanding the diverse experiences of change. Without it there is silence


Freedom of speech matters to me because Women must never be silenced.


i want my thoughts & opinions challenged to develop my thinking, & I want to be able to challenge others opinions to stretch my thoughts & form my own opinions.


It is a precious right not everyone has, and should not only be confined to opinions that match our own.


Freedom of speech matters to me because I am a sensible woman.