Sex, gender and gender identity

Academic Publications

Sullivan, A. (2021) Sex and the Office for National Statistics: A Case Study in Policy Capture, Political Quarterly.

Suissa, J. and Sullivan, A. (2021) The Gender Wars, Academic Freedom and Education, Journal of Philosophy of Education.

Sullivan, A. (2020). Sex and the census: Why surveys should not conflate sex and gender identity. International Journal of Social Research Methodology23(5), 517-524. Open access version SSRN.

Sullivan, A. (2020). Response to Fugard and HinesInternational Journal of Social Research Methodology23(5), 539-540.

Other Writing

Why UCL are shutting the door on Stonewall The Critic, 2nd February 2022.

Why social scientists still need data on sex – not only gender identity The Conversation, 21st December 2021.

Has Athena Swan Lost its Way? BERA blog, 21st November 2021.

Why we need data on both sex and gender identity Political Quarterly, 27th July 2021

Coronavirus shows why it’s vital to distinguish sex and gender Spectator, 11th May 2020

UCU must stand up for academic freedom on sex and gender. Times Higher Education, 19th April 2019.

Should feminists be no-platformed? Morning Star. May, 2019. (refers to motion to UCU congress HE32 on Academic Freedom, which fell).

Sullivan, A. and Suissa, J. 2019. The gender wars, academic freedom and education. BERA blog, 25th January 2019.

Recorded Talks

OU Gender Critical Network, Interview with Professor Jo Phoenix, 21st July 2021.

Savage Minds podcast on gender ideology, academic freedom and data collection, 28th January 2021.

Evidence to Women and Equalities Committee, UK Parliament Commons Select Committee, Oral Evidence Session, Reform of the Gender Recognition Act, 9th December 2020.

A Woman’s Place is in Conversation: Sex in the Census A Woman’s Place UK, 19th October 2020.

Sex and the Census Royal Statistical Society, 18th September 2020.

Academic Freedom, Anti-Intellectualism and Misogyny, Cambridge University, 5th December 2019.

Special Interest Group

UCL Women’s Liberation

Submitted Evidence

Submission to the Scottish Parliament Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee, PE1876/H: Accurately record the sex of people charged or convicted of rape or attempted rape, August 2021. FOI response in connection with this.

Written evidence submitted by Professor Alice Sullivan; Professor Judith Suissa; Dr Holly Smith; Professor Gemma Moss; Professor Lesley Gourlay; Dr Ralph Wilde; Ms Anja Boeing; Dr d’Reen Struthers; Professor Adam Swift (UCL), Freedom of Expression Inquiry, May 2021.

Response to Scotland’s Chief Statistician’s Draft Guidance regarding
Data Collection on Sex and Gender
, 12th February 2021.

Oral Evidence, Reform of the gender Recognition Act, Women and Equalities Select Committee, 9th December 2020. Transcript.

Written evidence submitted by Professor Alice Sullivan, Dr Amanda Gosling, Professor Nick Allum, Professor Tarani Chandola, Dr Colin Mills and Professor Lindsay Paterson (GRA0992), Women and Equalities Committee: Reform of the Gender Recognition Act, November 2020.

Letter to UK Census Authorities, sent 12th December 2019, Copied to Scottish Parliamentary Committee 18th December 2019.

Selected Media

It is mothers, not fathers, who pay the price of parenthood, Letter to The Guardian, 9th March 2022.

Count sex not gender identity to appease feminists, advises charity. Ewan Somerville, Sunday Telegraph, 9th January 2022.

Scheme designed to promote women in academia has been ‘destroyed’ by trans lobby, critics warn. Gabriella Swerling, Telegraph, 30th November 2021.

« Certaines de mes conférences ont dû être protégées par des agents de sécurité » : les universités britanniques confrontées à la bataille du genre. Cécile Ducourtieux, Le Monde, 3rd December 2021. PDF.

BBC Nolan Investigates. Episode 6: Is Government too Close to Stonewall? 13th October 2021.

The guardians of facts surrender to ideology. Janice Turner, The Times, 10th March 2021.

Census gender question gets changed as everyone will now be asked to declare their sex rather than what they identify as, Daily Mail, 25th January 2021.

Sex question back on Census in Blow to Trans Lobby, Times, 24th January 2021.

BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, On why asking about sex matters in the census, 14th January 2021.

Stonewall’s new boss Nancy Kelley let census expert be no-platformed, The Sunday Times, 24th May 2020.

Woman’s Place UK is not a ‘trans-exclusionist hate group’, Letter to The Guardian, 20th February 2020.

Census fears over gender identity, Letter to The Sunday Times, 15th December 2019.

Sex Question Catapults census into Trans War, Sunday Times, 15th December 2019.