Letters & Correspondence

Further letter to Change.org regarding Posie Parker


On 9th May we wrote to Change.org about the fact that it had taken down a petition by one of our members. Kellie-Jay Keen, more commonly known as Posie Parker, had her petition taken down on the grounds that it was “identified as hate speech”. The petition read: “Keep the dictionary definition of woman to mean adult human female.” This was in response to another petition calling for the Oxford English Dictionary to change the definition of woman to include “transgender woman”. Change.org claims to be a politically neutral platform that believes in free speech, yet it has taken down Posie Parker’s petition and left the other one on its platform where it has attracted nearly 35,000 signatures. We asked Change.org to reinstate Posie Parker’s petition, admit they were wrong to remove it and acknowledge that saying a woman is an adult human female is not “hate speech”. We haven’t received a reply so I wrote to Change.org again on 6th June.