Female student, 29, who said ‘women have vaginas’ and are ‘not as strong as men’ faces disciplinary action by university after fellow classmates complained about the ‘offensive and discriminatory’ comments
- Lisa Keogh facing disciplinary action at Abertay University in Dundee, Scotland
- The student said women were born with female genitals during a video seminar
- She was reported to university’s chiefs by her classmates following the debate
A student who said women were born with female genitals and claimed the difference in physical strength between men and women ‘was a fact’ is facing disciplinary action by her university.
Lisa Keogh, 29, who studies law at Abertay University in Dundee, Scotland, was reported to university chiefs by her classmates after she said that women were not as physically strong as men.
The mature student, who is in her final year, is now facing a formal investigation by the university for the ‘offensive’ and ‘discriminatory’ comments.
The mother-of-two said she had been taking part in a video seminar about gender feminism and the law when she raised concerns about trans women taking part in mixed martial arts.
Lisa Keogh, 29, who studies law at Abertay University in Dundee, Scotland, is facing a formal investigation by the university for comments that were deemed ‘offensive’ and ‘discriminatory’
After telling her classmates that a women who had testosterone in her body for 32 years would be genetically stronger than the average woman, the mature student was accused of calling women the ‘weaker sex’.
She told The Times: ‘I thought it was a joke. I thought there was no way that the university would pursue me for utilising my legal right to freedom of speech.’
Following the debate, in which Ms Keogh claims she was muted by her lecturer, the mature student was met with a flurry of abuse from her fellow classmates.
Ms Keogh, who is being supported by Joanna Cherry QC, the SNP MP for Edinburgh South West, continued: ‘I didn’t intend to be offensive but I did take part in a debate and outlined my sincerely held views.’
She added: ‘I wasn’t being mean, transphobic or offensive. I was stating a basic biological fact.’
The mother-of-two now fears her ambitions of becoming a lawyer may be jeopardised by the disciplinary action by her university.
MailOnline has contacted Abertay University for comment.
The incident comes just a year after economics lecturer Dr Eva Poen was accused of transphobia by feminist and LGBT students over a tweet in which she said ‘only female people menstruate’.
The mature student was reported to university chiefs by her classmates after she said that women were not as physically strong as men
Furious undergraduates at the University of Exeter condemned the lecturer accusing her of ‘openly singling out trans people’ in the posts.
The row erupted when Dr Poen responded to a tweet by a Twitter user which read: ‘Not everyone who menstruates is female. Not everyone who is female menstruates. Let’s shift our language.’
The lecturer, who strongly denied accusations of transphobia, wrote back: ‘Only female people menstruate. Only female people go through menopause.’
In 2018, student lecturer Angelos Sofocleous, who was assistant editor at Durham University’s philosophy journal ‘Critique’, was fired in a transphobia row after he tweeted that ‘women don’t have penises’.
Mr Sofocleous was sacked from his post after just three days for writing a tweet deemed ‘transphobic’ by fellow students.
The student lecturer re-tweeted an article by The Spectator on his Twitter titled ‘Is it a crime to say women don’t have penises?’, with the comment: ‘RT if women don’t have penises’.