In fact, trying to silence anyone who dares disagree with him seems to be a major endeavor of Mr. Williams. He maintains tight control over who can post replies on his blog. When I first encountered him, I got into a debate with him on his personal blog, and I quickly realized that he is extremely intellectually dishonest. He tried, repeatedly, to use logical fallacies, and dishonest debating techniques to narrowly define the parameters of the debate to his advantage. I refused to allow him that control, and he quickly banned me. He then posted about "the Jennifer Shuffle," his mocking term for my refusal to allow him a dishonest upper hand.
He has been both dishonest, and quite vicious in his ad hominem attacks on opponents. His ongoing war against Victoria Brownworth, and other women who do not share his rather absurd opinions. Mr. Williams is on a crusade to crush this source of dissent from the transgender idiocy. Ironically, his approach is remarkably similar to one of the cartoons from the website he gloats about that was removed. Men accusing women of making up rapes, or in this case, threats of rape.
And given any opportunity, he will resort to the most vicious, and dishonest, of ad hominem attacks. If he finds the slightest flaw, it suddenly becomes a major defect. Even if that flaw is a figment of his imagination. Or, perhaps, something manufactured to provide a basis for a lie.
But just as striking as the viciousness shown to his opponents is, something else is equally striking...the absence of any logical arguments. Oh, Mr. Williams will carry on for days when someone declines to be suckered into one of his dishonest debating forums. No one with a shred of sense would agree to that. But Mr. Williams will only debate when he controls the forum.
So, what is the bottom line here? It brings us back to the original question...what is Mr. Williams so afraid of? Why does he work so hard at misdirection? Could it be that the truth is the one thing he fears?
Like how he totally rejects the concept of male privilege, but then invents an imaginary "cis privilege" which he throws out every chance he gets? Sort of a red herring, one might say. Or how he is so quick to claim that Victoria Brownworth has filed a false report against him, but he encourages others to do exactly that. Not, of course, that he would be stupid enough to risk it...but he hopes someone will do his dirty work for him.
Transadvocate, the website he is now editor of, has numerous examples of his approach. In the past three months, he has obsessed over what he terms "TERFs" or Trans Exclusive Radical Feminists. He has devoted article after article, not to actually refuting their logic, but to tossing ad hominem on top of ad hominem in an attempt to bully them into silence.
And when Mr. Williams does attempt to make an argument, it is pretty much inevitably a miss-mash of several logical fallacies. From straw men, to the bandwagon fallacy, he pretty much runs the gamut. He cherry picks his authorities, and jumps at a false cause.
Oh well, I guess when you are defending the indefensible, you don't have much else you can use.
Update: Wow, the "ink" wasn't even dry on this post before Mr. Williams did it again...
In a headline article titled The TERF Empire Declares War Against Trans People Mr. Williams cranks up the rhetoric and rolls out a number of logical fallacies. This, uh, "declaration of war" is actually a rather well written letter sent to Mr. Dallas Denny (no need to put his name in quotes since that is his male, birth name. The last I heard, the middle name is still Henry.) that points out a pretty solid strategy for dealing with the task of "...questioning transgender as a valid political movement..."
So, what horrible crimes do these war-declaring, uh, TERFs, plan? Well, here is an example:
Ideologically, as educators and women, some feminist, others not, we see the classroom as an open space designed for the investigation of controversial ideas and a forum to embrace our commitment equally to academic freedom, women’s rights and free expression. Our students deserve no less from us. These freedoms that we exercise (even if it really pisses you off) are above all sacred. But so too is teaching, and helping students to make sense of what is going on in the world. We highly doubt any student is so profoundly unsophisticated or uncritical as to accept the canard of hate speech that you attempt to make. Students know bulls**t when it presented. These undergraduates will arrive at more honest and apt conclusions simply by drawing facts into the conversation. In other words you do not get an opportunity to lie like a rug on our watch. We will dismantle the basic claim of “transgender” oppression. Once exposed the list of fraudulent claims that follow falls apart.Wow! No wonder Mr. Williams is so furious... They are doing the one thing he fears...exposing his claims to the light. Ah, but it get's even better:
In the classroom the first order of the day will confront the ever ubiquitous over used manipulative claim of “transphobia”—which sounds hollow when students see that the primary victims are natal women who happen to hold opinions and write things that you and others do not happen to like. Again we will address, why? The claim of transphobia, once undressed and parsed is revealed as a bullying and shaming tactic used specifically against natal women. A point-by-point analysis of all the false analogies will speak to the ever-worsening manipulations of a misogynistic movement. The classroom will be a platform to pursue truth, and students will have opportunities to check facts and question the use of statistics and finally realize that movements lie and some are bigger bulls**t masters than others.I had intended to mention how Mr. Williams trots out "transphobia" ever time someone disagrees with him, but I forgot to. But, they didn't.
Oh, and this part is also quite good:
We are not using anything by which any our identities are accessible to you or any other person that has demonstrated a past inclination and criminal like pathology to threaten or slander women. You both have demonstrated this pathology clearly. This is not only a logistical decision; the choice is made in consideration of our physical safety—yes “die cis scum” has a kind of scary ring to it. Simply put, we’re “stealth”. We’re confident that you realize this piece of correspondence is not meant in anyway to be interpreted as part of dialogue. It is meant to let you know that you just secured Sheila Jeffreys another generation and your attempts to censor her are a case study in: the reach exceeds the grasp. By the time we are done the transgender movement and those names attached will be more accurately seen as like carnival hucksters and boss man thugs and Sheila Jeffreys will drop a note on personal stationary thanking you for the spike in sales.I can't say as how I blame them at all. Both Mr. Denny, and Mr. Williams can be rather scary. They both seem too smart to actually be linked to a threat, but they are more than willing to have an anonymous cohort do it for them.
You can read the entire letter here. And you really should. Read it, and read Mr. Williams' totally absurd article that makes it sound like the, uh, TERFs are planning a lynching party or something.
A funny thought... Mr. Williams has put a lot of effort into having the, uh, TERFs, declared a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Read the letter, and imagine that this was the sort of tactic used by, oh, say...the Ku Klux Klan, or other, REAL hate groups. I don't know about you, but I think if they did, the world would be a much kinder, and gentler, place.