Mike Adams
Recently, a man dressed as a woman – who happens to teach at UNC-Chapel Hill (http://www.cs.unc.edu/~vicci) - wrote a letter to my Chair, Dean, Provost, Chancellor, and every member of my department. Although he gave my work some unexpected exposure, his intentions were far from benevolent.

In the letter, which complains about my recent editorial (titled "Perversity and diversity at my little university") this man (claiming to be a “former” man after a sex change) stated that he has “no quibble with (my) right to (my) political beliefs nor (my) right to express them in a public forum.”

After supporting my rights to free speech, he says he is “appalled however by the bigoted and intolerant tone of (my) essay, written as it was by a Professor of Criminal Justice in the fine State of North Carolina.” He added that he is “especially concerned that (my) bigoted writings influence (my) students towards perpetuation of a long-standing culture of police and law enforcement stigmatization and persecution of transgender people.”

For the record, let it be known that I do not talk about methods of trans-gendered law enforcement in any of my classes. I seem to be behind the times.

This man dressed as a woman further stated that I ridicule “four courageous young students who are now undergoing gender transitions at other universities – ridiculing them openly by name and in grossly sexualized terms at this particularly difficult time in their lives.”

Having seen “The Vagina Monologues” I would contest the assertion that I have used “grossly sexualized terms” but, for the record, I plead guilty to the other charges.

My condemnation of these student sex changes is driven by more than my interpretation of Deuteronomy 22:5. I simply believe that it is immoral to applaud young people who want to surgically alter their genitalia before they are old enough to consume alcohol.

But this man who thinks he is a woman has greater insight:

“Adams has gone well beyond his usually rather clever liberal-baiting attention-seeking, and instead reveals a darker, less well-controlled, discriminatory side of his personality.”

He goes on to lament the “extreme level of violence against the trans community” and “incidents of terrible hate crimes against trans people” that is producing a “growing public outcry.” And, he reminds us that “The growing awareness of anti-trans violence has also led many cities to provide police special training on the dangers facing trans people.”


Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.