Kathleen Stock photographed in her garden at her home in Sussex. Her 2021 book, Material Girls: Why Reality Matters for Feminism, offers a critical discussion of gender identity theory. Kathleen Stock OBE is a British philosopher and writer. She was a professor of philosophy at the University of Sussex until 2021. She has published academic work on aesthetics, fiction, imagination, sexual objectification, and sexual orientation.
Her views on transgender rights and gender identity have become a contentious issue.In December 2020, she was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of services to higher education, a decision which was subsequently criticised by a group of 600 academic philosophers who argued that Stock's "harmful rhetoric" contributed to the marginalisation of transgender people. In October 2021, a student campaign called for her dismissal, leading to a group of over 200 academic philosophers from the UK signing an open letter in support of Stock's academic freedom.