Sociology and #UofTFeministStrong


The beginning of term was overshadowed this year by a couple of online threats that targeted female faculty and students in Sociology and Women’s Studies.

The Sociology department condemns the repugnant online threats made to members of our faculty, teaching staff, and students. We are proud of the amazing scholarship and teaching of all the members of our department including those who focus on gender and who use a feminist lens in their work. We will support their work and teaching in every way possible and stand together as scholars opposed to intimidation and violence against any member of our community.

These threats were disturbing and, as acts of violence themselves, they did damage.

We are grateful for the outpouring of support both from the wider university community and from across the country. Thank you to the many people and organizations who have shown great support for our department, including all of those who posted on social media using the hashtag #UofTFeministStrong, and:

Our own Sociology Graduate Students who wrote both an open letter and a Blog post that appeared on

York University Professor Meg Luxton who prepared a door sign: “A feminist professor works here – stand up to violence against women”.

The Canadian Sociology Association.

U of T President Meric Gertler.

The University of British Columbia’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice.

University of Ottawa Chair of Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies
who wrote: “On behalf of my colleagues at the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa, we stand in solidarity with all feminist colleagues and students at the University of Toronto. Death threats issued against them are unacceptable and those found responsible must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Feminism’s message of social justice and equality between all persons (regardless of affiliation, belief, social status, citizenship or ability) must remain central to the academy. We will not allow this message to be silenced.”