Dress however you please.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 19, 2019
Call yourself whatever you like.
Sleep with any consenting adult who’ll have you.
Live your best life in peace and security.
But force women out of their jobs for stating that sex is real? #IStandWithMaya #ThisIsNotADrill
As a gay man that found safety in Hogwarts throughout my childhood – knowing that Trans people wouldn’t be able to have that safety breaks my heart.— Shahmir Sanni ??? ??? ???? (@shahmiruk) December 19, 2019
A man followed a young girl into a bathroom at Gastonia Target, saying he identified as a woman. The man’s teeth were knocked out by the girl’s father, who says he identifies as the tooth fairy.— Alfonzo Cortez (@AlfonzoCortez4) December 19, 2019
This is the dad and his daughter pic.twitter.com/YNgJWGjYFk
Trans women are women.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) December 19, 2019
Trans men are men.
Non-binary people are non-binary.
CC: JK Rowling.
Vox is getting totally ratioed by Nazis over my JKR article, so to spite them all, please click on it one more time: https://t.co/tQPBw0jRl5— Aja Romano (@ajaromano) December 19, 2019
(The weapon we have is love, but we also have clicks lol) pic.twitter.com/OmqNL9wGzO
While I was out Christmas shopping yesterday, I saw the Twitter mob descend on J.K. Rowling for gently pushing back against the intersection of cancel culture and the militant transgender activists who are demanding that sex be treated as a social construct. It is now a controversial opinion for women to say in public that sex has a biological basis.
“A tweet may be limited to only 280 characters, but it can convey so much more. In the case of celebrated author J.K. Rowling, who rose to fame with her best-selling Harry Potter series of wizardry and other fantastic tales, a single tweet she sent Thursday confirmed suspicions that she is a TERF.
“TERF” is an acronym for transgender exclusionary radical feminist, a term reportedly coined more than a decade ago by a cisgender heterosexual woman who works as a writer in Sydney, Australia. To some, TERF is a slur; to others, a descriptive. Viv Smythe wrote in The Guardian last year that the term she invented has “been weaponized at times by both those who advocate trans-inclusion in feminist/female spaces, and those who push for trans-exclusion from female-only spaces.”
While Rowling did not go so far as to advocate for physical exclusion of trans women, her tweet — her first in a month — makes clear she supports those who argue against including trans women in the very idea of “female.”
Transsexuals are taking over female spaces.
In the UK, this all started when a TERF (trans exclusionary radical feminist) named Maya Forstater lost her job at a think tank for tweets like “men cannot change into women” and “it is unfair and unsafe for trans women to compete in women’s sport” and comments like “I believe that there are only two sexes in human beings and indeed in all mammals: male and female.”
She filed a complaint with the Central London employment tribunal and claimed that her tweets were protected by the 2010 Equality Act. The judge in the case recently ruled that her view that sex is biological is not “worthy of respect in a democratic society.”
This was Forstater’s response after losing the case:
“My belief … is that sex is a biological fact, and is immutable. There are two sexes, male and female. Men and boys are male. Women and girls are female. It is impossible to change sex. These were until very recently understood as basic facts of life by almost everyone.“…
This judgment removes women’s rights and the right to freedom of belief and speech. It gives judicial licence for women and men who speak up for objective truth and clear debate to be subject to aggression, bullying, no-platforming and economic punishment.
“I will consider the judgment closely with my legal team to determine what can be done to challenge it.”
She is right.
This is exactly what the consequences will be as we saw yesterday when J.K. Rowling expressed her sympathy on Twitter, but this is only part and parcel of living under the slippery slope that is liberal democracy. Your life is consumed by a perpetual state of social revolution.