J.K. Rowling, one of the most famous and successful authors of the last twenty years, has previously dipped her toe into the transgender ideology wars before…if only barely. Rowling, nonetheless, attracted plenty of negative attention from Woke Twitter for even these minor forays into the Field of Wrongthink. Last year, hundreds of aggrieved Harry Potter fans threatened to burn their collections after Rowling weighed in on the controversial case of Maya Forstater, a UK woman who was fired after she said on Twitter that “men cannot change into women.”
“Dress however you please,” Rowling tweeted at the time. “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.”
Rowling didn’t respond to any of the consequent backlash, but she did occasionally emerge to retweet and “like” tweets from other feminists who don’t buy into the newfangled transgender doctrine. All of this Twitter activity – as muted as it might have been – got her labeled a TERF: A Trans-Excluding Radical Feminist. Other than “conservative,” we imagine this is pretty much the worst insult the trans-accepting left can come up with.
Rather than back down, though, Rowling is digging in. On Saturday, she tweeted out her clearest feelings yet on the matter.
“If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction,” Rowling wrote. “If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”
She continued in another tweet, slamming the idea that both men and women can have their periods.
“‘People who menstruate,’” she tweeted, linking to an article using that phrase. “I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
J.K. Rowling has said quite a lot in recent years that we disagree with, but it is immeasurably refreshing to see an old-school feminist with this kind of fame and prominence show this sort of fearlessness against what she knows will be an enormous flood of hate.
It seems almost unbelievable that it would be considered hate speech in 2020 to point out that there are innate differences between men and women that cannot be resolved through any “gender identity” belief, any change of clothes, or any surgery, but here we are. Good for Rowling for actually having the guts to say so.