J.K. Rowling facing backlash after controversial comments about transgender people

Fuck her.  Writing a wildly popular series of books does not automatically make you a good person.

From The Hill:   https://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/501663-jk-rowling-facing-backlash-after-controversial-comments-about

By John Bowden
06/08/20

“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling is facing criticism from gay and transgender rights organizations after the British writer posted a tweet that many groups have said was anti-transgender.

A tweet from Rowling on Saturday commented on a headline from a news article referring to “people who menstruate,” which she suggested should have been shortened to just “women.”

“I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” she wrote.

The tweet caused Rowling’s name to trend across Twitter over the weekend and earned backlash from LGBT rights groups including GLAAD, which urged supporters to “direct your rightful anger over JK Rowling’s latest anti-trans comments into something positive.”

Book Riot, a literary website, announced it would no longer cover Rowling’s material after the comment.

Rowling has faced criticism in the past for her views on the issue and was criticized on social media in December after defending a researcher who was fired for what a judge called an “absolutist” view of transgender people and sex.

“The enormous universe of #LGBTQ young people & adults who have been inspired by JK Rowling’s work deserve better,” said Lambda Legal, a nonprofit legal group representing LGBT clients, said at the time.

See also:

HRC President Alphonso David Responds to J.K. Rowling’s Latest Transphobic Blog Post

Anti-LGBTQ hate group tries to defend Rowling’s transphobia, gets its ‘wig snatched’

Emma Watson speaks out in support of transgender community amid JK Rowling row

Daniel Radcliffe on J.K. Rowling’s anti-trans tweets: ‘Transgender women are women’

9 Responses to “J.K. Rowling facing backlash after controversial comments about transgender people”

  1. quenyar Says:

    I read her essay and I agree with it completely. She doesn’t say she has all the answers for everybody, but she has her answers and a lot of questions. This is unacceptable to the guardians of orthodoxy and she is being pilloried for expressing her own beliefs. I respect her very much and I agree with many of her opinions. Where I disagree with her on some points, I understand that her experience and understanding of the world is different from my own and I don’t expect her to express congruent attitudes to my own. Evidently tolerance is insufficient. Only lockstep obedience to the official views is allowed.
    How sad that anyone in the left could be such a retrograde ideologue as most trans advocates.

    • Suzan Says:

      I’ve listen to the Transwomen are not real women bullshit for 50+ years. When I was involved in Second Wave Feminism and Lesbian Feminism a few women found attacking transsexual women more important than fighting Phyllis Schlafly, Anita Bryant, Ronald Reagan, Jesse Helms and the rest of the Cruse Ship full of deplorable despots of the right and peddlers of Nazism.

      I’m converting to Reform Judaism and I am reminded of the Story of Ruth. It is a short book in the Tanakh (what Christians call “The Old Testament”

      But Ruth replied, “Do not urge me to leave you, to turn back and not follow you. For wherever you go, I will go; wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus and more may the LORD do to me if anything but death parts me from you.” When [Naomi] saw how determined she was to go with her, she ceased to argue with her;

      It isn’t like being a trans-woman brings with it huge rewards. Like my converting to Judaism It means being part of a tribe that has suffered great discrimination in the past including unimaginable physical violence and even today is often seen as “the other.”

      It takes no courage to be a bully, standing up for bullies does not make you some sort of iconoclast, a heroic figure daring to defend some billionaire bigot. Rowlings is clearly punching down the same way those pigs in blue were when they threw that 75 year old man to the ground knowing him might well die or suffer grevious injuries from their actions.

      I find much of the non-binary rhetoric inane, an act of young people who are forced to live with the reality of LGBT lives having slipped into the mainstream. Indeed I am not a fan of most of the gender rhetoric based in Butler and the other post-moderns. For me actions define a person not claims of identity and Simone de Beauvoir wrote what was hands down the most important book of feminist theory in the 20th Century ie “The Second Sex”

      The Harry Potter movies were entertaining, but I much prefer the writing of George Martin and the series Game of Thrones.

      • quenyar Says:

        I agree and I am sure that Ms Rowling would agree that we should not treat people differently according to their biological characteristics. She is not attacking anyone, but she is being attacked because for her and herself, she feels that her biology has had an enormous impact upon her life. She should get to define herself by her own measures and not be criticized for doing so differently than some other people. She is honest about her feelings and opinions and urges others to treat other people with the tolerance and respect that they expect for themselves. She is attacked for her questioning of some of the things that trans activists say. That is unfair and unreasonable. We should be able to question and doubt the opinions of other people without receiving 14 tons of hate mail.

        • Suzan Says:

          Why should people posting hateful opinions be able to cry victim when those who feel they are being bullied punch back. I’m sure the people punching back are punching up as I doubt any of them are billionaire writers with huge platforms. One of the dangers of being a bully is that those you are bullying might just get tired of being victims and decide to fight back. For years we sucked it up and internalized the pain. Now people fight back whether it is Black Lives Matter or transfolks.

          • quenyar Says:

            Hateful is in the eye of the beholder, I guess. I keep feeling like I did when the Jehovah Witnesses were trying to convert me. They’d point out a Biblical passage and we’d read it. Then they’d say “and this means…” and launch into a lengthy explanation. I would counter with, “but that’s not what the words we just read mean.” They responded that the words did mean that because they said they did. I read Ms Rowling’s actual words and I see a compassionate, principled person who believes in science and proven facts. I don’t see a bully or bigot. I see that she disagrees with trans-activists on a few foundational principles, like many feminists do. I see the trans community behaving like members of Westboro Baptist Church, calling her all kinds of evil names and telling her that she is a terrible human being. If nothing else, it is disproportionate. Even if she is wrong, she is honest and forthright. She’s worth a hundred of the type who agrees to anything just to appear good.

            • Suzan Says:

              Why should people posting hateful opinions be able to cry victim when those who feel they are being bullied punch back. I’m sure the people punching back are punching up as I doubt any of them are billionaire writers with huge platforms. One of the dangers of being a bully is that those you are bullying might just get tired of being victims and decide to fight back. For years we sucked it up and internalized the pain. Now people fight back whether it is Black Lives Matter or transfolks.

            • Suzan Says:

              Your comments about transfolks pushing back are very similar to those of Trump syncophants complaining about the mean people saying nasty things about him. You are defending the powerful bully against people pushing back. Here’s a clue. Ypu won’t be rewarded for your ass kissing.


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