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Terf Wars, officially titled J.K. Rowling Writes about Her Reasons for Speaking out on Sex and Gender Issues, is an article by the totally not transphobic J.K. Rowling, laying out the reasons for her public opposition to the transes.

We will see how valid these reasons may be.

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Introduction and Maya Forstater[edit]

This isn’t an easy piece to write, for reasons that will shortly become clear, but I know it’s time to explain myself on an issue surrounded by toxicity. I write this without any desire to add to that toxicity.

For people who don’t know: last December I tweeted my support for Maya Forstater, a tax specialist who’d lost her job for what were deemed ‘transphobic’ tweets. She took her case to an employment tribunal, asking the judge to rule on whether a philosophical belief that sex is determined by biology is protected in law. Judge Tayler ruled that it wasn’t.
Forstater's tweets certainly exceeded "a philosophical belief that sex is determined by biology". Most notably, a political cartoon of someone (presumably meant to be a trans woman) flashing two women at a pool, captioned with "It's all right, it's a woman's penis". This is, to say the least, blatantly transphobic, and plays into the thoroughly discredited trope that all trans women are sexual predators. To be brief: a man is just as capable of entering a room as a woman[citation NOT needed], rape is still illegal, places with transgender protections do not see a rise in sexual assaults, and no one pre-op would want to undress in the presence of other women in the first place.


This is followed by, to paraphrase, "an AMAB genderfluid person receiving an award for women in business is misogyny" and a link to an article [1] describing how calling a person "she" is the same thing as legalizing rape. Allegedly indeed.

Internet persecution[edit]

My interest in trans issues pre-dated Maya’s case by almost two years, during which I followed the debate around the concept of gender identity closely. I’ve met trans people, and read sundry books, blogs and articles by trans people, gender specialists, intersex people, psychologists, safeguarding experts, social workers and doctors, and followed the discourse online and in traditional media. On one level, my interest in this issue has been professional, because I’m writing a crime series, set in the present day, and my fictional female detective is of an age to be interested in, and affected by, these issues herself, but on another, it’s intensely personal, as I’m about to explain.Almost nobody is materially affected by the existence of trans people to any significant degree. Less than 1 percent of the population, whose biggest demands are to be left alone and common courtesy.

All the time I’ve been researching and learning, accusations and threats from trans activists have been bubbling in my Twitter timeline. This was initially triggered by a ‘like’. When I started taking an interest in gender identity and transgender matters, I began screenshotting comments that interested me, as a way of reminding myself what I might want to research later. On one occasion, I absent-mindedly ‘liked’ instead of screenshotting. That single ‘like’ was deemed evidence of wrongthink, and a persistent low level of harassment began.Someone said mean things about me on the internet! This is literally 1984! Rowling is a public figure, and as a public figure her actions will be seen by many, many people. An endorsement of transphobia might not mean much coming from your average Joe, but from a bestselling author it carries much more weight.

  1. https://uncommongroundmedia.com/banned-from-medium-pronouns-are-rohypnol/