Renowned author JK Rowling, who has been using social media actively to continue the trivia around her famous Harry Potter series, has landed herself in a soup. Rowling drew criticism from many, including her fans, for supporting a woman, who was fired over her anti-trans social media posts.
The woman named in Rowling's tweet is a researcher named Maya Forstater, a tax expert who lost her job at a think tank after tweeting that trans-women can't "change" their biological sex.
Rowling wrote, “Dress however you please," Rowling wrote on Twitter early Thursday. "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."
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
This comes after a London judge this week upheld Maya’s dismissal, finding that her views of sexual identity were “absolutist,” even if they violate someone’s “dignity and/or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment.”
Several Potterheads called out the author for being a trans-exclusionary radical feminist aka ‘TERF’. Among those criticising her, was the Human Rights Campaign, which tweeted: “Trans women are women. Trans men are men. Non-binary people are non-binary. CC: JK Rowling.”
Here are some other reactions.
When I was little, my dream was to one day ask you how people like me would have been accomodated for in hogwarts..— Noel is entering peak holiday spirit (@notafootstool) December 19, 2019
I'm afraid that my dreams might have been crushed if I ever got that chance.
Also, It is both a scientific and medical fact that intersex individuals do exist and gender is not as binary as mainstream society is set to believe. There have been documented cases of patients born with genetically male 46 XY karyotype who have gotten pregnant and gave birth.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) December 19, 2019
This is SUCH a dangerous precedent to set. Especially now that white supremacism, racism & the far right are gaining power & ground...to contribute to this global culture war against progressive values and LGBTQ communities is totally unacceptable. I implore you reflect.— Shahmir Sanni شاه مير ساني (@shahmiruk) December 19, 2019
A spokeswoman for Rowling said that the author would not have any further comment.