J.K. Rowling Tweeted Vehement Support Of A Woman Fired Over Transphobic Tweets
J.K. Rowling, Queen of After-The-Fact Irrelevant Representation, managed to disappoint people right before we end the decade, as she sent out a tweet giving support to a woman who was in the news for being fired over transphobic tweets. Yes, Miss Magical Herself has said “JK!” to being a welcoming person who accepts others, and her polyjuice potion has worn off, revealing the dementor within. Again.
A little back story on this first. Maya Forstater was a tax expert for the Centre for Global Development in London and her contract was not renewed over transphobic tweets like this:
Hey just so you all know, this is who/what JK Rowling is defending. pic.twitter.com/jGZ5pyFq96
— Aaron “Anxiety Bones” Ansuini ❄️☃️🌱✨ (@AaronLinguini) December 19, 2019
After Maya was told her contract was not being renewed due to her “offensive and exclusionary” tweets, she obviously didn’t agree with that and took her case to The Central London Employment Tribunal and a hearing was held. via The Guardian
The Central London employment tribunal convened a preliminary hearing over the issue of whether her tweets, such as “men cannot change into women”, should be protected under the 2010 Equality Act. She funded her legal challenge through the CrowdJustice website.
Forstater has been supported by Index on Censorship. Its chief executive, Jodie Ginsberg, has said previously: “From what I have read of [Forstater’s] writing, I cannot see that Maya has done anything wrong other than express an opinion that many feminists share – that there should be a public and open debate about the distinction between sex and gender.”
Judge James Tayler (yes, his name is James Tayler) ruled against Maya and upheld her firing:
But in a 26-page judgment released late on Wednesday, Tayler dismissed her claim. “I conclude from … the totality of the evidence, that [Forstater] is absolutist in her view of sex and it is a core component of her belief that she will refer to a person by the sex she considered appropriate even if it violates their dignity and/or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment. The approach is not worthy of respect in a democratic society.”
Maya responded to the decision on Twitter:
Judgement received. Bad news (for now) Stonewall law won this round.
Here is my statement in thread form.
I struggle to express the shock and disbelief I feel at reading this judgmenthttps://t.co/g149gB7rJz
— Maya Forstater (@MForstater) December 18, 2019
And many crowned J.K. Rowling as Queen of the TERFS when she defended Maya and declared that she’s on Maya’s side:
Dress however you please.
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
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 19, 2019
People were quick to roast J.K. Rowling on Twitter:
the fact that JK Rowling is a TERF really puts into perspective all the valor she felt entitled to for retroactively insisting all the Harry Potter characters were secretly queer
— Natalie Shure (@nataliesurely) December 19, 2019
Everyone who has been pointing out JK Rowling’s transphobia for several years logging onto Twitter today pic.twitter.com/BTDrNPZqH8
— Grace Petrie (@gracepetrie) December 19, 2019
JK Rowling writing books about kids standing up for what’s right and how everyone should fight against evil in defense of the greater good while being a racist, anti-Semitic, transmisogynist. Whew. Okay, sis.
— Thiccolas Sparks. (@MarsinCharge) December 19, 2019
This is not the first time J.K. has faced criticism for potential bigotry, but still, lots of people defended J.K., saying that she’s only talking about science. That led to an actual doctor slipping into her comments to say this:
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
Even Hermione disagrees with J.K.:
"Trans rights are human rights" Emma Watson 💪 pic.twitter.com/TPkSgoIQyE
— Martina Mazza (@matumazza) December 19, 2019
I watched the Harry Potter movies and skipped most of the books (all but one and half) so tell me: is there a part where the Ministry Of Magic looks into the disgusting transgender people lurking in those bathrooms that also flush/teleport you to work? Must’ve missed it.