J,K. Rowling, author of the famous Harry Potter novels, is now in hot water with a howling horde of Internet crybullies. These sorts of SJW dogpiling incidents can get pretty bad. In Rowling’s case, some of the harassing messages are particularly surreal. She’s a successful author, and Social Justice Warriors are a bunch of losers.
How a feminist got branded a heretic
What set it all off was a Twitter message by Maya Forstater from over a year ago which said:
What I am so surprised at is that smart people who I admire, who are absolutely pro-science in other areas, and champion human rights & womens rights are tying themselves in knots to avoid saying the truth that men cannot change into women (because that might hurt mens feelings)
She has been described as a former visiting fellow at the Centre for Global Development. It’s not stated which organization by that name it is. Most likely it’s an academic foundation connected with the University of Leeds, which seems to have a feminist angle. However, the name sounds like some sort of globalist New World Order outfit, much like a different one in the USA.
This caused her to lose her job because – sad to say – the UK is no longer a free country. She was deprived of her livelihood merely for stating a very basic fact about biology. She referred it to an employment tribunal, but she lost the appeal because she had violated the tenets of Current Year politically correct ideology. (Is it my imagination, or is “tribunal” pretty much a synonym for a kangaroo court?) As the BBC described it:
Ms Forstater, who had worked as a tax expert at the think tank Center for Global Development, was not entitled to ignore the rights of a transgender person and the “enormous pain that can be caused by misgendering”, employment judge James Tayler said.
Ms Forstater was “absolutist” in her view, he concluded in a 26-page judgement.
“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,” he continued.
“The approach is not worthy of respect in a democratic society.”
I could go into a long analysis of all the PC prose, but I’ll keep it brief:
- Translation: “Your rights end where someone else’s feelings begin.”
- Compliance with the dictates of radical gender theory is now a condition of employment.
- This judge’s tyrannical attitude is what is not worthy of respect in a democratic society.
- All that said, what’s the matter with simply unsubscribing to someone’s Twitter channel if you don’t like what she says?
J.K. Rowling became the next heretic
The famous author of the Harry Potter series also found all that to be a little much. She wrote the following, which caused her to draw heat too:
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.
Does any of that sound the least bit mean? That’s a lot nicer than what I would’ve said. Of course, the part that the SJWs object to is her suggesting that it’s wrong to deprive women of their livelihoods for expressing an opinion about a very basic biological principle. (I’ll add that this opinion happens to be true. Anyone who disagrees with sexual dimorphism can go argue with God or the forces of evolution – take your pick.) Still, all it took was one tiny Narrative violation, and The Hive swarmed and stung someone who was on their side.
SJWs want unlimited freedom for them, or their preferred groups, to do anything they want. Rowling didn’t even dispute that; her position essentially was “do whatever floats your boat”. On the other hand, SJWs don’t believe in allowing freedom to do – or even say – things they don’t like. They think people should be shut up by any means necessary if they express contradictory opinions. That’s why Maya Forstater was run out of a job. The prissy ruling by the employment tribunal enthusiastically endorsed this, with the backing of the law. What is it with British judges these days?
Now Rowling is a thought criminal too merely for trying to defend freedom of expression. (What kind of author would she be if she didn’t defend freedom of expression?) Lately, she’s been called a TERF, a loaded term which means “trans exclusionary radical feminist“. Actually, she only said that women should be free to express those opinions without losing their jobs. Men should have freedom of expression too, but that should go without saying.
Why #IStandWithMaya too
This is merely one example of a very serious problem. There’s nothing that SJWs wouldn’t do if they could get away with it. Already in Britain, these delusional snowflakes beat up an old lady for being a TERF. Unfortunately, that might be merely the beginning. When fanatical leftists attain absolute power, they start putting people in gulags for disagreeing with them. Of course, these crybullies are quite shocked and offended when rightists finally get sick of it and take off the gloves.
Note well, I do not like Rowling’s politics. In her books, she took cheap shots at rightist British politicians, with little more nuance than a spaghetti western. She also associated people who care about their ancestry with murderous snake-headed sorcerers, or very unpleasant people in thrall to them. That’s quite subtle, now isn’t it? Still, I’ll credit her for having talent and imagination, and I’ll simply hold my nose about the parts I don’t like. I’m certainly not going to try to shout her down like those SJW crybullies, or say that her career is meaningless because she said one thing with which I disagreed.
Moreover, I do not like feminism. Maya Forstater did once support a rather sinister sounding foundation. However, she’s on the side of objective reality when she says that a man who believes he’s a woman is still a man. Women – feminists or otherwise – have a lot at stake here. I could go into considerable depth on these matters, but privacy and safety are the greatest concerns.
Despite what one might’ve heard, average transsexuals (if there is such a thing) are not people with some sort of ambiguity rooted in a biological abnormality. Lately, that’s only a tiny fraction of them. Most transsexuals now are men who have a sexual fetish of pretending to be lesbians. I couldn’t fault any woman for not wanting to share a bathroom or locker room with these perverts. Lately, it’s been promoted heavily, turned into a politically fashionable mass psychosis, and even pushed onto children.
So this puts me in a rather odd position. Why would a Fascist like me care when the left starts to eat itself, like it has so many times before? First of all, I’d prefer that everyone should be able to express their opinions without fearing for their jobs. Things are better that way for everyone, right? For another matter, the leftists themselves need to realize that this Social Justice Warrior stuff has gone much too far. It’s in their best interests to clean house, get sensible again like normal liberals once used to be, and put the SJW genie back in the bottle before further damage is done.