JK Rowling and YouTuber Vaush Spar on International Women’s Day tweet
The controversy over Harry Potter Author JK Rowling’s tweet on International Women’s Day spilled over to Amerigo Vespucci Day.
On Tuesday, Rowling shared a tweet that some users found transphobic. That day, Anneliese Dodds, the shadow equality minister for the left-wing Labor Party in the UK, said on the The BBC Wife Hour radio show that there were “different definitions” of what makes a woman. Dodds was speaking during a discussion of Scotland’s Gender Recognition Reform Bill, which would make it easier for transgender people to change their legal sex.
“Someone please send the shadow equality minister a dictionary and a spine. #HappyInternationalWomensDay,” Rowling tweeted.
‘Apparently under a Labor government today will become We Who Must Not Be Named Day,’ she added.
In response, popular left-leaning YouTube personality Ian “Vaush” Kochinski slammed the writer on Tuesday afternoon.
“All JK Rowling had to do was keep quiet and she could have been loved almost uncritically for a century,” Vaush wrote. “Women are calmer and start to apologize defiantly”.
Almost exactly 24 hours later, Rowling replied, attaching a screenshot of her tweets.
“What you and your kind don’t appreciate is how tediously familiar I find your tactics. I had an abusive ex-husband who told me life would be good if I just complied, but you make the same mistake he did. Women like me can’t be bullied into resistance,” she said. wrote.
Vaush responded about 10 minutes later in the thread, speaking directly to the author.
“Listen Joanne, you can’t play the victim card when you stand up for women’s rights here,” he wrote. “Trans women are raped and killed in men’s institutions and you want to keep them there because of your trauma. Stop making your feelings the oppression of others”
He then retweeted Rowling’s complaint, accusing the author of being a “crybully,” someone who plays the victim while harassing others, according to Dictionary.com.
“Complaining about how you are victimized when you are a billionaire who mocks you for opposing civil rights is the height of bullying,” Vaush wrote.
Rowling has been repeatedly accused of transphobia. She denies any animosity towards trans people, writing, “I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of gender robs many of the ability to meaningfully discuss their lives.”
The flashpoint throwing the majority of the accusations against Rowling was her support for Maya Forstater, who was fired for tweeting against proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act that would allow people to change their legal gender.
Forstater said she doesn’t believe transgender women should be able to identify as women. She also compared transgender women to Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who led the Spokane, Washington NAACP chapter while posing as black.
“Honestly, I don’t see the difference between Rachel Dolezal’s internal feeling that she is black and a man’s internal feeling that he is a woman (i.e. a grown human woman). Neither neither has a basis in material reality,” Forstater wrote in one of the tweets. she identified as having led to her dismissal.
In an essay titled “TERF Wars” – in reference to the acronym for “Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist” – Rowling said her past abuse at the hands of her ex-husband made her fear that men would lie about the being transgender in order to access women-only spaces.
While Rowling wrote that “the majority of trans-identified people not only pose no threat to others, but are vulnerable”, she believes that “when you open the bathroom and locker room doors to any man who believes or feels a woman – and, as I said, sex confirmation certificates can now be granted without any surgery or hormones – then you open the door to all men who wish to enter. simple truth.
However, those who disagree, including the UK’s centre-left Liberal Democrats, point out that very few single-sex spaces demand anything more than someone’s word. they belong there.
“In that sense, we already have self-identification in most cases, so the claim that it would lead to a particular problem with predatory males using it as an ‘escape’ has a problem: why it doesn’t does it not already occur systematically?” the LGBT wing of the Liberal Democrats writes on its official website about debunking common anti-transgender talking points.
“The sad truth is that predatory men have many ways to target women without putting on a dress and impersonating a woman. The way to fight them is to specifically prohibit harmful behavior (as we already do),” he continues.