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JK Rowling, transwomen and the Labour Party

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HeyRoly Tue 20-Mar-18 22:43:07

JK Rowling liked this tweet. I think she might be one of us. Will be interesting to see if this kicks off...

LaContessaDiPlump Tue 20-Mar-18 22:44:27

Ooh. Have thought she might be for a while. Fingers crossed!

CadyHeron Tue 20-Mar-18 23:28:35

Excellent if so, hope so!

Terftastic Tue 20-Mar-18 23:36:10

JK has certainly been called a TERF before. I've always had high hopes for her - she seems far too intelligent to fall for this crap.

WichBitchHarpyTerfThatsMe Tue 20-Mar-18 23:36:18

Excellent news, hopefully young female Harry Potter fans might be taking note of her views on this.

MyBrilliantDisguise Tue 20-Mar-18 23:41:50

I reckon she's on here.

SonicVersusGynaephobia Tue 20-Mar-18 23:57:08

She so knows, and she's too clever to fall for this shit.

Didn't she have a book with a "trans able" character?

Hulo Wed 21-Mar-18 00:03:43

I love this term brocialist I'm seeing around

Writersblock2 Wed 21-Mar-18 00:04:30

Come on, Jo! Bloody hell we could do with a well-known woman standing up about this.

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 21-Mar-18 00:15:59

She had to 'identify' as GN when she wrote Harry Potter. "JK" indeed...

Weezol Wed 21-Mar-18 00:19:22

Hulo Bromentum is run by and for Brocialists.

CadyHeron Wed 21-Mar-18 00:23:09

She had to 'identify' as GN when she wrote Harry Potter. "JK" indeed...

Ooh, good point! Yes, as a huge Harry Potter fan I've read about how she put JK instead so she would be taken more seriously as a writer if it was just initials.
Joanne Rowling? Meh, not so much. Don't get the boys wanting to pick you up and read,apparently.
JK Rowling though? Everyone wants to read as they automatically don't think you're a girl and "girly." and not worth reading as it's a "girly" book.hmm
This all back in the 90s. She knows her stuff smile

grovebeach Wed 21-Mar-18 00:25:47

Just a shame she stood by the casting of Johnny Depp even after it transpired he's a woman beater!

CadyHeron Wed 21-Mar-18 00:30:51

grovebeach nobody's perfect, if she did, nobody's going to agree on everything.
On this issue though, does it mean that you shouldn't listen and ally just because she said something in the past you disagree with?

grovebeach Wed 21-Mar-18 00:36:18

Cady I don't think that at all and I'm glad someone of her profile and influence is putting her head above the parapet. I just think it's a worthy thing to point out.

NeverTalksToStrangers Wed 21-Mar-18 00:40:08

I watched this the other day on a dvd of the Deathly Hallows and immediately thought of this topic.

CadyHeron Wed 21-Mar-18 00:45:26

Cady I don't think that at all and I'm glad someone of her profile and influence is putting her head above the parapet. I just think it's a worthy thing to point out.

Fair enough then smile
As an aside I'm finding it cool to think that I could be arguing with big names behind all this, JKRowling if you're reading I hope I haven't dismissed you as hmm in the past grin

thebewilderness Wed 21-Mar-18 01:08:41

Two of her Galbraith books have had trans characters. The Silkworm has a trans identified male and Career of Evil had a transabled character.
The protagonist in the novels, Strike, is an amputee.

Terftastic Wed 21-Mar-18 01:10:38

I've watched that interview with JK before - and found it incredibly moving. Not just about her want for powerful female characters, but her testament to motherhood.

The two mothers at the beginning and end of the story - his mother protecting him, and then Malfoy's mother saving him at the end, to save her own son. Just great. Great writing. I love JK.

"You can't just put a dress on a man and make him female" - damn right.

DryHeave Wed 21-Mar-18 02:18:43

Hagrid’s a woman and has been for 20 years...

C8H10N4O2 Wed 21-Mar-18 08:56:06

I could have made that tweet - I also remember a Labour party which was less that friendly to women and mocked and undermined campaigns like Claire Short's on page three.

I was openly told that the LP was a working men's club. This wasn't universal - there were other voices - but there was a strong stream of sexism and its still there, just as much as in the Tories.

MrPan Wed 21-Mar-18 09:00:11

Hagrid's only living as a woman.

BarrackerBarmer Wed 21-Mar-18 09:50:01


Just watched that interview where Julie Walters described Molly's visceral defence of her daughter as "coming from her womb" and it made me break down in tears.

These fundamental truths about women, and about mothers, written so perfectly by Rowling. And then this stupid and overwhelming struggle we're currently stuck in, of truth being subsumed under an avalanche of stereotypes about the feelings of men who think they are female.

I've been hoping for years that JK is one of us.
I think she is.

I hope she doesn't in fact 'out' herself if she is.
I think she could be far more helpful behind the scenes, by discreetly reaching out to one of the organisations publicly fighting for women's rights.

We are outgunned by the Pritzkers and the Rothblatts et al, and although we have facts and truth, science and fairness, we live in a post truth world where the key organisation of women's rights is now taking place in secret enclaves of women trying to push back the tide, not lose their jobs doing it, and feed their children tea at the same time.

Joanna, if you're reading, please reach out somehow to someone. We really need you.

SirVixofVixHall Wed 21-Mar-18 10:06:50

Yes. Barracker "the fundamental truths about women, about mothers". Every single person alive came out of a woman's womb. The complete lack of respect for women and their bodies inherent in identity politics makes me despair. We should be looking outwards, at this world which is still so dreadful for girls and women, in so many ways, and which we are destroying ecologically. Not inward in some endless search for "identity". I've managed perfectly well not identifying as anything. I am female, a woman, a mother.

Kyanite Wed 21-Mar-18 10:10:25

JKR will do anything to stop people voting Labour while it is a Socialist Party.

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