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Rachel Rooney bullied off twitter

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Imnobody4 Wed 03-Jun-20 16:37:31
Rachel Rooney author of exquisite My Body is Me is leaving writing and twitter due to bullying from inside publishing.
I am beyond disgusted.

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AnyOldPrion Wed 03-Jun-20 16:51:26

This is properly devastating. I saw her name linked in an article about JK Rowling yesterday and was worried how much pressure it would put her under on social media and with anti-women campaigners, but that the bullying is coming from inside the children’s publishing world is appalling.

So sorry Rachel. I will never understand, as long as I live, how so many people ended up brainwashed by this ideology.

IsabelleSE19 Wed 03-Jun-20 16:57:09

I just saw this on Twitter and am really saddened. I work on the fringes of the publishing industry and it is incredibly depressing that people can be driven out for wrongthink in this country.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 03-Jun-20 17:00:54

I read it as she would no longer write books than leave twitter? Which is far worse sad

ScrimpshawTheSecond Wed 03-Jun-20 17:37:31

Oh, no. That's really shit. Mind you, Twitter is such a cesspit, I just don't see it as a relevant website for anything rational these days.

ScrimpshawTheSecond Wed 03-Jun-20 17:39:30

This is the kind of bravery I aspire to. And I hope that one day the people who are doing the bullying realise what they've done.

Imnobody4 Wed 03-Jun-20 17:42:44

I remember children's publishing of the past as a highly professional, friendly and supportive world. I've never seen an attack on an author like this before. I just feel gutted for her. Women of principle are paying a high price, just wish there was more I could do.

When the book came out Clara Vulliamy launched a ridiculous attack. She's the daughter of the great Shirley Hughes for heaven's sake.

Clara Vulliamy, creator of the children's "Dotty Detective" series, has been critical of both the book and Transgender Trend, describing the latter on Twitter as "a political motivated trans-hostile group seeking in particular to infiltrate schools and undermine support for trans and gender-enquiring children".

According toThe Times, she hascalled on Authors Aloud, an organisation that connects writers with schools and libraries for storytelling sessions, to "be aware of this with author Rachel Rooney who is on your books," adding that "ideologically driven school visits could see us all in deep water".

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RumbaswithPumbaas Wed 03-Jun-20 17:47:52

Just bought the book, Rachel is a brave woman committed to protecting children flowers

Lordfrontpaw Wed 03-Jun-20 17:48:58

Well there’s a name to watch eh?

Mermoose Wed 03-Jun-20 18:00:31

"ideologically driven school visits could see us all in deep water"

Sometimes the irony makes my head spin.

littlbrowndog Wed 03-Jun-20 19:21:59

Oh ffs she is jus5 great. Fucking bullies

JellySlice Wed 03-Jun-20 19:26:08

I just bought the book on the back of this, even though I have no dc of appropriate age.

I automatically went to Amazon for it - unavailable "don't know when or if it will be back in stock" hmm - so I bought it from Transgender Trend instead.

WhatAWonderfulDay Wed 03-Jun-20 19:26:46

"ideologically driven school visits could see us all in deep water"

Well, quite.

BovaryX Wed 03-Jun-20 19:45:01

^ideologically driven school visits could see us all in deep water"

Sometimes the irony makes my head spin^

There is a puritanical fanaticism which has colonised so many institutions and so much public discourse. Freedom of speech is under sustained attack and critical thinking, which used to be regarded as an essential tool, has been replaced with unquestioning compliance. It's beyond parody.

Lowhum Wed 03-Jun-20 19:50:55

I didn’t know about the comments that Clara made. Her mother’s stories are lovely and the books for very small children are so innocent.
I wish that this culture of pecking people off would do one.

ScrimpshawTheSecond Wed 03-Jun-20 20:10:53


I read it as she would no longer write books than leave twitter? Which is far worse sad

Oh, fuck, no! That is appalling! I can't stand this shit any more. God damn it.

LumpySpacedPrincess Wed 03-Jun-20 20:26:22

She's not been bullied off twitter, she's been bullied out of the career she loves.

Bojohair Wed 03-Jun-20 20:28:02

Who are these anonymous social media bullies? I would love to expose them, snivelling trolls.

SisyphusLangClegRocks Wed 03-Jun-20 21:16:06

So pleased to see the outpouring of support. Enough is enough!

Gibbonsgibbonsgibbons Wed 03-Jun-20 21:46:58

And JKR is following her too

I’m so angry about this RR is exactly the kind of principled person our children should be able to look up to & her poems are fab. I’m sick of this “cancel culture” crap.

justanotherneighinparadise Wed 03-Jun-20 22:03:49

Honestly they won’t win. They think they will, but they won’t.

Stealhsquirrelnutkin Thu 04-Jun-20 15:29:47

We need to collect all this information for posterity.

I am picturing a future museum of feminist achievements, it will have a section honouring Rachael Rooney and her lovely book written to reassure children that they only get one body and it deserves to be loved. Clara Vulliamy and the all evidence of her ignominious behaviour will also be on display.

I'm picturing visiting school children making notes, and using drama to experience the bullying and witch hunting from both perspectives and discussing what they can do to spot and stop bullying and witch hunting from taking hold of their own social circles.

AnyOldPrion Fri 05-Jun-20 08:12:47

Otter-Barry Book have commented positively. If these are the small tendrils of a fight-back against cancel culture, then I will be incredibly happy.

Thanks Otter-Barry Books!

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