Radical feminist J.K. Rowling has come under fire recently when she dared to make statements about what it means to be a woman, seen by some as her criticising the transgender community.
In her tweets, Rowling made statements such as ‘erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives,’ after an article was published titled ‘Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID 19 world for people who menstruate’ in which she criticised the omission of the word ‘woman’.
Her opinions, although seemingly normal to me, created outrage throughout the world of social media, with major companies such as The Body Shop tweeting Rowling to read ‘a copy of Trans Rights by @paisleycurrah’ in order to educate herself.
Furthermore, Rowling’s comments were supposedly so extreme that Harry Potter fan sites such as Leaky Cauldron and Mugglnet now refuse to link Rowling’s website in their sites, stating that Rowling showed ‘harmful and disproven beliefs about what it means to be a transgender person.’ Moreover, according to The Guardian, dour authors have even gone as far to quit Rowling’s literary agency.
For her comments, Rowling faces the ultimate penalty; not of being at the mercy of Voldemort, but of being cast to the side lines, dubbed by many as a fascist and homophobic individual, for the very act of voicing her opinions. She is now seen as an infamous ‘TERF’- a Trans-exclusionary radical feminist, showing how even a liberal feminist is vulnerable to those who want to ‘cancel’ anybody who thinks differently to them, highlighting the danger of the radical left movement who are no better than those
they claim to be against.
And yet, Rowling has more guts than most political leaders. In the face of rampant criticism, she has stuck to her guns and not given into the demands of the angry mob, a respectable move that more should follow. On the contrary, when Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab claimed he would not take the knee for Black Lives Matter Protests, I respected him for taking a strong stance that went against the leftist narrative. However he quickly u-turned, showing he is just as spineless as the rest.
Overall, Rowling is right. In cervical cancer campaigns, instead of using the word woman, campaigners have opted for the word ‘Cervix-Havers’. Women have also been referred to as ‘Pregnant People’, and with the rise of the idea that trans women should also be included as women, the separation between genders and female identity becomes even more muddled.
There is a war against female identity, and surprisingly, Rowling leads us into battle. The question of pro or anti-feminism is thrown out of the water here, it is now a question of defending what it means to be a woman, a movement that both liberal feminists and conservatives should work together in order to cast a spell against those who wish to get rid of womanhood.