Author of the Harry Potter series J.K. Rowling criticized men for “policing” women’s speech in response to recent remarks made by singer Macy Gray on trans women.
Sorry.” Rowling has previously been accused of provocative remarks about the definition of a woman, which Gray made last week. “And I will say this, and everyone’s going to hate me, but as a woman, just because you change your parts doesn’t make you a woman,” Gray remarked in a Piers Morgan interview.
Gray expressed regret for her remarks when appearing on the Today Show on NBC. ” “I said a few things that didn’t sit well with people, but I never meant to hurt anyone. I regret having damaged some people, she admitted.
Rowling jumped to Gray’s rescue as she began to get criticism and abuse on Twitter from users for altering her mind.
Rowling wrote on Sunday, comparing Gray’s online harassment to her own experiences, “Endless death and rape threats, threats to one’s livelihood, being singled out by employers, physical harassment, and having one’s family address posted online alongside a photo of a bomb-making manual aren’t’ mean comments.'” Back off, she continued, if you don’t yet know what happens to women who speak out about this subject.
Rowling’s discussion with Seth Dillon, CEO of the parody Christian news website The Babylon Bee, continued. In addition to calling the remarks beyond “mean,” he stated Rowling had “a backbone,” and he implied that those who were denouncing Gray were also supporting Rowling.
Rowling responded, “I’m not OK with white guys publicly teaching black women how to behave themselves, nor am I OK with men labeling women cowards when they never have to face this thing themselves. Men who regulate women’s speech and behavior out of habit are not allies.
On Monday morning, she maintained her position on the matter, responding once more to men who suggested she should support those who were critical of Gray and modify her part regarding the definition of a woman.
“Men in my mentions urging me I should back the ‘right’ position-bullying of other women: you’re advocating that I become what I loathe. The misogynist movement that women are currently combating employs those strategies.
“If your only contribution to the discussion on the erosion of women’s rights is to wade in and start lecturing and haranguing women on how to behave and think, you’ve got far more in common with what I’m standing against than you have with me,” she wrote in a subsequent tweet.
Rowling disclosed the amount of current internet abuse she has experienced. On July 1, she posted a screenshot of a tweet that included an image of Rowling, a pipe bomb, a guide to building bombs, and her family’s address.
Rowling’s tweet received a response from self-described “theocratic fascist” Matt Walsh. He commended her for her prior bravery in addressing gender issues. He denounced others who had “just caved into the demands of trans activists and entirely sacrificed truth and reality to them.” Rowling partially agreed, but she clarified where she drew the line. Many organizations I once admired have blindly accepted this philosophy, but I reserve my rage for them rather than calling specific women “cowards.”
The public’s perception of Rowling, the renowned author of the Fantastic Beasts film series and the Harry Potter books, appears to have evolved recently. She has been compared to people like Dave Chappelle and Magaret Atwood, the author of The Handmaid’s Tale, who has also received backlash for what is thought to be their positions on the trans community.