The transgender movement has galvanized many on the right and the left. Even super-leftists bordering on avid socialists have taken issue with the idea gender isn't real and that men are women if they believe themselves female. J.K. Rowling is one such avid leftist who's calling out the naked emperor. She released a comprehensive, powerful essay on why she thinks the transgender activist movement is wrong, harmful to women, and must be stopped. I encourage everyone to
read the full essay on her website
. Before I run through some notable highlights, let me point out the obvious: yes,
Rowling is very much the social justice warrior type
and in recent years has been a little obnoxious about it. But I'm not a believer in cancel culture. On this issue, Rowling is spot on, and considering her level of influence, her voice matters. Far too many people in media, entertainment, and academia have caved to societal pressure to conform or else. J.K. Rowling isn't budging. She's doubling down.
Much of her essay is personal, laying bear issues from her past. She voices support for "transgender rights" but not in the way transgender activists demand those rights. Like everyone else, Rowling is calling for people to be respected. But that includes women being allowed their spaces away from men.
She even admits that had she been born 30 years later, she may have been pressured to transition, as her father was very clear he'd rather have had a boy.
As I didn't have a realistic possibility of becoming a man back in the 1980s, it had to be books and music that got me through both my mental health issues and the sexualised scrutiny and judgement that sets so many girls to war against their bodies in their teens. Fortunately for me, I found my own sense of otherness, and my ambivalence about being a woman, reflected in the work of female writers and musicians who reassured me that, in spite of everything a sexist world tries to throw at the female-bodied, it's fine not to feel pink, frilly and compliant inside your own head; it's OK to feel confused, dark, both sexual and non-sexual, unsure of what or who you are.
Also of note, Rowling said what many would rather ignore: that most gender dysphoric people grow out of their dysphoria. Cover your eyes, media.
I want to be very clear here: I know transition will be a solution for some gender dysphoric people, although I'm also aware through extensive research that studies have consistently shown that between 60-90% of gender dysphoric teens will grow out of their dysphoria
A man who intends to have no surgery and take no hormones may now secure himself a Gender Recognition Certificate and be a woman in the sight of the law. Many people aren't aware of this.
Here's where it's getting to the parts where I nearly cried with joy:
But, as many women have said before me, 'woman' is not a costume. 'Woman' is not an idea in a man's head. 'Woman' is not a pink brain, a liking for Jimmy Choos or any of the other sexist ideas now somehow touted as progressive. Moreover, the 'inclusive' language that calls female people 'menstruators' and 'people with vulvas' strikes many women as dehumanising and demeaning. I understand why trans activists consider this language to be appropriate and kind, but for those of us who've had degrading slurs spat at us by violent men, it's not neutral, it's hostile and alienating.
Bingo. To reduce what it means to be a woman to stereotypes and my bodily functions is disgusting, dehumanizing and vulgar. It would be like reducing men to ejaculators, or "people with nocturnal emissions." Or else "people who can't always get it up." It likely wouldn't be tolerated, and yet transgender activists are trying to reduce women to their parts. It's incredibly sexist.
So I want trans women to be safe. At the same time, I do not want to make natal girls and women less safe. When you throw open the doors of bathrooms and changing rooms to any man who believes or feels he's a woman – and, as I've said, gender confirmation certificates may now be granted without any need for surgery or hormones – then you open the door to any and all men who wish to come inside. That is the simple truth.
It's a simple truth that's born out in female only spaces.
Like female-only prisons
. Some men are predatory, and will use any means necessary to prey on women. This should be a no-brainer. Yet despite this biological reality, first world governments are racing to see who can erase female rights, female safe-spaces the fastest. They are eroding centuries of women fighting for equal rights by favoring men.
I spent much of Saturday in a very dark place inside my head, as memories of a serious sexual assault I suffered in my twenties recurred on a loop. That assault happened at a time and in a space where I was vulnerable, and a man capitalised on an opportunity. I couldn't shut out those memories and I was finding it hard to contain my anger and disappointment about the way I believe my government is playing fast and loose with womens and girls' safety.
I'm going to include just one more pull quote then again urge you to read the full
. Rowling touches on cancel culture, how it would've been easier to just shut up if not go along with what the approved narrative is, but obviously she won't be silenced.
It would be so much easier to tweet the approved hashtags – because
trans rights are human rights and
trans lives matter – scoop up the woke cookies and bask in a virtue-signalling afterglow. There's joy, relief and safety in conformity. As Simone de Beauvoir also wrote, "… without a doubt it is more comfortable to endure blind bondage than to work for one's liberation; the dead, too, are better suited to the earth than the living."
She didn't just go along to get along. She didn't conform. A deeply left feminist is charging the way for women's rights against men dressed up as ladies. She'll be fighting plenty of
men along the way
, as well as plenty of supposed "feminists" eager to scoop up the "woke cookies."
I'll note again that the two most prominent anti-transgender activist leaders, who are calling the movement for what it is, defending actual women's rights, are two British self-made millionaires: J.K. Rowling and Ricky Gervais. Not American sport's figures. Not any Hollywood glitterati we're told to respect and worship. Not any notable political leaders. It's been very disappointing to watch how our supposed "leaders" are anything but. Instead, it's an author and a comedian over in the olde country who are battling it out for women's rights and safety from men.