“I refuse to bow down to a movement that I believe is doing demonstrable harm in seeking to erode ‘woman’ as a political and biological class and offering cover to predators like few before it,” stated “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling in a Wednesday blog post that seemed to set the internet on fire.

What movement was she talking about?  The transgendered movement.

After Rowling said gender is real and not a mental state, she’s suffered “endlessly unpleasant” targeting online by transgendered activists and their allies.

Here were her “controversial statements” over the weekend:

“If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”

These comments, which would have seemed like common sense not too long ago, are now causing threats and online harassment. However, many people have been emailing the author and expressing that it means a lot for her to speak up despite the backlash. 

In Rowling’s blog post, she powerfully addresses several reasons why she refuses to accept that gender is a mental state. She says, “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”

She’s right.  Being a woman is more than just putting silicone implants in your chest. The idea that a man who does that is somehow a woman is insulting and dehumanizing.

Rowling offers five reasons why she refuses to back down. 

  • Number one: She donates large sums of money to further research in various diseases that affect men and women differently. If the trans movement reaches legislation, than the definition of sex would be changed and affect her research.
  • Number two: As a former teacher, Rowling is concerned with the effects the trans movement would have on teaching and safeguarding young children. 
  • Number three: JK Rowling has actively defended freedom of speech. She even defends President Donald Trump from people who wanted to ban him from England. She spoke of how his freedom of expression is more important than people’s feelings, even if she disagrees with him. 
  • Number four: She is concerned by the 4400% increase in young women who want to transition. Being young and a woman is hard and confusing, and claiming that you can just turn into a man is insulting and demeaning to those women who are survivors.
  • Number five: Rowling had an abusive marriage that deeply traumatized her. Claiming that gender is not real gives men the power to further attack women and put themselves in places like dressing rooms. If gender is not real, then fewer measures will be taken to defend women.

Fighting for your beliefs is not always easy, but Rowling precisely explains why going along with this lie that gender is not binary is actually destructive and dangerous. You can sit back and call her a transphobe, but really she is defending women and men’s rights, by refusing to act like they no longer exist. 

Hat tip: Pen America, JK Rowling’s Blog, Christian Post

Image Credit: Wikimedia

 

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Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.