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JK Rowling demands end to ‘climate of fear’ in trans debate; received ‘heartbreaking’ stories of women regretting irreversible gender surgeries

British author J.K. Rowling has called for an end to the “climate of fear” regarding the debate about transgender individuals in a new interview that is certain to spur an uproar.

“Many are afraid to speak up because they fear for their jobs and even for their personal safety,” Rowling said in an interview with Good Housekeeping magazine. “This climate of fear serves nobody well, least of all trans people.”

Since Rowling has been speaking her mind on the trans debate, she has received harsh condemnation as well as death and rape threats. But the 55-year-old writer alleges that “more than 90 percent of the letters and emails have been supportive.”

“My correspondence have included medical staff, social workers, prison workers, workers in women’s refuges, and members of the LGBT community, including trans people,” Rowling claimed.

“I believe everybody should be free to live a life that is authentic to them, and that they should be safe to do so,” the “Harry Potter” author said. “I also believe that we need a more nuanced conversation around women’s rights and around the huge increase in numbers of girls and young women who are seeking to transition.”

Rowling claimed to have received “heartbreaking letters” from young women, who “regret the irreversible surgeries they’ve undertaken.” She said these stories from women regretting their irreversible gender reassignment surgery “need to be told.”

This follows the Keira Bell case in Britain, where the 23-year-old sued the British National Health Service’s gender-identity youth clinic for prescribing her puberty blockers at the age of 16. Bell blamed the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, which runs the U.K’.s only gender identity development service for children, for not doing enough to “challenge” her decision to transition to a male.

Earlier this month, the judges’ ruling stated, “It is highly unlikely that a child aged 13 or under would be competent to give consent to the administration of puberty blockers.”

“It is doubtful that a child aged 14 or 15 could understand and weigh the long-term risks and consequences of the administration of puberty blockers,” the judges said.

“In respect of young persons aged 16 and over, the legal position is that there is a presumption that they have the ability to consent to medical treatment,” the ruling read.

Bell had a double mastectomy at age 20 with hopes to “achieve happiness.” When the surgery didn’t bring joy, Bell began to de-transition last year, describing the situation by saying, “It was heartbreaking to realize I’d gone down the wrong path.”

Rowling has had a history of weighing in on trans issues. In September, transgender activists called Rowling a “transphobe” for writing about a character in one of her books that was a cross-dressing serial killer.

Over the summer, Rowling was heavily criticized for saying that hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgeries are too often over-prescribed.

The author penned a lengthy essay detailing how she was allegedly targeted by the transgender lobby.

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John Cleese, under fire from woke mob, hopes they all ‘fry in their own sanctimoniousness and narcissistic posturing’

British comic legend and Monty Python star John Cleese over the weekend refused to submit to a woke social media mob accusing him of “transphobia” for an old tweet supporting author J.K. Rowling.

Cleese, 81, relentlessly and hilariously mocked his accusers, at one point jokingly asking if he was “allowed” to identify as “a Cambodian police woman” if he so desired. The comedian, who has come under fire from woke Twitter before and has vigorously defended free speech each time, was accused of standing in solidarity with “transphobia” after a Twitter user reposted one of Cleese’s tweets from September in which he told his followers he signed a letter of solidarity with Rowling.

Transgender activists on the left have frequently directed their outrage at Rowling because of her criticism of transgender political demands for any man who identifies as a woman to be allowed in bathrooms or changing rooms reserved for natal women and girls.

Cleese, by supporting Rowling, was by extension accused of “standing in solidarity with transphobia and discrimination.”

And he would have none of it, accusing the rage mob of “wokery, humorless posturing, and moral self-promotion.”

“If you can’t control your own emotions, you’re forced to control other people’s behavior,” Cleese said of the hordes of Twitter users who’ve attacked Rowling and demanded that she shut up. “That’s why the touchiest, most oversensitive and easily upset must not set the standard for the rest of us.”

“Why the f*** can’t you just let people be who they want to be? Do you actually think there is some deep conspiracy to turn people ‘against their genders’?” one user demanded of Cleese before the comedian brushed him aside with a joke.

“Deep down, I want to be a Cambodian police woman,” Cleese wrote. “Is that allowed, or am I being unrealistic?”

Another demanded that Cleese be “upfront” with his actual thoughts on Rowling and her “position on trans folks.”

“I’m afraid I’m not that interested in trans folks,” Cleese replied. “I just hope they’re happy and that people treat them kindly.”

Becoming serious for a moment, Cleese said, “Right now I’m more focused on threats to democracy in America, the rampant corruption in the UK, the appalling British Press, the revelations about police brutality, Covid19, the incompetence of the British government, China’s complete disregard for the necessity to abandon fossil fuels, the developments in France between Macron and Islamicists, diabetes, and the recent deaths of several of my close friends.”

But he refused to sympathize with the woke mob.

“I hope they fry in their own sanctimoniousness and narcissistic posturing. Until they get a sense of perspective, that is.”

(H/T: The Post Millennial)

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‘When the mob comes for them, it’s going to be the lefties’: Liberals FINALLY wake up to threat of cancel culture

BlazeTV host Dave Rubin spoke with Fox News anchor Dana Perino about liberals who are finally waking up to the dangers of cancel culture and woke outrage mobs.

Harper’s Magazine published an open letter supporting the ideas of free speech and open debate last Tuesday. The letter, signed by prominent liberal figures including J.K. Rowling, Gloria Steinem, Noam Chomsky, Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, Steven Pinker, Malcolm Gladwell, Wynton Marsalis, and Fareed Zakaria, caused an uproar over free speech and censorship in social media.

“The free exchange of information and ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society, is daily becoming more constricted. While we have come to expect this on the radical right, censoriousness is also spreading more widely in our culture: an intolerance of opposing views, a vogue for public shaming and ostracism, and the tendency to dissolve complex policy issues in a blinding moral certainty,” the letter said.

Dave wonders why these people have ignored the many years that this has been a problem for conservatives and are now only concerned when social justice cancel culture is targeting prominent liberals.

“It’s nice to see liberals finally coming around and realizing cancel culture isn’t about just taking out conservatives, it might take them out too. But, for the record, there are a couple of people who signed this who tried to cancel me. So, it’s nice, but ultimately it’s just a bunch of words. I don’t see the radicals looking at this thing and thinking, ‘Okay, let’s wrap up cancel culture’,” Dave said.

“Look, every one of the people who are on that list, when the mob comes for them, it’s going to be the lefties. It’s not going to be the Trump supporters. It’s not going to be the scary conservatives or anyone on the right. It’s going to be the lefty mobs that come for their schools, that come for their jobs, that come for their homes and their families,” he added. “So, this is them just kind of protecting their ‘last bastion of freedom.’ But they should have been protecting a lot of other people before this.”

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JK Rowling goes off on hormone therapy, gender surgery

Author J.K. Rowling took heavy criticism after supporting the notion that hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgeries are often over-prescribed to questioning teens in today’s society.

What are the details?

In a series of Sunday tweets, the “Harry Potter” creator took a social media thrashing after “liking” a tweet that said hormone therapy pills were similar to antidepressants: in some cases, grossly overprescribed.

The tweet said, “Hormone prescriptions are the new anti depressants. Yes they are sometimes necessary and lifesaving, but they should be a last resort. Pure laziness for those who would rather medicate than put in the time and effort to heal people’s minds.”

Naturally, many people on social media castigated Rowling for her support of the apparently controversial tweet, and some even called into question her support of antidepressants for people with mental health issues.

In response to the harsh criticism, the award-winning writer fired back, “I’ve ignored fake tweets attributed to me and RTed widely. I’ve ignored porn tweeted at children on a thread about their art. I’ve ignored death and rape threats. I’m not going to ignore this.”

Rowling said that many social media users crossed a line with their questioning of her motives and continued, writing, “When you lie about what I believe about mental health medication and when you misrepresent the views of a trans woman for whom I feel nothing but admiration and solidarity, you cross a line.”

The “Harry Potter” author added that she’s never been shy about her own personal struggle with mental health and doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with taking necessary medications.

“I’ve written and spoken about my own mental health challenges, which include OCD, depression and anxiety,” she added. “I did so recently in my essay ‘TERF Wars.’ I’ve taken anti-depressants in the past and they helped me.”

The author added that it’s not always in a young person’s best interest to receive hormone therapy treatment or gender reassignment surgery.

“Many health professionals are concerned that young people struggling with their mental health are being shunted towards hormones and surgery when this may not be in their best interests,” she reasoned.

She added, “Many, myself included, believe we are watching a new kind of conversion therapy for young gay people, who are being set on a lifelong path of medicalisation that may result in the loss of their fertility and/or sexual function.”

Rowling argued that while transitioning from one gender to the other may be the better option for some people, it isn’t the most viable option for all cases.

She wrote, “As I’ve said many times, transition may be the answer for some. For others, it won’t — witness the accounts of detransitioners. ‘The system sees surgery as the easy fix to girls who do not conform.'”

She continued, “The long-term health risks of cross-sex hormones have now been tracked over a lengthy period. These side-effects are often minimised or denied by trans activists.”

She concluded, “None of that may trouble you or disturb your belief in your own righteousness. But if so, I can’t pretend I care much about your bad opinion of me.”

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J.K. Rowling deletes tweet celebrating Stephen King after he writes ‘Transgender women are women’

Author J.K. Rowling rescinded praise for fellow author Stephen King after he seemed to speak out against her recent remarks about transgenderism.

What are the details?

Rowling, who has been embroiled in controversy for the last several weeks because of trans issues, tweeted about Labor MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle, who insisted the celebrated author capitalized on her own personal domestic abuse experience in order to promote discrimination against the transgender community.

Though Russell-Moyle apologized, Rowling addressed the controversy on Twitter and quoted late feminist writer Andrea Dworkin’s sentiments on men reacting to women’s opinions as if they were “acts of violence.”

Rowling included Dworkin’s quote in a lengthy Twitter thread in which she insisted inclusive language about transgender women is “hostile and alienating” to biologically born women.

She quoted Dworkin, who said, “‘Men often react to women’s words — speaking and writing — as if they were acts of violence; sometimes men react to women’s words with violence.”

King apparently supported that particular sentiment and retweeted Rowling.

In a since-deleted tweet, Rowling responded, “I’ve always revered @StephenKing, but today my love reached — maybe not Annie Wilkes levels — but new heights. It’s so much easier for men to ignore women’s concerns, or to belittle them, but I won’t ever forget the men who stood up when they didn’t need to. Thank you, Stephen.”

A commenter took issue with Rowling’s response and asked King his thoughts on Rowling’s remarks on trans inclusivity.

Rowling deleted the tweet after King responded, “Trans women are women.”

Anything else?

In 2019, critics blasted Rowling for supporting researcher Maya Forstater, who was fired for insisting people are not scientifically able to change biological genders.

In recent weeks, Rowling came under fire once more for a tweet identifying “people who menstruate” as women and affirming biological gender identity.

In early June, the author tweeted, “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.”

Many of her fans, as well as the actor who played Harry Potter, have spoken out against her remarks on social media and branded her anti-transgender.

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JK Rowling’s agency refuses to bow down to writers who demanded ‘re-education’ on LGBT issues

British author J.K. Rowling found herself embroiled in controversy earlier this month after she affirmed traditional views of sex and gender.

Now, four authors who were represented by the same literary agency as Rowling have resigned in protest after they demanded the company “re-educate” its staff.

According to the Guardian, Fox Fisher, Drew Davies, and Ugla Stefanía Kristjönudóttir Jónsdóttir, who is also known as Owl Fisher, all resigned from the Blair Partnership, the London-based literary agency that represents Rowling. A fourth author also resigned, but reportedly did not go public.

The authors demanded the agency “reaffirm their commitment to transgender rights and equality.” But the authors wrote in a joint statement the agency did not cave to their demands, so they chose to resign.

In response, the Blair Partnership said it supports free speech and chose not to be coerced by their now-former clients.

A spokesperson for the agency said, per the Guardian:

We support the rights of all of our clients to express their thoughts and beliefs, and we believe in freedom of speech. Publishing and the creative arts are dependent on these things. It is our duty, as an agency to support all of our clients in this fundamental freedom and we do not comment on their individual views.

We are disappointed by the decision that four clients have taken to part ways with the agency. To reiterate, we believe in freedom of speech for all; these clients have decided to leave because we did not meet their demands to be re-educated to their point of view. We respect their right to pursue what they feel is the correct course of action.

We value all our authors’ voices and, as an agency, champion equality and inclusivity. We remain committed to making the agency the most welcoming environment it can be for everyone. The diversity of our clients’ voices is our strength and we take enormous pride from each and every one.

While Rowling has not publicly commented on the controversy involving her representation, she did address criticism after speaking out against far-left transgender advocacy.

She wrote in a lengthy personal essay that transgender advocacy has come to a place where it now often harms women.

“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,” Rowling said.

“That is the simple truth,” she declared.

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Social justice warriors cancel ‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling because she affirmed biological gender

British author J.K. Rowling, known for writing the world famous “Harry Potter” books, triggered an avalanche of controversy over the weekend for affirming scientific views of gender and sex.

Although Rowling supports LGBT people, she said that maintaining the biological structure of gender and sex is vitally important — especially for LGBT people.

“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,” Rowling wrote.

“The idea that women like me, who’ve been empathetic to trans people for decades, feeling kinship because they’re vulnerable in the same way as women — ie, to male violence — ‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences — is a nonsense,” she continued.

“I respect every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them. I’d march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans. At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female. I do not believe it’s hateful to say so,” the author added.

What was the response?

Rowling’s comments went viral and generated more than 50,000 replies. One thing is clear: people are angry with Rowling’s affirmation of science.

  • Literally NO ONE said the concept of sex or womxn is erased.
    The only thing erased here is YOU erasing the legitimacy of trans folks.
    Please reconsider where you stand here, for trans folks and for so many who used to idolize you,” one person
    responded.
  • “As a physician, I want people to know that sex exists on a bimodal biological spectrum just like gender exists on a bimodal sociological spectrum. While most identify as either female or male, there are intersex and trans individuals whose identities are just as valid and real,” another person responded.
  • “The vast consensus of medical and other scientific experts validate trans people and urge affirmation of us. Your own country’s medical organizations have said as much.
    You don’t love trans people, and certainly don’t care about us,” another person
    said.
  • “Truly pathetic that in the midst of huge outcry against police brutality and the unjust killings of black people by authorities, you choose to use your gargantuan platform and influence to attack a vulnerable minority?” another person told Rowling.
  • “I feel heartbroken for every trans kid who grew up on Harry Potter, only to find out the author of their beloved childhood books is such a transphobic bigot,” another person said.
  • “Just want to add my valuable 2 cents here:

    F**k JK Rowling.

    Thanks for listening. #JKRowlingIsOverParty,” another person said.

But not everyone was angry with Rowling — ironically transgender people.

Blare White, a transgender person, replied, “Facts. I only see facts.”

“Trans people appreciate @jk_rowling’s courage in speaking out against an authoritarian ideology that oppresses women, gay people and trans people. We need to return to reality. Sex is real and it is immutable,” another transgender person said.

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