JK Rowling is the liberal author of the Harry Potter series who was once a hero of the left but is now a bitter enemy of the transgenderism-pushing leftists over her refusal to bow to the demands of those pushing the “current thing.”
She, in a Twitter thread, responding to a tweet about the “trans women are women” claim, sounded off on the transgender movement’s demand that all subscribe to the message it’s pushing and not only agree but vocalize their agreement. The original tweet said:
It feels like TWAW [trans women are women] as a mantra and cancelling women over accusations of transphobia was intended to test loyalty over reason and will she stand up to power or at best turn a blind eye to save her own skin. Does she value career advancement or doing the right thing?
Rowling, in her thread, said:
“The manager of a fruit and vegetable shop places in his window, among the onions and carrots, the slogan: ‘Workers of the World, Unite!’ Why does he do it?…Is he genuinely enthusiastic about the idea of unity among the workers of the world? 1/12
Is his enthusiasm so great that he feels an irrepressible impulse to acquaint the public with his ideals? Has he really given more than a moment’s thought to how such a unification might occur and what it would mean? 2/12
That poster was delivered to our greengrocer from the enterprise headquarters along with the onions and carrots. He put them all into the window simply… because everyone does it, and because that is the way it has to be. 3/12
If he were to refuse, there could be trouble. He could be reproached for not having the proper ‘decoration’ in his window; someone might even accuse him of disloyalty. He does it because these things must be done if one is to get along in life. 4/12
…The slogan is really a sign, and as such it contains a subliminal but very definite message… ‘I, the greengrocer XY, live here and I know what I must do. I behave in the manner expected of me… I am obedient and therefore I have the right to be left in peace.’ 5/12
…if the greengrocer had been instructed to display the slogan, ‘I am afraid and therefore unquestioningly obedient’, he would not be nearly as indifferent to its semantics, even though the statement would reflect the truth. 6/12
The greengrocer would be embarrassed and ashamed to put such an unequivocal statement of his own degradation… To overcome this complication, his expression of loyalty must take the form of a sign… 7/12
It must allow the greengrocer to say, ‘What’s wrong with the workers of the world uniting?’ Thus the sign helps the greengrocer to conceal from himself the low foundations of his obedience… It hides them behind the façade of something high… that something is ideology. 8/12
Ideology is a specious way of relating to the world. It offers human beings the illusion of an identity, of dignity, and of morality while making it easier for them to part with them. 9/12
…it enables people to deceive their conscience and conceal their true position and their inglorious modus vivendi, both from the world and from themselves. It is an excuse that everyone can use, from the greengrocer, who conceals his fear of losing his job… 10/12
… to the highest functionary… Individuals need not believe all these mystifications, but they must behave as though they did, or they must at least tolerate them in silence, or get along well with those who work with them. 11/12
For this reason, however, they must live within a lie. They need not accept the lie. It is enough for them to have accepted their life with it and in it.” 12/X
Václav Havel, The Power of the Powerless, 1978
Though it might seem odd that as liberal an author as JK Rowling is standing up to the trans movement and its demand that everyone bend the knee to its demands, it’s not once you read more about her past statements.
For example, on the topic of the leftist claim that “people menstruate,” Rowling said:
‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?
Similarly, on the topic of how the trans movement’s insistence that men who identify as women are women can lead to violence against women, Rowling said:
“The law @NicolaSturgeon ‘s trying to pass in Scotland will harm the most vulnerable women in society: those seeking help after male violence/rape and incarcerated women. Statistics show that imprisoned women are already far more likely to have been previously abused.”
Rowling, a feminist of the old type, wants to protect women. The trans movement, as she pointed out in those tweets, not only demands conformity and is erasing women, but also is promoting policies that could lead to harm being inflicted on women. That needs to be taken seriously and it’s good that someone with such a loud voice and large platform as Rowling is willing to take it seriously.