JK Rowling has been slammed by transgender activists after she defended a UK charity worker who was fired for insisting that biological sex exists and cannot be changed.
A UK employment tribunal had ruled that tweets by Centre for Global Development (CGD) employee Maya Forstater stating “men cannot turn into women” were “absolutist” and “did not have the protected characteristic of philosophical belief”.
Rowling dismissed the decision of the Central London employment tribunal:
Dress however you please.
Call yourself whatever you like.
Sleep with any consenting adult who’ll have you.
Live your best life in peace and security.
But force women out of their jobs for stating that sex is real? #IStandWithMaya #ThisIsNotADrill
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 19, 2019
This in turn drew fire from transgender activists such as Sara Ramirez, with others labeling Rowling a TERF (trans-exclusionary radical feminist):
As I, a white cis woman, like to say, if your brand of "feminism" doesn't include trans women AND anyone else who identifies as femme, you're not a feminist. You're just a bigot. Sadly, this means I have to lose all respect for women who reveal themselves as TERFs.
— Christina Gleason MA aka Karistina on Twitch (@WELLinTHIShouse) December 20, 2019
This is SUCH a dangerous precedent to set. Especially now that white supremacism, racism & the far right are gaining power & ground…to contribute to this global culture war against progressive values and LGBTQ communities is totally unacceptable. I implore you reflect.
— Shahmir Sanni شاه مير ساني (@shahmiruk) December 19, 2019
Forstater reiterated her views in the wake of the tribunal decision, saying “It is impossible to change sex. These were until very recently understood as basic facts of life by almost everyone.”
She said the judgement gives “judicial licence for women and men who speak up for objective truth and clear debate to be subject to aggression, bullying, no-platforming and economic punishment.”
In a 26-page document, Judge James Taylor said Forstater was “absolutist in her view of sex and it is a core component of her belief that she will refer to a person by the sex she considered appropriate even if it violates their dignity and/or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment. The approach is not worthy of respect in a democratic society.”