JK Rowling roasted for shock move
JK Rowling has sparked a Twitter storm amid accusations of transphobia.
The Harry Potter author responded to a ruling which says that workforce employees could be sacked if they say that biological sex cannot be changed, reports The Sun.
It came after British think tank researcher Maya Forstater lost her job when she said "men cannot change into women" on social media.
Rowling offered her support to Forstater on Twitter.
She wrote: "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 [biological] sex is real?"
Dress however you please.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 19, 2019
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
But her tweet has sparked a ton of angry responses - with many hitting out at the renowned author.
The phrase "JK Rowling is a TERF" has been trending on Twitter amid the storm.
TERF is an acronym for trans-exclusionary radical feminist.
One Twitter user replied saying "everything you now stand for disgusts me".
And another said that the writer was using social media to "further marginalise one of the most marginalised groups in society."
Rowling has previously been accused of harbouring ant-transegnder views. In 2018, she liked a tweet from a political campaigner who was working to stop trans women from being included on the British Labour Party's all-women shortlists, calling them "men in dresses".
This tweet makes me think, with great sadness and fear, about a person I love, who is trans, and who has the same right to be treated with dignity in the workplace and elsewhere as you and I and indeed @jk_rowling. https://t.co/Gc8iLVNm2g— Jo Maugham QC (@JolyonMaugham) December 19, 2019
At the time, Rowling's spokesperson said that the author had "a clumsy, middle-aged moment" and had "favourited" the tweet by "holding her phone incorrectly".
Ms Forstater was accused of using "offensive and exclusionary" language on Twitter for saying "men cannot change into women".
She went to an employment tribunal to fight her firing but was unsuccessful.
Judge James Tayler decided that Ms Forstater's view was "incompatible with human dignity and fundamental rights of others"
In a crowdfunder for her legal fees, Ms Forstater said she believes transgender people "should not face discrimination and harassment".
But she said she is "concerned about the impact of self ID on women and girls".
If you're mad at JK Rowling being an enormous transphobe here's a thing you can and should do:— Jingle Elle Maruska (they/them) (@ellle_em) December 19, 2019
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