JK Rowling and YouTuber Vaush Spar on International Women’s Day tweet

The controversy over Harry Potter Author JK Rowling’s tweet on International Women’s Day spilled over to Amerigo Vespucci Day.

On Tuesday, Rowling shared a tweet that some users found transphobic. That day, Anneliese Dodds, the shadow equality minister for the left-wing Labor Party in the UK, said on the The BBC Wife Hour radio show that there were “different definitions” of what makes a woman. Dodds was speaking during a discussion of Scotland’s Gender Recognition Reform Bill, which would make it easier for transgender people to change their legal sex.

“Someone please send the shadow equality minister a dictionary and a spine. #HappyInternationalWomensDay,” Rowling tweeted.

‘Apparently under a Labor government today will become We Who Must Not Be Named Day,’ she added.

In response, popular left-leaning YouTube personality Ian “Vaush” Kochinski slammed the writer on Tuesday afternoon.

“All JK Rowling had to do was keep quiet and she could have been loved almost uncritically for a century,” Vaush wrote. “Women are calmer and start to apologize defiantly”.

Almost exactly 24 hours later, Rowling replied, attaching a screenshot of her tweets.

“What you and your kind don’t appreciate is how tediously familiar I find your tactics. I had an abusive ex-husband who told me life would be good if I just complied, but you make the same mistake he did. Women like me can’t be bullied into resistance,” she said. wrote.

Vaush responded about 10 minutes later in the thread, speaking directly to the author.

“Listen Joanne, you can’t play the victim card when you stand up for women’s rights here,” he wrote. “Trans women are raped and killed in men’s institutions and you want to keep them there because of your trauma. Stop making your feelings the oppression of others”

He then retweeted Rowling’s complaint, accusing the author of being a “crybully,” someone who plays the victim while harassing others, according to Dictionary.com.

“Complaining about how you are victimized when you are a billionaire who mocks you for opposing civil rights is the height of bullying,” Vaush wrote.

Harry Potter‘ author JK Rowling, shown here at the 2019 RFK Ripple of Hope Awards, clashes with YouTuber Vaush over his comments on International Women’s Day.
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Rowling has been repeatedly accused of transphobia. She denies any animosity towards trans people, writing, “I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of gender robs many of the ability to meaningfully discuss their lives.”

The flashpoint throwing the majority of the accusations against Rowling was her support of Maya Forstater, who had an unpaid affiliation with the Center for Global Development that was not renewed, following comments about trans people. The Center for Global Development said Newsweek that its decision not to renew Forstater’s membership “in part because of the distress and harm caused to staff members by a series of disrespectful and offensive statements Ms. Forstater has made internally and externally of the CGD, concerning trans people.”

Forstater said she doesn’t believe transgender women should be able to identify as women. She also compared transgender women to Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who led the Spokane, Washington NAACP chapter while posing as black.

“Honestly, I don’t see the difference between Rachel Dolezal’s internal feeling that she is black and a man’s internal feeling that he is a woman (i.e. a grown human woman). Neither neither has a basis in material reality,” Forstater wrote in one of the tweets. she identified as having led to her dismissal.

In an essay titled “TERF Wars— referring to the acronym for ‘Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist’ — Rowling said her past abuse at the hands of her ex-husband made her worry that men might lie about being transgender in order to access the spaces reserved for women .

While Rowling wrote that “the majority of trans-identified people not only pose no threat to others, but are vulnerable”, she believes that “when you open the bathroom and locker room doors to any man who believes or feels a woman – and, as I said, sex confirmation certificates can now be granted without any surgery or hormones – then you open the door to all men who wish to enter. simple truth.

However, those who disagree, including the UK’s centre-left Liberal Democrats, point out that very few single-sex spaces demand anything more than someone’s word. they belong there.

“In that sense, we already have self-identification in most cases, so the claim that it would lead to a particular problem with predatory males using it as an ‘escape’ has a problem: why it doesn’t does it not already occur systematically?” the LGBT wing of the Liberal Democrats writes on its official website about debunking common anti-transgender talking points.

“The sad truth is that predatory men have many ways to target women without putting on a dress and impersonating a woman. The way to fight them is to specifically prohibit harmful behavior (as we already do),” he continues.

Update (03/09/2022, 10:10 p.m.): This article has been updated with additional information on Forstater’s departure from the Center for Global Development.

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