Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has recently come under fire for tweeting about her agreement with science. Her support of the fact that men and women cannot biologically change their sex has brought her much backlash from the cancel culture of the Left and the transgender community.
Her support for this comes after a woman in London was recently fired for tweeting out the same opinion. Maya Forstater was a tax expert for think tank known as the Centre for Global Development or CGD when she made the tweet. However, after it was put online, her employer deemed it inappropriate and fired her.
In response, Forstater brought a lawsuit against her employer for wrongful treatment. But she lost the case when a U.K. judge for an employment tribunal labeled her tweet as homophobic.
According to LGBTQ Nation, “Forstater is a tax expert at the Centre for Global Development, and her employer decided not to renew her contract after they found “offensive and exclusionary” language about transgender people in her tweets, including saying that ‘men cannot change into women’ and that discrimination against transgender women can ‘hurt men’s feelings.’”
The article continued, “She filed a complaint against her employer, saying that her transphobia is a protected characteristic under the U.K.’s Equality Act. A judge yesterday ruled that being transphobic is not a protected class and that her anti-transgender viewpoint ‘creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment’ that is ‘not worthy of respect in a democratic society,’ so her employer had the right to let her go.”
Under the Equality Act are disability, age, gender reassignment, race, sex, sexual orientation, marriage, pregnancy, maternity, civil partnership, and last but not least, religion or belief. These are called “protected characteristics. Forstater’s case claimed that her opinion that she posted was one of these. The judge decided it was not and said it was merely transphobic.
Rowling’s tweet didn’t even begin to talk about her own beliefs. Instead, she merely questioned that anyone should be fired overstating scientifically proven facts, something you would think the science-driven left would appreciate.
Rowling said, “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?”
And for this, she was scorned. The cancel culture of the left has labeled her a “TERF” in response, which is slang for “trans-exclusionary radical feminist.” Such a term is used to describe feminists who believe that trans women are not, in fact, women, a fact that is technically and scientifically proven.
What is important to note here is that neither Rowling nor Forstater are conservatives. In fact, both have been rather well known to support liberal, and yes, feminist causes. So what is happening here is that the progressive left is attacking their own to make sure their point of view is known, seen, and agreed with.
The point that both of these women made is not that they believe transgender is wrong or even that they don’t like people who have their bodies so altered. They both simply said that while a person can change their outward appearance, their genetic traits, namely their x or y chromosomes don’t change and cannot be. No matter what they look like to anyone else, how many surgeries they have, or how many hormones they take, they will always be, genetically speaking, what they were born as.
Forstater did take it a little further and imply that transgender people are failing biological women. To see her point, all we have to do is to look at women’s sporting events. Transgender athletes are now allowed to enter such events as females. As a result, no biological woman is given a fair chance. A transgender woman will always be physically faster and/or stronger than a natural woman. The truth is that men and women are created differently. Surgery cannot change that.
But for the liberals of the cancel culture, it’s all about feelings, at least when it comes to this topic. For years, conservatives have been mocked by the left for their “beliefs” and ideas. According to them, science is fact, and facts always win. But suddenly the argument doesn’t apply here.
Heaven forbid we should actually claim fact as fact or truth as truth. It might hurt someone’s feelings, and let’s face it, that would be just awful.