She defended her position on Twitter in June of 2020, writing:
“If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”
While I’m firmly in the “trans women are women” camp, I am very much aware that not everyone — not even all liberals — are there with me.
I had a brief discussion at a cocktail party a few months back with a feminist who sees Rowling as a hero, saying things others dare not. This person also condemned the idea that trans girls should be allowed to compete against other girls on sports teams, because, until the point of transition, they were men whose bodies were being flooded with testosterone, “the original performance enhancement drug.”
Even the #MeToo movement now seems to be battered by allegations that it, too, has gone “Too Far.” It’s not just that Johnny Depp won his defamation suit against his former wife Amber Heard on Wednesday. Even before that, Heard was being ripped to shreds on social media. As my colleague Michelle Goldberg recently pointed out, Heard was “far from a perfect victim,” and “that made her the perfect object of a #MeToo backlash.”
In a statement released after the verdict, Heard wrote that the disappointment she felt was “beyond words,” but that “I’m even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women.” She continued: “It is a setback. It sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated.”
In fact, that #MeToo backlash has been an issue of concern for years, and it was about more than a salacious celebrity story. In 2019, the Harvard Business Review published an article on the results of research from the University of Houston that found:
“More than 10 percent of both men and women said they thought they would be less willing than previously to hire attractive women. Twenty-two percent of men and 44 percent of women predicted that men would be more apt to exclude women from social interactions, such as after-work drinks; and nearly one in three men thought they would be reluctant to have a one-on-one meeting with a woman. Fifty-six percent of women said they expected that men would continue to harass but would take more precautions against getting caught, and 58 percent of men predicted that men in general would have greater fears of being unfairly accused.”
Now, we see some renewed energy emanating from left on other issues, like abortion and gun control.
The fact that the Supreme Court seems poised to overturn Roe v. Wade is, for many, evidence that the conservative justices have gone too far. And the recent mass shootings, including the massacre at a Texas school, may have convinced some parents that the sheer ubiquity of guns in this country has gone too far.