Author J. K. Rowling Slams Police For Referring to, or Categorizing, Male Criminals as Women
Biological men – and I care not how they “identify” – should not be categorized as women when they’re arrested for crimes – nor should they be placed in women’s-only prisons.
by Ryan Smith
Dec 15, 2021
Author J.K. Rowling has received support from British lawmakers after sharing her thoughts on another issue regarding transgender people.
On Sunday, the Harry Potter writer expressed her opposition to proposed laws, in which police in Scotland have said that they will “record rapes by offenders with male genitalia as being committed by a woman if the attacker ‘identifies as a female.'”
Taking to Twitter to quote an article from The Times in the U.K.—titled “‘Absurdity’ of police logging rapists as women,” Rowling wrote: “War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. The Penised Individual Who Raped You Is a Woman.”
While Rowling has faced backlash for other comments made about transgender women in the past, she has received some high profile support in the U.K. for her stance, as “#IStandWithJKRowling” trended on Twitter.
Joanna Cherry, a Scottish National Party Member of Parliament for Edinburgh South West voiced her support for Rowling, saying that any “responsible politician” should also be standing against such a legislative proposal.
Cherry tweeted: “As someone who prosecuted rape for years I don’t find the idea that women should object to having to pretend that the man who violated them is a woman remotely amusing. Nor should any responsible politician. #IStandWithJKRowling.”
Murdo Fraser, Member of Scottish Parliament for Mid-Scotland & Fife, also waded into the conversation as he expressed similar sentiments.
“Even in today’s confusing morality, the choice between siding with @jk_rowling or with rapists would seem to be a simple one, wouldn’t you think?” Fraser wrote, also adding the hashtag “#IStandWithJKRowling.”
…While some trans activists branded Rowling a “TERF”—an acronym for trans-exclusionary radical feminist—she stood her ground on the issue.
Rowling tweeted at the time: “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.”
…In July of this year, Rowling stated on Twitter that she had received a “pipebomb” threat amid an onslaught of attacks over her previous statements about trans women.
December 13, 2021
By Andrew Court
J.K. Rowling is causing controversy again, again wading into the debate about transgender people by criticizing Scottish police for allowing rape suspects to self-identify as female.
The “Harry Potter” author — who has previously been accused of making transphobic comments — took to Twitter on Sunday by sharing an article from The Times of London titled: “‘Absurdity’ of police logging rapists as women.”
“War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. The Penised Individual Who Raped You Is a Woman,” Rowling wrote, referencing “Newspeak” in George Orwell’s “1984.”
She then linked to the news article, which stated, “Police Scotland said that they would log rapes as being carried out by a woman if the accused person insists, even if they have not legally changed gender.”
Thousands of fans immediately hit out at Rowling, with many accusing her of having an unhealthy fixation on trans issues.
…However, that hasn’t stopped the Scottish author from expressing her views.
“Many women are concerned about the challenges to their fundamental rights posed by certain aspects of gender identity ideology,” Rowling stated in a Good Housekeeping interview last December.
However, in her latest dust-up, Rowling also received praise for her comments — with many prominent Twitter users thanking her for having the “courage” to speak out.
“Thank you for calling out the insanity,” Canadian political commentator Lauren Chen wrote.
“Your tweet is brave,” journalist Andy Ngo said.
“Thank you. You have no idea how important your voice is, or how much it means to women and girls,” columnist Susan Dalgety responded.
Rowling told Good Housekeeping last year that she’s been inundated with supportive messages for her controversial stance, saying he’s received a flurry of letters since speaking out on trans issues — more than 90% of which reportedly have been positive.