Harry Potter author JK Rowling gets burned by own fans as she steams into latest UK gender scandal on the wrong side
Employment tribunal judge James Tayler made it clear that the right-on wing of the judiciary has swallowed the whole self-identifying gender guff hook, line and sinker after ruling against tax expert Maya Forstater who had claimed she was wrongly sacked by the Centre for Global Development, a think tank based in London and Washington that campaigns against poverty.
Miss Forstater, 45, claimed she had been discriminated against for her beliefs.
And what might those beliefs have been? Was she an advocate of paedophilia? Decried motherhood? Didn't believe in Santa Claus? Or worse, in the UK, dared to criticise the NHS?
No, she had the temerity to suggest that trans-women were not actually biological women because they were born male.
She fell foul of Twitter, naturally, after tweeting several posts (nothing to do with her work as a tax expert) related to proposals to change Gender Recognition Certificates, one of which read clearly and simply: "There are two sexes, male and female. Men and boys are male. Women and girls are female. It is impossible to change sex. These were until very recently understood as basic facts of life by almost everyone."
The judge then declared Miss Forstater's beliefs "not worthy of respect in a democratic society" and "incompatible with the human rights of others." Canceling the basic birds and bees stuff that parents used to teach their three-year-olds, he ruled:
"If a person has transitioned from male to female and has a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC), that person is legally a woman," he ruled.
Miss Forstater has won support, including, surprisingly enough, from JK Rowling, who has previously been known to jump on liberal bandwagons, including by ret-conning her iconic characters as gay to appease kinky fans.Also on rt.com Black Hermione, gay Dumbledore: Harry Potter series magically diversified after 11 years (VIDEO)
This time, though, she steamed in on Twitter with some non-fiction, saying:
"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 that is the point. Despite what it says on any Gender Recognition Certificate, human beings are born belonging to either one of two real biological sexes, not some imaginary in-between.
To deny that is to deny science. You might as well start to believe in Quidditch, griffins and Lord Voldemort.
And so Rowling triggered her followers and fans – reactions ranged from "I'm not angry, I'm just disappointed" through "Let me educate you about trans rights" to "Why did you have to do this? Why? WHY?!"
Talk about insulting women, denying freedom of speech and giving every sack-happy boss the right to bin loose-tongued employees after a boozy Christmas bash! Without realising it, Judge Tayler has handed identity-obsessed British liberals more rein to troll, bully and harass anyone who won't play ball with their biology-defying worldview.
When safely tucked into his bed at night, Tayler must clutch his blankets in white-knuckled fear, lest his boggart chooses to appear. Adapted by Rowling from English myth, the shapeshifting creature lurks in dark spaces appearing only to take the shape of that which is most feared by the person who encounters it.
And if recent rulings by the good judge are any indication, then his boggart is a loony, swivel-eyed British liberal obsessed with identity politics and specifically gender issues who will tolerate absolutely no dissent. Because an irrational fear of upsetting this boggart is the only understandable explanation for the ruling.
Miss Forstater is considering an appeal against the tribunal ruling which has seen her discriminated against for simply holding on to beliefs that many people share.
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