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J.K. Rowling insults transgender people once again. Is ready to get arrested

J.K. Rowling insults transgender people once again. Is ready to get arrested

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Weronika Paliczka,
02.04.2024 12:45

J.K. Rowling could face jail time for using hate speech under new Scottish laws that protect minorities.

Hate speech has become more prevalent with the rise of social media. Online creators often receive hateful comments from anonymous critics, especially when they "deviate from the norm" in terms of appearance, gender orientation, religion, or even diet.

Scotland hits back at hate speech

Scotland has recently implemented new legislation to combat hate speech. This regulation introduces a new offence of 'inciting hatred' related to various categories such as age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or being intersex. The Scottish government is also working towards adding women to this list and providing them protection under a new Misogyny Act. However, the legislation to safeguard women is still under development.

J.K. Rowling makes fun of new legislation

Writer J.K. Rowling is known for her transphobia. Not surprisingly, she didn't like the new laws protecting transgender people. The "Harry Potter" book series author has again expressed her dissatisfaction by posting on X.

"Scotland's Hate Crime Act comes into effect today. Women gain no additional protections, of course, but well-known trans activist Beth Douglas, darling of prominent Scottish politicians, falls within a protected category. Phew!" she wrote first.

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And It only got worse further down the line. "Lovely Scottish lass and convicted double rapist Isla Bryson found her true authentic female self shortly before she was due to be sentenced. Misgendering is hate, so respect Isla’s pronouns, please. Love the leggings!" Rowling wrote, commenting on a photo of a transgender woman.

In a series of posts, J.K. Rowling profiles several transgender people. The writer has only chosen people who have committed sexual offences, often against children. The author wrote: "Fragile flower Katie Dolatowski, 6'5", was rightly sent to a women's prison in Scotland after conviction. This ensured she was protected from violent, predatory men (unlike the 10-year-old girl Katie sexually assaulted in a women's public bathroom.)"

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J.K. Rowling summed up the whole series of posts with a longer text, which she opened with a statement that the comments she posted were part of April Fool's Day. Then it got serious.

The author wrote: "Only kidding. Obviously, the people mentioned in the above tweets aren't women at all, but men, every last one of them. In passing the Scottish Hate Crime Act, Scottish lawmakers seem to have placed higher value on the feelings of men performing their idea of femaleness, however misogynistically or opportunistically, than on the rights and freedoms of actual women and girls."

J.K. Rowling is ready to get arrested

"The new legislation is wide open to abuse by activists who wish to silence those of us speaking out about the dangers of eliminating women's and girls’ single-sex spaces, the nonsense made of crime data if violent and sexual assaults committed by men are recorded as female crimes, the grotesque unfairness of allowing males to compete in female sports, the injustice of women’s jobs, honours and opportunities being taken by trans-identified men, and the reality and immutability of biological sex.

"For several years now, Scottish women have been pressured by their government and members of the police force to deny the evidence of their eyes and ears, repudiate biological facts and embrace a neo-religious concept of gender that is unprovable and untestable," Rowling continued.

The writer added: "The re-definition of 'woman' to include every man who declares himself one has already had serious consequences for women's and girls’ rights and safety in Scotland, with the strongest impact felt, as ever, by the most vulnerable, including female prisoners and rape survivors.

"It is impossible to accurately describe or tackle the reality of violence and sexual violence committed against women and girls, or address the current assault on women’s and girls’ rights unless we are allowed to call a man a man. Freedom of speech and belief are at an end in Scotland if the accurate description of biological sex is deemed criminal.

"I'm currently out of the country, but if what I've written here qualifies as an offence under the terms of the new act, I look forward to being arrested when I return to the birthplace of the Scottish Enlightenment," Rowling concluded.

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