JK Rowling has done nothing wrong except bravely stick her head above the parapet of an increasingly toxic debate to defend other women, writes Piers Morgan.
“There is a special place in hell for women who do not help each other,” said the first female US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, who sadly passed away this week.
Yet, as this quote is republished around the world as a tribute to a beautiful pioneer woman, the very existence of women is threatened in a way that is as absurd as it is shameful.
In sports, an American transgender swimmer named Lia Thomas has become the first trans competitor to win a prestigious NCAA college championship race, demolishing a group of women born with physically inferior female biological bodies.
Thomas had previously competed unsuccessfully for three years on the college men’s team – University of Pennsylvania.
Spread more climate change news with Flash. More than 25 news channels in one place. New to Flash? Try 1 month free. Offer ends October 31, 2022
But now that she’s competing as a woman, she’s on her way to becoming a global superstar.
It’s obviously grotesquely unfair and has created a shocking new inequality that could destroy women’s sport, but anyone who dares to say so is immediately labeled a ‘transphobe’ in a cynical campaign to suppress any legitimate criticism.
In an extraordinary scene by the pool as Thomas raced to victory, a Briton named Kelly-Jay Keen from the activist group Standing For Women argued with a male spectator after asking (about Thomas) “Is her body the same as the other girls in the pool?”
When the man replied, “Every body is different,” Keen replied, “No. Are you saying he has no male organs? I am a woman – not a woman. Do you have ovaries? woman, and it is not a woman.”
The man replied, “Let me ask you, are you a biologist?”
To which Keen replied, “Oh my God, don’t be ridiculous. I’m not a veterinarian, but I know what a dog is.”
The clip, which quickly went viral, goes to the very heart of this incendiary debate.
I disagree with Keen’s insistence on calling Lia Thomas “he,” because I respect a trans person’s right to be called by their preferred pronoun.
I also unequivocally support the rights of trans people to equality and fairness.
But let’s be very clear: Lia Thomas only wins big races because she has a huge biological advantage over her female rivals. And it is outrageous.
So does the suggestion that only a biologist knows what a woman is.
This ridiculous notion came up again during a United States Supreme Court nomination hearing this week when the nominee, Justice Kentanji Brown Jackson, was asked a simple question by a senator: “Can you give you a definition of the word ‘woman’?”
Jackson looked like a confused, scared bunny in the headlights, before finally replying, “No, I can’t. I’m not a biologist.”
So here is someone on the verge of becoming one of the most powerful women in the world, who was specifically nominated by President Joe Biden because she is a black woman and would therefore become the first black woman on the Supreme Court , displaying a shocking inability to even define what it is to be a woman.
It’s really not a difficult question to answer.
The definition of a woman is “an adult female human being”.
“THE BASIC FACTS OF BIOLOGY ARE IRREFUTABLE”
You can have any gender identities you like, no matter how absurd, but what you can’t do is deny the reality of biological sex.
As Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a global authority on the female body, told Parliament this week: “We need to recognize that when people want to make a transition in their lives, they need to be treated with the utmost generosity and of possible respect. But I want to add that I think that when it comes to distinguishing between a man and a woman, the basic facts of biology are still extremely important.”
I agree with him that trans people deserve our compassion and understanding. No one would go through the long physical and emotional ordeal of transitioning if they didn’t sincerely believe they were trapped in the wrong body.
But I also agree with him that the fundamental facts of biology are irrefutable.
A determined campaign is underway to eradicate the word “woman” from public discourse lest the trans lobby be offended.
Forbes, the popular business magazine, yesterday tweeted to its 17 million followers an article by a women’s health editor that began: “Pregnant people who contracted Covid-19 were more than twice as likely to experience significant complications than those who did not have the virus. during the first year of the pandemic, according to a new study.
Last I checked – and judging by the furious response this tweet provoked, I’m not alone in this belief – pregnant women are called women.
Men cannot have babies.
So I can’t get pregnant, even though I would love to, given the universal public popularity it brings to anyone who is.
To claim that anyone can is therefore not only virtue signaling nonsense designed to appease the unstoppable Awakened Brigade, it is also a demonstrable lie.
But if you dare to advocate for women’s right to be called women, or state simple biological facts about sex, then prepare to be viciously shamed, vilified and abused by the intolerant mob of cancel culture.
They will also try to destroy your career and your life, while impersonating the ridiculously inappropriate hashtag #BeKind.
The worst victim of this was Harry Potter author JK Rowling, who had the unfortunate honor of being singled out by Vladimir Putin this week as he tried to equate what she went through with sanctions on Russia for invading Ukraine.
‘They recently canceled Joanne Rowling,’ the dictator said in a televised address, ‘the children’s author, her books are published all over the world – simply because she failed to meet the demands of women’s rights They are now trying to cancel our country.I am talking about the progressive discrimination of everything related to Russia.
Of course, none of these claims are true; Russia is held accountable for its leader’s disgusting warmongering, and JK Rowling remains staunchly uncancelled despite a concerted effort to have her quashed.
But the way she was treated is an absolute disgrace.
Rowling became the poster child for the so-called trans-bashing several years ago when she tweeted her support for Maya Forstater, an Englishwoman who lost her job at the Center for Global Development think tank after posting tweets questioning government plans – later scrapped – to let people declare their own gender.
Forstater argued that “sex is immutable and should not be confused with gender identity” and Rowling agreed, tweeting: “Dress however you like. Call yourself whatever. Sleep with whoever you want. what a consenting adult who will have you. Live your best life in peace and safety. But forcing women out of their jobs for saying sex is real?”
This truism – an appeals court later accepted Forstater’s right to believe and say this – caused a storm of rage, but to her credit, Rowling refused to back down.
In June 2020, she tweeted criticism of the phrase ‘people who menstruate’ and said, “If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women around the world is erased. I know and I loves trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives.”
She was right, and again, respectful.
But gay activist group GLAAD called her views ‘cruel’ and ‘anti-trans’, leading Rowling to be branded a trans-exclusive radical feminist (TERF) and bombarded with hate and death threats.
She responded by writing a very thoughtful long post in which she revealed that she was a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault, and said that “when you open the bathroom and locker room doors to any male who believes or feels he is a woman…then you open the door to all men who wish to come in,” while also stating that most trans people were vulnerable and deserved protection.
His concerns are valid.
There have been disturbing incidents of male sex offenders identifying themselves as women to be transferred to women’s prisons where some then attack women.
Just this week, the BBC reported on a horrific case of murder in the United States, claiming that an “83-year-old woman” killed and beheaded another woman.
This was especially newsworthy because no one remembered a similar case involving a female monster.
But in fact, he was a man who identified as a man in early court filings but who “now identifies as a transgender woman.”
Will “She” now be housed in a women’s prison?
What a bad, horrible joke.
However, for raising concerns about the obvious dangers of allowing unlimited identity, JK Rowling faced even more disgusting harassment.
I have no reason to speak for her.
We had a long feud, sparked by my friendship with Donald Trump, whom she hates, during which she called me “celebrity without facts, amoral and excusing bigotry” and once tweeted: “Yes, watching Piers Morgan being told to fuck off on live TV is exactly as satisfying as I had always imagined.”
But ironically, it’s her adherence to basic facts about biology that now compels me to defend her.
JK Rowling has done nothing wrong except bravely stick her head above the parapet of an increasingly toxic debate to stand up for other women – just as Madeleine Albright has urged women to do it.
To do so, she has been treated despicably by many women who lack clarity of vision on the very serious issues at stake and her unwavering determination to fight for women’s rights in the face of a relentless awakened war to eradicate them. on the altar of political correctness.
I’m not a woman – but I know there’s a special place in hell for women who do this to JK Rowling.