April 2, 2024

J.K. Rowling's powerful defense of free speech in Scotland — #ArrestMe.

Here's what she did.

ADDED: Oh, how I love "your friend History":
I think that is the best tweet I've ever read.

113 comments:

Leland said...

Not exactly William Wallace but same sentiment.

Ampersand said...

Galloping totalitarianism must be stopped. Famously leftish and wealthy women like JKR are uniquely situated to make a difference. Bravo.

Rusty said...

I like the fact that the people who are defending our right to free speech are those with the platform to do it. Musk, RFK, Rowling...............Althouse.

Mike Yancey said...

They sure use “y’all” a lot in Scotland.

Achilles said...

Jordan Peterson on a really good podcast with Tom Bilyeu.

In the 1:20:00 time frame they discuss Jordan Peterson's ~$80,000 a month bill to fight the tyrannical shitheads in the regime and what "normal" people who couldn't afford that can do.

He has similar advice when it comes to fighting this: "Substitute adventure for security."

This entire video obviously goes over a lot but it mostly revolves around concepts of God, Hell and how to rationalize spirituality.

Jamie said...

I seem to recall that Rowling began writing the Harry Potter books for her son when he was a child the same age as Harry in the first book. She has done an absolutely outstanding job of keeping that young person out of the public eye. I wonder what his opinion is of his mom's actions on this point.

Me, for what it's worth, which is nothing - 100% support.

D.D. Driver said...

Thoreau smiles.

Lucien said...

Isn't the use of "cannon" rather than "canon" an implicit incitement of violence? I feel unsafe already.

Yancey Ward said...

They won't target Rowling individually- they will reserve enforcement of the law on those without the means to fund a defense. The proper response, and one likely to be effective, is a massive display of civil disobedience from 10,000+ people in Scotland directly- 100,000+ would be even better. However, it is likely that nothing will be done to fight this- Scotland was "colonized by wankers" and it takes more than one non-wanker to fight this sort of evil.

CJinPA said...

I fear this is something Rowling can get away with but the average person cannot.

It would require a coordinated defiance on a massive scale to really leave the law neutered. Which is possible.

Paddy O said...

Rowling created what is likely the most fitting villain of our age, the ruthless bureaucrat Professor Umbridge. She wrote a set of wildly popular books that have a sub-theme of resisting bureaucratic evils and the pernicious way deeper evil corrupts.

Her chaotic good heroes are willing to bear punishment and hurt for what is right.

She's doing what she wrote so much about. No wonder she is able to maneuver so well. Also more money than the government likely helps.

Watch out for troll bogies, Ms Rowling!

Dave Begley said...

They'd probably hold her without bail. Flight risk, doncha know.

planetgeo said...

No, seriously, how did this "transpretender" virus sweep through the highest levels of government throughout so many Western countries?

Kate said...

Hey! @Jamie's back from Lent!

Original Mike said...

Hard to imagine the "authorities" not responding to the provocation. She's playing with fire. Either she's very principled or she's bored.

MadisonMan said...

This falls under the saying "Sunshine is the best disinfectant."
JK Rowling is on the side of history here.

wildswan said...

Scotland will arrest JK Rowling and jail her. But what will be the consequences? It will show that Dolores Jane Umbridge is in power in Scotland. (See Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. When Harry Potter tried to warn about the return of Voldemort, Umbridge, who has been installed at Hogwarts by the Ministry of Truth, declared Harry a liar. She required him to write "I will not tell lies" with a magic pen. As he writes those words on paper, they are written on to the back of his hand in thin letters that cut Harry's skin, as if a scalpel was writing.)
It isn't just the money Rowling has and the lawyers she can afford. It is the millions and millions of people who will understand her situation despite whatever bafflegab Scotland puts out. Essentially, she is opposing the Ministry of Truth and Dolores Jane Umbridge.

cassandra lite said...

I may have to finally read a Potter book now.

Joe Smith said...

Sane, cute, smart, crazy rich, nice legs, and a redhead to boot.

What's not to like?

God bless JK...

Joe Smith said...

'JK Rowling is on the side of history here.'

Unfortunately, that is yet to be known.

If the fascist left succeed in plunging the world into Marxism, then the sane people will have lost.

Forever...

Joe Smith said...

Also, you have to love her throwing in 'massive dick' in a post about trans people : )

gilbar said...

JK Rowling said..
DON'T throw ME, into that Br'er Patch!!

gilbar said...

Leland said...
Not exactly William Wallace but same sentiment.


Scots, wha hæ wi Wallace bled,
Scots, wham Bruce has aften led,
Welcome tæ yer gory bed,
Or tæ victorie.

Now's the day, an now's the hour:
See the front o battle lour,
See approach proud Edward's power—
Chains and Slaverie.

Wha will be a traitor knave?
Wha will fill a coward's grave?
Wha sæ base as be a slave?
Let him turn an flee.

Wha, for Scotland's king and law,
Freedom's sword will strongly draw,
Freeman stand, or Freeman fa,
Let him on wi me.

By Oppression's woes and pains,
By your sons in servile chains!
We will drain our dearest veins,
But they shall be free

Lay the proud usurpers low,
Tyrants fa in every foe,
Libertie's in every blow!—
Let us do or dee.

Enigma said...

@planetgeo: No, seriously, how did this "transpretender" virus sweep through the highest levels of government throughout so many Western countries?

I think several things came together, at minimum:

- Two generations of Hollywood's indulgent non-religion and hedonism led to a cultural moral vacuum (1960s to 1990s), and transgenderism was there as a fresh "worthy cause."

- After the 1960s Civil Rights movement there was the 1970s Women's Rights and 1970s-1980s Gay Rights movements. The left kept pushing for more and more rights until they reached the reducto ad absudum of pedophile rights and passive-aggressive bully rights (bio men in women's sports). But...these were "the greatest moral needs of our time."

- The left NEVER knows when to stop and declare victory. They see a good outcome as the enemy of a utopian dream. Equal treatment --> guaranteed equal outcomes. This has been proven wrong every time it's tried, but utopians and zealots are going to dream big and will die trying.

- Donald Trump. An awful lot of 2017-present politics followed from "if Trump is for it, I'm against it." Jordan Peterson got sucked into this vortex because he fought back hard against Canada's gender and compelled speech laws in late 2016 as Trump came to the fore. So, there was no moderation or proportionality. "You are with me or against me."

- Medical industry corruption. Insurance started to cover transgender surgery circa Obamacare 15 years ago, and there are plenty of greedy doctors ready to push costly treatment. They have been caught doing this. Wealthy groups tend to bribe politicians to facilitate becoming more wealthy.

Those same Western countries had dominant traditional Christian values 50 years ago, with Christian morality filling the universal drive for some type of right-vs.-wrong rules. Maybe the old ways were bad, but the dead-ender moral rules of today are obviously dead ends. So, children are starving and the ice caps are melting and pollution is rampant...but let's spend $100K cutting off the genitals of one person, creating fake ones, and supporting the resulting mule for the next 50 years (unless they commit suicide, which is likely after said surgery).

robother said...

Every Leftist from Marx to Obama to the rando internet types, has complete certainty about History and whose side it's on. It is not only obvious that History has taken the place of God with these people, but that theirs is the most naive theism of all. Even the most fundamentalist of Christians or Jews confess a humble ignorance of the Deity's purposes and means.

Geoff Matthews said...

Given the size of her balls, I'm suspecting that Rowling might be trans.

/s

tim in vermont said...

I can't stand her books, but I respect what she does writing them, and this almost tempts me to buy a couple. I guess, though, I will just throw her a like on Twitter.

Howard said...

The speech and cancel police are doing more damage to the trans community than all of their haters combined. I understand the concept of pendulum swings, etc., however, they are trying to unhinge it from it's moorings. Fortunately it will be beaten back.

tim in vermont said...

They chickened out:

BREAKING: JK Rowling's comments about new hate crime laws "are not assessed to be criminal", police have said, as they confirmed no further action would be taken

https://twitter.com/SkyNews/status/1775183471410880904

Owen said...

planetgeo @ 9:41: "No, seriously, how did this "transpretender" virus sweep through the highest levels of government throughout so many Western countries?"

The more frivolous and arbitrary the cause, the more demoralizing the oppression becomes. As the Marxists are wont to say, "The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution." And the revolution is simply the exercise of power. The "triumph of the will."

Either this garbage gets stopped, and right soon, or we're done.

IMHO.

Owen said...

planetgeo @ 9:41: "No, seriously, how did this "transpretender" virus sweep through the highest levels of government throughout so many Western countries?"

The more frivolous and arbitrary the cause, the more demoralizing the oppression becomes. As the Marxists are wont to say, "The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution." And the revolution is simply the exercise of power. The "triumph of the will."

Either this garbage gets stopped, and right soon, or we're done.

IMHO.

tcrosse said...

Are there no true Scotsmen left?

Aggie said...

The philanthropic humanitarians of our time are starting to come into focus. Not steel magnates or oil barons or railroad tycoons, like the early 20th century. Now it's a different set of empires, and instead of granting infrastructure to the masses, parks and libraries, instead of endowing universities, today's philanthropic humanitarians are using their wealth to ransom basic human rights - Musk and Rowling so far, who knows who else will step up? From public works to basic freedoms. How far we've come, eh? Or rather - how far the tyrants have insidiously worked their treason.

tcrosse said...

Are there no true Scotsmen left?

tim in vermont said...

To me it's even scarier that they can say "Oh, we are just going to ignore Rowling because she's rich and famous, but you lot, you chavs, you better toe the line!"

Aggie said...

Rowling also writes under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith - reasonably complex murder mysteries.

Big Mike said...

Breaking news from the BBC:

Social media comments made by JK Rowling challenging Scotland's new hate crime law are not being treated as criminal, Police Scotland has said.

The Harry Potter author described several transgender women as men, including convicted prisoners, trans activists and other public figures.

The new law creates a new crime of "stirring up hatred" relating to protected characteristics.

The force said complaints had been received but no action would be taken.

The law, which came into effect on Monday, makes it a criminal offence to make derogatory comments based disability, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or being intersex.

Bryant said...

Close second?

@HeidiBriones - He must not know History very well. History will be a big fan of yours. I'm certain. We've hung out.

@jk_rowling - Did you sit on his right side, or his left?

https://x.com/jk_rowling/status/1775148280000688257?s=20

PM said...

Biden's new Trans Celebration Day will occur annually on March 31st, followed, appropriately, by April !st.

rehajm said...

yancey is correct- they’ll leave Rowling alone and prosecute the little people. The X poster guy incorrectly assumes the law will apply to everyone equally. The global government believes in selective prosecution and if it isn’t in Scotland at present it will be soon enough…

tommyesq said...

Is it me, or do all of the powers that be pushing censorship in the UK have decidedly non-British names?

tommyesq said...

Social media comments made by JK Rowling challenging Scotland's new hate crime law are not being treated as criminal, Police Scotland has said.

The Harry Potter author described several transgender women as men, including convicted prisoners, trans activists and other public figures.

The new law creates a new crime of "stirring up hatred" relating to protected characteristics.

The force said complaints had been received but no action would be taken.


What would the complaint be, that being labeled a "man" is derogatory and stirs up hatred? I.e., that "men are evil" so being called a man is inherently slanderous?

Howard said...

What's way worst is the Persecution of Baba Ramdev. His pranayama breathing exercises were a huge factor in my miraculous recovery from heart failure.

Joe Smith said...

The most discriminated against and oppressed class of people on earth are also the most celebrated and protected people on earth.

Imagine that...

Iman said...

I, for one, take notice of how often the people pushing this horseshit are relative newcomers to the countries they now seek to have an unwelcome influence over.

Rajan Barot isn’t a traditional Scots name.

Tank said...

Yes, they will not prosecute Rowling. They will choose someone who does not have the wherewithal to fight them. That is when J. K. Rowling must step up and pay for the defense of that poor soul. I would not be surprised if in fact she does that.

Yinzer said...

Given what Rowling wrote, that should set a high bar for any other person (who is not rich and famous) to be prosecuted. How can they be judged more harshly than her? If they do pursue such a double standard, hopefully Rowling will contribute to their defense costs since she did not have to spend any such for herself!

Quaestor said...

Carl Benjamin has an interesting take on the confluence of Scottish fascism (!!) and Joe Biden's fascist "Transgender Visibility Day" proclamation, which the Resident vehemently denies ever happened. (An amazing accomplishment. Winston Smith had immense difficulty erasing week-old truths, yet Biden inverts history every 24 hours.)

RideSpaceMountain said...

Public disobedience worked very well for most of these pinhead's parents and grandparents when they were working hard to dismantle Chesterton's Fence, and it can work for the people fighting to restore sanity.

MadisonMan said...

Another case of law not being enforced when it makes Rulers look bad. When someone without a global platform says something similar, the law will come down like a ton of bricks.
It would be a pleasant surprise if a Scots legislator immediately introduced a resolution to remove this law because it's not being enforced.

Wince said...

Was it the kilts that opened the door to all this nonsense?

Rusty said...

Not haters, Howard. Just defenders of logic and common sense. You can pretend to be whoever and whatever you want. You're free to do that. I'm equally as free not to play along.n

Clyde said...

They need more Anguses and fewer Rajans.

William said...

I'm on the side of Rowling, but, win or lose, I think this will have zero effect on my life. I don't express negative or, for that matter, positive thoughts about transgendered people. Transgendered people, despite their best efforts and those of President Biden, are easy to forget about. Has the life of anyone within the reading of this post been personally affected by a transgendered person?....I live in NYC and have known tons of gays, but I've yet to meet any transgendered people. Perhaps there's one who's a receptionist at my gym, but maybe that person is just androgynous.....Once, years ago, I did see two trannies, as they were then called, get into a fight on the #6 train. They were both extremely muscular and didn't behave like ladies. Lots of body slamming. The fight was spectacular and made a lasing impression.....I haven't given much thought to vegans either. Some exceptions, but mostly they're pretty discreet about their dietary preferences....Sometimes I think about furries. I wonder how one develops such a sexual preference. The good thing about furries, though, is that they don't demand government subsidies for their outfits or demand criminal penalties for people who look at them sideways.

RCOCEAN II said...

From the BBC:

The new law creates a new crime of "stirring up hatred" relating to age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or being intersex.

A person commits an offence if they communicate material, or behave in a manner, "that a reasonable person would consider to be threatening or abusive," with the intention of stirring up hatred based on the protected characteristics.

Stirring up hatred based on race, colour, nationality or ethnicity was already illegal in Great Britain under the Public Order Act 1986 but, in an attempt to streamline the criminal law in Scotland, that too is now part of the Hate Crime Act.

The bar for this offence is lower than for the other protected characteristics, as it also includes "insulting" behaviour, and as the prosecution need only prove that stirring up hatred was "likely" rather than "intended".


Basically, under UK law if you "insult" or "abuse" someone based on race or religion in the UK you can go to jail. Intent is irrelevant. Scotland just expanded it to cover sexual minorities. Which JK is upset about.

Candance Owens attacked a Sex Store Rabbi calling him "Unholy" after being trashed by the man for 2 years. In the UK, Owens could go to jail. Conversely, the Rabbi could go to jail for insulting a black woman. In the USA, no one goes to Jail. YET.

Paddy O said...

Bryant, I saw that one and agree. Brilliantly done and a lot.of folks will miss the meaning

mezzrow said...

We live in craven times, and it is a breath of fresh air to see a bit of courage exercised. Hurrah!

Now for the aftermath. You have no idea of the things that Scottish public servants can concoct. Neither do I, but it won't be pretty. In the end, Rowling will triumph. I hope she belled the cat into silence. Enforcement is always selective. Those who believe otherwise are fooling only themselves.

Paddy O said...

"Maybe the old ways were bad, but the dead-ender moral rules of today are obviously dead ends."

The old ways weren't bad. What was bad was the powers dismissed and overlooked severe transgressions. In the name of protecting priests and pastors far far too much sexual and other abuse was ignored. That kind of abuse wasn't unique to religious ones, bit region loses its particular moral voice when it chooses the powerful over its own stated ethics. So people lose trust, look elsewhere and those abused tend to repeat the cycle rather than finding freedom from it.

gilbar said...

planetgeo said...
No, seriously, how did this "transpretender" virus sweep through the highest levels

progressives are like sharks.. they HAVE TO progress; or they'll die.
Once the sodomy laws were cast away..
Then it was Same Sex marriage; Once DOMA was cast away..
THEN it was transism..

The SCARY question is: WHAT'S NEXT?
will it be Incest? or Minor Attracted Persons? (pretty sure these will be a 1,2 punch; Not together)
WHEN will beasties progress up to the front? AND THEN WHAT?

Mason G said...

"Social media comments made by JK Rowling challenging Scotland's new hate crime law are not being treated as criminal, Police Scotland has said."

What Police Scotland didn't say is that those comments are not being treated as criminal because the person who made them has the means and ability to fight back. Don't any of you ordinary plebes get the idea you will be allowed the same freedom.

PJ said...

Yesterday, I was only an admirer.

Rabel said...

She has publicized the issue and now has the opportunity to write something that is a clear and unquestionably criminal violation of the law.

Time to go balls out, J.K.

ccscientist said...

The very concept of "hate speech" is pernicious. It has never been a good idea. It has further evolved into any speech that hurts someone's feelings or makes a protected group look bad, even if true. So she is guilty of the true statement that a man cannot become a woman. Truth apparently is no defense. You made someone feel bad, off to jail.
Of course you are free to insult Christians or MAGAs and "stir up hate against them". Selective prosecution, obviously.

wild chicken said...

Never read her books but damn I admire her

Joe Smith said...

Scotland; the land of men wearing skirts.

Coincidence?

Aggie said...

@William 12:24 said: ".I live in NYC and have known tons of gays, but I've yet to meet any transgendered people. Perhaps there's one who's a receptionist at my gym, but maybe that person is just androgynous..."

Maybe you just didn't recognize them. I live in a fairly conservative small Texas city, and I've spotted a few female-to-males in progress - less than a handful. Last weekend I was in a DFW area supermarket and one of the Meat dept shelf-stackers was another one.

In my experience, the female-to-males are more prevalent, though less instantly recognizable. I've only seen one male-to-female that I know of.

Bonkti said...

PM said...
Biden's new Trans Celebration Day will occur annually on March 31st, followed, appropriately, by April !st.

Fools Eve

loudogblog said...

Here is something that a lot of people do not get about free speech. People should be allowed to speak their minds so that we all know where they stand. It's just as important to know who agrees with your views as knowing who disagrees with your views.

For example: If your bosses at work didn't feel that you were performing the way they wanted, would you prefer it if they talked to you about that or would you rather they never mentioned that but kept passing you up for promotion? At my last job, my bosses kept constantly telling me what a great job I was doing but then they passed me up for promotions five times in the last five years. (Which is one of the reasons why they're my ex-bosses.)

I will always prefer to know who I'm dealing with. (Even if it hurts my feelings.)

Vonnegan said...

She’s also said that if anyone “small” gets arrested for speech, she will say the exact same thing publicly and dare the police to arrest her too. Shes really trying to protect others as much as she can.

I love her for this.

Achilles said...

Yancey Ward said...

They won't target Rowling individually- they will reserve enforcement of the law on those without the means to fund a defense. The proper response, and one likely to be effective, is a massive display of civil disobedience from 10,000+ people in Scotland directly- 100,000+ would be even better. However, it is likely that nothing will be done to fight this- Scotland was "colonized by wankers" and it takes more than one non-wanker to fight this sort of evil.

The true weight of Rowling's bravery will be when she supports or doesn't support the little people that face the brunt of tyranny.

mikee said...

What I find interesting is that if the leftists don't get their way their immediate go-to option is use of violence to get their way. One must admire, if not their ideology, their co-opting of the Islamic method of promoting their ideology against all opponents.

Tina Trent said...

Yancey, they have already arrested and/or fined thousands of the "little people."

Spiros said...

JK Rowling is a bad ass. If she gets arrested, the Scottish government will fall.

Mr. T. said...

More effective than Rowling's call to righteous resistance, was her previous posts of a dozen trans pedophiles and rapists- those that the scottish leftists all supported.

Remember this next time you hear leftists say that trans sociopaths aren't committing crimes against women and children.

Mr. T. said...

More effective than Rowling's call to righteous resistance, was her previous posts of a dozen trans pedophiles and rapists- those that the scottish leftists all supported.

Remember this next time you hear leftists say that trans sociopaths aren't committing crimes against women and children.

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tim maguire said...

Since the police have declared that Rowling's tweets don't violate the law, she has followed up with a pledge to repeat the words of anyone who is arrested for misgendering. (Kudos to Blogger for not recognizing "misgendering" as a word.)

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Joe Biden, America's Putin said...

woke leftist gender police cry babies are in fact - Nazis.

Joe Biden, America's Putin said...

Heh - JK Rowling has balls.

I like her.

Leftist authoritarian speech crime gender confusion nazis - can suck it.

Howard said...

Never Said you or anyone in particular were a hater, Rusty. Are you denying there are LGBTquerty haters?

The Left does this a lot, they take something reasonable to the extreme level that ends up alienating regular people who would be otherwise sympathetic and turn them towards the Republicans. Global warming, dei, trans speak, Trump, support of Hamas, over regulation of everything, etc.

Rit said...

People need to think. A man who is one of the most wealthy in the world, as well as being former president of one of the most wealthy nations in the world, is being targeted by the corruptocrats who permeate every level of our governments from state to federal. Personal wealth and name recognition is no defense against the unlimited resources a corrupt government can bring to bear. As Trump often says: They're not coming after me; they're coming after you. And he is right, you cow the great mass of people by demonstrating in no uncertain terms that no one is safe.

Hassayamper said...

instead of endowing universities, today's philanthropic humanitarians are using their wealth to ransom basic human rights - Musk and Rowling so far, who knows who else will step up?

Donald John Trump.

Jersey Fled said...

“No, seriously, how did this "transpretender" virus sweep through the highest levels of government throughout so many Western countries?”

I struggled mightily with this question and finally came up with the only plausible solution.

It’s demonic.

Rabel said...

Vonnegan said...

"She’s also said that if anyone “small” gets arrested for speech, she will say the exact same thing publicly and dare the police to arrest her too."

Forget the balls. Now she's gonna dick slap 'em and finish in their face.

Hey! She brought dicks into the conversation, not me.

Very Trumpian move by the Lady.

The Vault Dweller said...

Social media comments made by JK Rowling challenging Scotland's new hate crime law are not being treated as criminal, Police Scotland has said.

This isn't a victory. This is a feint, like playing possum. I hope JK Rowling continues her public resistance to the new authoritarian law. I hope that lots of others continue as well. I also hope that she can muster up the strength of will to support others if they get targeted with prosecution, especially if those people's resistance is viewed as vulgar, mean, or even hateful. The natural social bargain many would be tempted to take is that the law is only used when people "go too far," or "are beyond the pale." That is no victory or even successful defense of free-speech, though it may feel like one to many. Authoritarians love rules that have ambiguities of when they are enforced and when they aren't. Authoritarians love the idea of being able to avoid prosecuting their allies and cronies when they don't want to yet retraining the ability to prosecute their enemies when they, "go too far." JK Rowling is a woman of the Left, and a big and too common problem for folks on the left is that it is hard for them to stick to their principles when doing so means they have to be on the same side of people who are hateful or even mean. I hope she can overcome this weakness should the need arise.

Heartless Aztec said...

Andrew Hickey of the "500 Songs that Shaped Rock History" podcast must be ready to jump off the nearest bridge. He has called J.K. Rowling a "terrorist" for her defense of women. He has banned me from his website for gently reproving him that J.K. Rowling will defend herself and is not without the means to do so. Banned. It felt good then and feels better now.

Jimmy said...

"I think that is the best tweet I've ever read." 100 % agree. This response is , to me, the next best one. "JK Rowling taught a generation to read and then she challenged them to think."
Someone said Rowling is actually a leftist. Who cares? Defending free speech ,when it's all on the line, makes her a hero.
The Founders made it number 1 for a reason.

Josephbleau said...

'massive dick'

‘massive asshole’

From an old Physics book, “ Mass is a measure of the inertia of a body.”

Jamie said...

Has the life of anyone within the reading of this post been personally affected by a transgendered person?

Has my life been affected? It depends on what you mean. Friends of mine, about eight years ago, revealed that the child they had known as their daughter - and whom I'd known since she was four - was actually their son. This kid, 14 at that point, immediately socially transitioned; my friends didn't share whether they'd taken any more action toward their child's transition than that. As it happens, two or three other girls in this kid's class - not school - transitioned at the same time.

So, first effect on my life: whenever socializing with these friends, I have had to choose whether to go along with the idea that this transition is real and not an occasion of the rapid onset gender dysphoria social contagion about which so much has been written in the past few years - or turn my back on a nearly twenty-year relationship.

We moved not long after the transition began, but I maintain ties with that place and many people there, including this family. I've seen their child a few times in the intervening years; the kid, now in early 20s, is still going by the transitional name, but at least upon my last encounter, was presenting pretty much as a lesbian - what might be called a "butch" but nevertheless woman's hairstyle, women's jeans (this means little - at the earliest, this kid began transitioning after having gone through a good bit of female puberty, so those jeans may be the only kind that would fit), a T-shirt, a jacket. This doesn't say a ton; it's not as if there is a lot of difference between the clothing of a young man and that of a young woman who never did wear "body-conscious" clothes. But it certainly wasn't any obvious effort to appear stereotypically male.

My friends say that he is happier now than before, but also that he's doing a degree that one might consider typical of a very woke young person, and I would even say "young woman" based on observable gendered patterns of academic preference - I'm not going to name it, or the university, because these people deserve their privacy. But I note that this kid did not display any sign of gender dysphoria in young childhood. Eccentricity, yes, to my untrained eye - I am not a psychologist - hewing closely to the suite of non-gender-related issues described in the literature on ROGD.

So, second effect on my life: should I encounter this young person again, no matter what he looks like, I'll have to remember to refer to him by a name and (to the extent that it would come up in face-to-face conversation) pronouns he didn't have when I had daily or weekly contact, no matter my misgivings about this transition or my reluctance to participate in what I can't help but consider probably a social contagion.

So. No, my daily life isn't affected. But I have periodically had to - or chosen to - live out a social lie quite a bit beyond "Does this make me look fat?" or "Isn't my new boyfriend great?" And it's not entirely because of friendship; it was also to avoid being immediately dropped like a rock from a quite progressive circle of friends who are lovely people as long as I steer clear of certain topics, to whom I've never come out as a conservative. My decision, I know.

Former Illinois resident said...

Should fully anticipate Scotland's hyper-woke prime minister Humza Yousaf, champion of all progressive/transgressive political thought, will foist Scottish criminal charges against Rowling. Think about it, it's a career-defining action which will put Yousaf at equal footing w/Rowling in the "name recognition in Scotland" public relations campaign.

Readers should also listen to Yousaf angrily pontificate in Scottish parliament, claiming Scotland is "too white", that Scottish government officials are "too white", and that radical reform is absolutely necessary to make him feel more comfortable in Scotland. Pity 95.4% of Scottish people who identify as "white", their prime minister has identified them as Scotland's oppressors.

Tomcc said...

"Today's posts...were calculated to have maximum impact..."
What a ridiculously weak condemnation. "Terrorize" would have been much more effective, right? I mean that's how these people perceive her. I am transwoman hear me roar!

Craig Mc said...

She's a legend. Like Musk, it takes the untouchables to defeat tyranny for the rest of us.

Achilles said...

Vonnegan said...

She’s also said that if anyone “small” gets arrested for speech, she will say the exact same thing publicly and dare the police to arrest her too. Shes really trying to protect others as much as she can.

I love her for this.


We all know that this will do nothing for the people who are arrested or the tyrants. The tyrants clearly don't care about hypocrisy or being outed as hypocrites. The tyrants get just as many jollies off attacking the small people as they do off of attacking those with agency.

In the end it will come down to violence because that is the only thing that will stop these people. They have proven that they will use violence to impose tyranny. Words will not stop them.

When the fighting starts we will be called many things by the tyrants all along the vein of domestic terrorists.

I would love to be surprised and have all of these people show support for us then too.

Mason G said...

"it was also to avoid being immediately dropped like a rock from a quite progressive circle of friends who are lovely people as long as I steer clear of certain topics"

Do you know if they steer clear of certain topics in order to keep you from dropping them like a rock?

Joe Smith said...

'Never Said you or anyone in particular were a hater, Rusty. Are you denying there are LGBTquerty haters?'

Honestly, I don't know anyone who has a problem with the LGBs.

It's the Ts that are met with bewilderment, disgust, and annoyance.

Nobody is born in the wrong body. Nobody was born with the necessity to medically change their sex.

It is mass hysteria and a cult.

The LGBs should be cutting the Ts loose ASAP as they are destroying the brand.

Jamie said...

What a ridiculously weak condemnation. "Terrorize" would have been much more effective, right? I mean that's how these people perceive her.

Is it?

I doubt it. That side of the debate tends to use the words "terror," "fear," "harm," and "violence" in places where the rest of us would say "rage," "anger," "lack of control of the discourse," and "emotional affront on the basis of others' not parroting my views."

The Godfather said...

It started with the initials, LGBT: LG [lesbians and gays -- it took a little getting used to for us straights, but, sure, we found we can get along with lesbians and gays just fine once we and we get used to each other] B [bisexual -- well, a little harder for us straights to be comfortable with -- can't you just pick one? but OK] T [transgender -- what's THAT all about?

If someone born male wants to wear a dress, or someone born female wants to wear pants, fine.

But if the guy wants to join the women's swimming team, or use the girl's locker room, or the guy wearing the dress wants to be regarded as the "first woman ___ "in some Cabinet Office, a lot of straight people don't think they signed on for that.

Maybe the advocates for T rights ought to try to persuade the 98% of their fellow citizens who AREN'T T, instead of jailing them.

boatbuilder said...

"...random bloke..." Ha!

RCOCEAN II said...

"I'm on the side of Rowling, but, win or lose, I think this will have zero effect on my life."

Yeah, and if you die tommorrow it will have zero effect on my life. In fact, entire countries could sink into the ocean and it would have zero effect on my life.

If we all ran around only caring about things that had a massive effect on our life, society would collapse. Of course, large numbers of people are only interested in their own little world. And that's OK, just don't vote or comment on public affairs.

RCOCEAN II said...

"I'm on the side of Rowling, but, win or lose, I think this will have zero effect on my life."

Yeah, and if you die tommorrow it will have zero effect on my life. In fact, entire countries could sink into the ocean and it would have zero effect on my life.

If we all ran around only caring about things that had a massive effect on our life, society would collapse. Of course, large numbers of people are only interested in their own little world. And that's OK, just don't vote or comment on public affairs.

Rusty said...

"'Never Said you or anyone in particular were a hater, Rusty. Are you denying there are LGBTquerty haters?'"
Stupid leading question. They aren't as prevelent as you would like them to be.

EdwdLny said...

This Scottish law is an American liberal fever dream. They would implement this at the first opportunity.
Libs are fascist terrorists in word, deed, and belief. Treat them accordingly. They are evil.

Fritz said...


progressives are like sharks.. they HAVE TO progress; or they'll die.
Once the sodomy laws were cast away..
Then it was Same Sex marriage; Once DOMA was cast away..
THEN it was transism..

The SCARY question is: WHAT'S NEXT?
will it be Incest? or Minor Attracted Persons? (pretty sure these will be a 1,2 punch; Not together)
WHEN will beasties progress up to the front? AND THEN WHAT?


Necrophilia.

Megaera3 said...

I have heard that Rowling has asked that anyone (males included? Dunno) criminally charged under this act forward the offending statement to her, which she will then republish and demand that Scottish authorities charge and try her with the same crime. If true, I am impressed by the strength of her convictions.

As to how we got where we are today, transpretenders and other lunacies abounding, I believe the most cogent explanation was offered several years ago by the essay writer Theodore Dalrymple. I can't do justice to his actual words, but the gist was that this was a most significant aspect of Communists' exercise of power: force a subject population not just to mouth an obvious lie, but compel its constant reiteration. Everyone knows it is a lie but the humiliation of having to constantly repeat and endorse it, KNOWING THAT IT IS A LIE AND THAT YOU ARE REINFORCING IT -- thus being made complicit in the lie, is the main point of the exercise. You don't have to believe it yourself, but risking your life and those of others to publically abjure the lie is quite a deterrence to free speech -- hence the Cancel Culture.

Yancey Ward said...

Howard,

No one hates you because you lost your balls at the hospital.

Freeman Hunt said...

I love her for this.

Kirk Parker said...

Msson G.,

I'll go ahead and say out loud what you only hint at, regarding the "lovely people as long as I steer clear of certain topics".

Their loveliness is the most superficial sort of appearance, as they sweetly and softly go about furthering the destruction of our civilization. You could quite aptly paraphrase the words of Jesus about the Pharisees regarding them.

MadTownGuy said...

Megaera3 said...

"As to how we got where we are today, transpretenders and other lunacies abounding, I believe the most cogent explanation was offered several years ago by the essay writer Theodore Dalrymple. I can't do justice to his actual words, but the gist was that this was a most significant aspect of Communists' exercise of power: force a subject population not just to mouth an obvious lie, but compel its constant reiteration."

Agreed. It seems to serve these purposes:

- Destabilizing cultural norms
- Polarizing/freezing (Alinsky rules)
- Discouraging reproduction (too many of the wrong kind of people is doubleplus ungood)
- Coercion of the new norm, i.e., enforced Newspeak.

It's as if '1984' were a how-to manual.

MadTownGuy said...

EdwdLny said...

"This Scottish law is an American liberal fever dream. They would implement this at the first opportunity.
Libs are fascist terrorists in word, deed, and belief. Treat them accordingly. They are evil.
"

It's already been tried, in Kiel, Wisconsin. Kiel, Wisconsin school district charges kids for using wrong pronouns

Criminal charges were filed for sexual harassment under Title IX against three eighth graders for refusing to refer to a classmate as "they." Charges were later dropped, but it's a toe in the water.

Lem the artificially intelligent said...

YouTube: what the woke mean by ”the right side of history”

“The Philosophy Of Visibility.”

Jersey Fled said...

I want to have J.K.’s baby.

From what I understand, I’m allowed to now even though I am male and 77 years old.

Jamie said...

Do you know if they steer clear of certain topics in order to keep you from dropping them like a rock?

Well, because I'm not "out" to these friends of mine, I do know how they talk about conservatives and Trump supporters when they think none such are around. (We moved from this locale to Texas in summer 2016 - before we moved, these friends were quite vocal in their opinions of the other side.)

So if they're steering clear of certain topics around me, they aren't political ones. Maybe baking mixes versus scratch baking? I'm pretty passionate and perhaps not very measured on that subject.

They really are very nice, caring people, as long as politics (and the social justice aspect of politics that characterizes the educated left these days) doesn't come up.