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J.K. Rowling’s transphobia is a product of British culture
Good explainer on why the UK is so TERFy these days:
Trans-exclusionary radical feminist (TERF) ideology has been helped along in the UK by media under the leadership of Rupert Murdoch and the Times of London for years. Any vague opposition to gender-critical thought in the UK brings accusations of “silencing women” and a splashy feature or op-ed in a British national newspaper. Australian radical feminist Sheila Jeffreys went before the UK Parliament in March 2018 and declared that trans women are “parasites,” language that sounds an awful lot like Donald Trump speaking about immigrants.

According to Heron Greenesmith, who studies the modern gender-critical movement as a senior research associate at the social-justice think tank Political Research Associates, gender-critical feminism in the UK grew out of a toxic mix of historical imperialism and the influence of the broader skeptical movement in the early aughts — which was hyperfocused on debunking “junk science” and any idea that considered sociological and historical influence and not just biology. Those who rose to prominence in the movement did so through a lot of “non-tolerant calling-out and attacking people,” Greenesmith said, much like gender-critical feminism. “Anti-trans feminists think they have science on their side. It is bananas how ascientific their rhetoric is, and yet literally they say, ‘Biology isn’t bigotry.’ In fact, biology has been used as bigotry as long as biology has been a thing.”
feminism  politics  terfs  trans-rights  gender  biology  uk  jk-rowling  transphobia 
8 weeks ago by jm
Alice Goldfuss clarifies JK Rowling's "dress however you please" anti-trans comments
This was a really educational thread for me -- demonstrating how these phrases are a symptom, not support
JK Rowling hates trans people, but I want to talk a little bit about the *way* she hates them so you can recognize it in the wild.

She says “Dress however you please” and “Call yourself whatever you like”

At first glance it sounds supportive, but it isn’t

It’s disengaging

She is taking a very real and concrete issue (the acceptance of trans people as humans with full rights and respect in society), minimizing it to some surface level features (appearance and names), and then abdicating any responsibility

She is purposefully mischaracterizing trans people as adults playing dress-up and then claiming to be fine with that...at a distance

The language she uses is similar to language used to minimize gay people

“You can kiss whoever you want behind closed doors!”

It’s also similar to the old favorite “I don’t care if you’re black, white, or purple!”

Purple people don’t exist, but now they’ve minimized the issue of racism and swept it away while claiming to be supportive

All of these phrases add up to the same message:

“I support you, as long as you don’t change my experiences or inconvenience me in any way.”

And that’s not actual support
trans  rights  jk-rowling  gender  acceptance  racism 
8 weeks ago by jm
Still magical at 20 The book that launched an empire
Rowling was 25 and had written two unpublished novels for adults when she began the first Harry Potter novel, she explained in an interview published on Amazon.co.uk. It took five years to finish.

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Rowling’s 95,000-word manuscript — at the time, nearly twice the standard length of a typical book for 9-year-old readers — was rejected by the first nine publishers who read it.
jk-rowling  motivation  don't-give-up 
august 2017 by lwhlihu
J.K. Rowling on Twitter: "This is the mindset that so threatens nationalists they call us traitors. I'm with Jem. https://t.co/97XOjKzkcG"
>>> ARCHIVED https://archive.is/zty7M
>>> SO, WHAT KIND OF MINDSET SO THREATENS ROWLING THAT SHE CALLS PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF GLOBALISM AND MOVE COUNTRIES "GREEDY TAX EXILES"? http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article7096786.ece?token=null&offset=12&page=2

I chose to remain a domiciled taxpayer for a couple of reasons. The main one was that I wanted my children to grow up where I grew up, to have proper roots in a culture as old and magnificent as Britain’s; to be citizens, with everything that implies, of a real country, not free-floating ex-pats, living in the limbo of some tax haven and associating only with the children of similarly greedy tax exiles.
JK-Rowling  Anti-emigrationism  Hypocrisy 
october 2016 by quant18
J.K. Rowling shuts down anyone who thinks Noma Dumezweni can't play Hermione.
When characters who are meant to be black or brown are played by white actors, the defense is usually that Hollywood is a meritocracy and casting directors simply pick the best actor for the role regardless of skin color. But when an actor of color is cast in a role that many assume to be white, people are suddenly concerned about authenticity.
harry-potter  diversity-in-hollywood  hollywood  jk-rowling  noma-dumezweni 
december 2015 by yolandaenoch
J.K. Rowling Revealed: Bloomberg Game Changers: Video - Bloomberg
http://www.bloomberg.com/video/70347530-j-k-rowling-revealed-bloomberg-game-changers.html

May 31 (Bloomberg) -- "Bloomberg game Changers" profiles J.K. Rowling, the world’s richest author and creator of "Harry Potter." This program includes interviews with Michael Jacobs, formerly of Scholastic Corp., where he was responsible for the publishing, marketing, sales and distribution of the first five Harry Potter books and Jim Dale, two time Grammy Award winner, Rowling's choice of narrator for the American audio book series. (Source: Bloomberg)
jk-rowling  writing  Author  inspiration  life 
august 2014 by akiraman
How Forensic Linguistics Outed J.K. Rowling (Not to Mention James Madison, Barack Obama, and the Rest of Us) – Phenomena: Only Human
Millican found a few potentially distinctive words in his Rowling investigation. The other authors tended to use the words “course” (as in, of course), “someone” and “realized” a bit more than Rowling did. But the difference wasn’t statistically significant enough for Millican to run with it. So, like Juola, he turned to the most common words. Millican pulled out the 500 most common words in each book, and then went through and manually removed the words that were subject-specific, such as “Harry”, “wand”, and “police”.
Forensic-linguistics  JK-Rowling 
july 2013 by quant18
Language Log » Rowling and "Galbraith": an authorial analysis
I ran two tests based on authorial vocabulary. The first was on the distribution of character 4-grams, groups of four adjacent characters. These could be words, parts of words (like four letters "nsid" that would be inside the word "inside") or even parts of two words (like the four letters "n th" as part of the phrase "in the"). This particular unit of analysis has been shown to be very accurate at determining authorship, and there's a very good article by Efstathios Stamatatos that just came out in the Journal of Law and Policy describing why. I also ran on word bigrams, pairs of adjacent words, again a feature with a good track record.
Forensic-linguistics  JK-Rowling 
july 2013 by quant18
The single mother's manifesto | J.K. Rowling - Times Online
>>> WHAT DAVID BRIN SAYS ABOUT FANTASY AUTHORS IS TRUE. YET ANOTHER WEALTHY PERSON WITH A LOUD VOICE SPOUTING THE NATIONALISTIC MYTH THAT THE ONLY REASON TO LEAVE YOUR COUNTRY IS TAXES.

Now, I never, ever, expected to find myself in a position where I could understand, from personal experience, the choices and temptations open to a man as rich as Lord Ashcroft. The fact remains that the first time I ever met my recently retired accountant, he put it to me point-blank: would I organise my money around my life, or my life around my money? If the latter, it was time to relocate to Ireland, Monaco, or possibly Belize.

I chose to remain a domiciled taxpayer for a couple of reasons. The main one was that I wanted my children to grow up where I grew up, to have proper roots in a culture as old and magnificent as Britain’s; to be citizens, with everything that implies, of a real country, not free-floating ex-pats, living in the limbo of some tax haven and associating only with the children of similarly greedy tax exiles.
Expats  Fantasy  Smartass-comments  British-diaspora  Anti-emigrationism  JK-Rowling  David-Brin 
june 2011 by quant18
J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement on Vimeo
J.K. Rowling, author of the best-selling Harry Potter book series, delivers her Commencement Address, “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination,” at the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association. (via harvardmagazine.com)
harvard  harvard-magazine  tijdschrift  video  filmpje  toespraak  jk-rowling  vimeo 
april 2010 by thijsniks
BBC: JK Rowling outs Dumbledore as gay
Harry Potter author JK Rowling has revealed that one of her characters, Hogwarts school headmaster Albus Dumbledore, is gay. She took audience questions and was asked if Dumbledore found "true love".
jk-rowling  bbc  harry-potter  homoseksueel  homo 
october 2007 by thijsniks

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