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[–] cranberrysalad 64 points (+64|-0)

The backlash against her was my Aha moment. Found the GC sub on Reddit because of it.

[–] EvaDemeter [OP] 29 points (+29|-0)

Same here! I never reddit, so I just lurked on twitter and binged Magdalen Berns! I still think this tweet is hilarious, and was absolutely shocked anyone got upset, she just humorously stated what most normal human beings think, after all!

[–] KaraZor-El_21 1 points (+1|-0)

Same here!

Also, I am amazed at how fast she was able to see and talk about the problem. While yes, it caused a backlash, I am still happy it brought the issue to the table for discussion. It was so brave of her to do that!

[–] glimmer 56 points (+56|-0)

It peaked me for sure. JKR has always made a lot of sense, and her writing is about standing up for what's right even when the dominant culture tries to shout you down and shut you up. She prepared us all for this.

[–] SulphuricMirror 25 points (+25|-0)

Ironically that message seems to have gone over the heads of a lot of Harry Potter fans that turned on her.

[–] XX_Power 20 points (+20|-0)

How did so many TRAs use to be Potter fans and yet don't see how they've literally become Umbridge.

[–] KaraZor-El_21 1 points (+1|-0)

I was amazed she saw ahead! She saw the issue and had the courage to speak out!

[–] LadyGlum 44 points (+44|-0)

Well I guess I can mark the anniversary of my peakening.

To all the radfems and GC women who were clued into this subject before JKR drew attention to it: how do you think the spotlight she shone on this has affected things? It seems like we've had some major "wins" in the last year (the banning of damaging puberty blockers for minors the defeat of some SelfID bills) but we've also had quite a few losses (Scotland as a whole). Do you think the influx of feminists supporting women's rights has spurred things into motion a little faster?

[–] phoenix 28 points (+28|-0) Edited

I was only dipping my toes in the water before JKR (like, I agreed - always had, even before I knew what TERF was, but I thought surely society as a whole... the media, etc, didn't really believe gender ideology and it was just some tiny fringe position that would blow over)... the response to JKR in the media is what did it for me (made me realize I wanted to do what I could to stop gender ideology and I was in it for the long haul). What I've noticed before and after that... is how very many women JKR peaked. And the increase in volume I think has really helped the funding/creation of many nonprofits that center on women's sex-based or LGB rights. It seems like those orgs have really taken off in the last year, even the ones that existed previously. I think that's a great sign because nonprofits like that seem to be necessary for getting anything done these days.

Of course, the banning of r/GC has meant gender critical women are a lot less visible/centralized on reddit, but now there's many platforms with a presence and I expect it to grow everywhere. I'd love to hear the perspective of women who've observed/participated for longer... I was really just aware of GC pushback as a movement for like six months before the JKR thing.

[–] XX_Power 7 points (+7|-0)

It's true that she peaked a lot of women which makes me sad that she completely stopped talking. If anyone can take the heat it's her, she's very rich and obviously people listen to her, i know i immediately did. I understand not wanting to be hounded, she's just a human too. I hope she's still doing stuff in the background, like donating to causes.

[–] BathMat 10 points (+10|-0)

I feel like she said what she had to say, so clearly and compassionately, and then got on with her life, and that is probably a good strategy. Her words were so careful, and are there for anyone who wants to see what she said, without being lost in long subsequent arguments and clarifications. She's a writer not a politician. If many more women in the public eye did the same we'd be in a very different place.

[–] ladybrainhaver 11 points (+11|-0)

I think it really highlighted how crazed the trans movement had become, at least for me. I was involved with communities highly overtaken by gender BS and lowkey agreed with GC ideas but thought I could make it work at the time.

What she said was perfectly reasonable and things I'd been thinking about myself, but the extremity of the backlash caused me to have an "oh, this is a cult" moment. I'm sure I'm not the only one. People were literally getting cancelled by proxy for not unfollowing her. It was madness, but I guess excommunication is the only option when you have no arguments.

[–] Future 29 points (+29|-0)

Yes!! Happy TERF-iversary Queen! I love love love how many people she helped peak with that tweet alone.

[–] Capturedthecastle 25 points (+25|-0)

That means it’s my one year anniversary of discovering radical feminism!

I feel like I’ve been given a superpower that lets me join up experiences I thought were disparate and partially my fault, and clearly see that they are universal to all women, and certainly not my fault.

I feel like the world has tilted on its axis. I’ve never been so fascinated in any particular topic ever before.

I wrote to JKR to express my thanks at the time (three days post peak) and rather flippantly said “you’re right, more women are becoming radical feminists; I am too!”

After learning so much more about it, I realised I still don’t have the thorough grounding to call myself a radical feminist, but it’s the only kind of feminism that makes sense to me. I wasn’t a lib fem before, but maybe a vague fem (don’t know if that term exists). I need to write to her again and thank her again. And maybe get another reply ;-)

[–] roslindale 7 points (+7|-0)

I hated liberal feminism before. When I found r/GenderCritical and radfem, it was like finding a home.

[–] courage2courage 19 points (+20|-1)

Thanks, JKR, for waking me up -- albeit by throwing me into a dystopian nightmare every day since.

I took a break from her work for most of the 2010s so it's been really special to connect with her recent books this past year.

[–] Jellyfishes 19 points (+19|-0)

One day TRAs will still insist we invented the "menstruators, bleeders, people with uterus" language, like they always do when their stupid ideas reach mainstream and receive backlash, but I wonder if they can erase the whole Rowling thing.

[–] SulphuricMirror 10 points (+10|-0)

They can't erase anything, we have receipts. They can lie and misdirect and distract, and maybe that'll be enough to fool most people, but we'll always have the receipts.

[–] GrilledPeaches 17 points (+17|-0)

This was my moment and I never looked back.

This was when I realized that supporting TRA was me actively working against myself and womankind. Thank you TRA for you misogyny. With that and your using black women as a mule, I'm one more woman women up to the madness and I rescind my support.

[–] Genevieve 15 points (+15|-0) Edited

The media's treatment of her is what woke me up to everything in a major way. I had previously been part of the TWAW group-- just not as fervently. Until her tweets & proceeding backlash, I had no idea how deep it went.

I cared about the "discrimination" they were going through,-- until I paid attention to what they were considering discriminatory. I had no idea how much it had begun to infringe on women's rights! I blindly believed a lot of what they said. I was pretty ambivalent until the media began painting her words as bigoted-- because there was nothing she said that I didn't agree with. It shone a light to how far off the deep end the movement had gone, when basic facts were considered bigotry.

Thank you JK for preparing us to spot the Death Eaters in our lives!

[–] RadioLouder 12 points (+12|-0)

I was in my Lib Fem phase around that time. The response horrified me, since her works really saved me when I was younger and depressed about life in my shithole country of birth

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