Debbie Hayton Debbie Hayton

How dare the Body Shop tell JK Rowling what to think

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For nearly a week now, the mob has had JK Rowling in its sights. Her crimes against trans ideology seemed relatively minor but like some authoritarian quasi-religious cult, trans rights activism demands total compliance to its dogma. 

Following a series of courageous tweets last Saturday in which the children’s author defended biology and reclaimed the word ‘woman’ to describe those now seemingly called ‘people who menstruate‘, her critics went berserk. 

To readers about to switch off from yet another dose of transgender nonsense comes a warning. Coffee House readers may pride themselves in knowing that biological sex is real and, no, we can’t change it. But too many people have stayed silent for too long.

This is more than a Twitter storm. Silently and perniciously, our institutions and corporations have been captured as good people looked the other way. Amid the abuse ricocheting across social media yesterday, the Body Shop waded in with an appalling statement:


This was surely catastrophic to the company. If Body Shop don’t care about women, they might care about profits. Women spend a lot of money in Body Shop and like Ratner’s customers a generation ago, they are not laughing at any jokes. Across social media they are furious, and rightly so.

After one of our most accomplished female authors aired her distaste at her sex being described, not as women, but mere ‘menstruators’, Body Shop suggested she read a book. Worse, a book written by a man. It was clear whoever wrote that tweet wasn’t interested in what Rowling had to say on the matter. 

Less than two hours before Body Shop’s egregious tweet, Rowling had published a sensitive and heart-felt essay in which she declared that she had ‘followed the debate around the concept of gender identity closely’. She went on to describe how she had ‘met trans people, and read sundry books, blogs and articles by trans people, gender specialists, intersex people, psychologists, safeguarding experts, social workers and doctors, and followed the discourse online and in traditional media.

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