J.K. Rowling's Latest Salvo In Culture War Is Claiming Anime Girl Saying 'STFU TERF' Is The Same As Silencing Suffragettes

January 30th, 2023 - 3:05 PM EST by Adam Downer

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Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has added yet another item to her lengthy list of TERF controversies this week, this time comparing an anti-suffragette political cartoon from the early 1900s to an anime girl saying "STFU TERF."

"Same shit, different century," was the author's read on the two images.

Depending on how one looks at this tweet, people are perceiving that Rowling is attempting to make the case that those who fought to prevent women from voting in the early 20th century by silencing them are no different from those who are critical of women who say trans women shouldn't use women's bathrooms, or trans men are simply women who got tired of dealing with womanhood, or that autistic people are more susceptible to transitioning (all of which she implied in her "TERF Wars" essay in 2020).

While Rowling hasn't explicitly laid out the basis of her intent behind the controversial tweet, many on Twitter were quick to point out what they felt were fundamental flaws in the potential argument. For example, those against the suffragettes in the early 20th century were largely white men who did not want to cede power to women, while those against TERFs are largely trans people and their allies — a group few argued is politically powerful relative to a billionaire white woman such as Rowling.

While several chose to argue with Rowling, others noted that it was surreal and sort of hilarious that Rowling said a meme showing an anime girl with a gun was the same as a 1910s political cartoon showing a woman bound and gagged to a chair with her jaw clamped shut.

Considering the feelings J.K. Rowling has upon seeing an anime girl in a meme, one wonders how she feels knowing that Hatsune Miku wrote Harry Potter.

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I think the moral of JK Rowling's story is that if you become a billionaire, you should hire somebody to keep you off of social media at all costs.

Say what you will about Stephanie Meyer or EL James, but they had their moment in the limelight and then just fuckin' vanished. I think that's the good ending for everyone involved.


JK has a very low opinion on activists and protesters, let's be real. She had literal slavery in her books, and the only person who made a fuss about it was portrayed as a hysteric soapbox sally. The suffragettes were hurling around explosives and lighting buildings on fire. Someone who can't handle anime pictures would be railing against the cause back then.


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