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J.K. Rowling destroys liberal man who called Theresa May a w***e on Twitter

Liberal men need to check themselves with J.K. Rowling's thread.


Samantha Grasso

Internet Culture

Published Jun 9, 2017   Updated May 23, 2021, 3:39 am CDT

Beware, men who call themselves liberal and say they support women—J.K. Rowling is not here for any of your double standard bullshit.

On Friday, the Harry Potter author and Twitter queen unleashed a powerful thread explaining why sexist insults used on women are 2,000 percent not OK. Which you’d think would be something that liberal men would already be on board with.

Unless that woman is conservative, that would seem.

According to Rowling, she unfollowed someone on Twitter earlier today, “a man whom [she] thought was smart and funny,” after seeing a tweet he posted in which he called British Prime Minister Theresa May, a conservative, a whore.

“If you can’t disagree with a woman without reaching for all those filthy old insults, screw you and your politics,” Rowling explained pointedly.

Rowling went on to express her tiredness of seemingly-liberal men who turn to “crude and humiliating words associated with femaleness” when upset with a woman. These men hurl sexist insults at women they disagree with and act as “Mr. Liberal Cool Guys,” but ultimately align themselves with men who harass and threaten women, who intimidate them into hiding online and in real life.

She also emphasized how the abuse is much worse for queer women and women of color. Ultimately, any woman, liberal or conservative, who dares share her opinion is ultimately shamed for doing so with insults and threats meant to debase her. And Rowling is fucking over it.

“If your immediate response to a woman who displeases you is to call her a synonym for her vulva, or compare her to a prostitute, then drop the pretense and own it: you’re not a liberal,” Rowling concluded, winding up for the final Pepe-loaded blow. “You’re a few short steps away from some guy hiding behind a cartoon frog.”

Please, liberal men. Write it down. Text it to your friends. Tattoo it backwards across your forehead. Unless you walk the walk, your talk means nothing.

Read Rowling’s full Twitter thread below:

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*First Published: Jun 9, 2017, 2:25 pm CDT