Nicola Sturgeon clashes with BBC presenter over IndyRef2
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Nicola Sturgeon has implied JK Rowling is not a “real feminist”. The Harry Potter author had branded the First Minister a “destroyer of women’s rights”.
The pair have been toing and froing over trans issues.
Rowling is particularly concerned by the Scottish Government’s legislation to make it both quicker and easier for individuals as young as 16 to legally change their gender without parental permission or a court order.
The Telegraph earlier this year described Sturgeon’s Scotland as “one of the easiest places on Earth for teenagers to change gender”.
Rowling yesterday shared a photo online of her donning a T-shirt which described Nicola Sturgeon as a “destroyer of women’s rights”.
She also lent her “solidarity” to those who protested outside the Scottish parliament against the trans measures.
Sturgeon responded with what has been described as a thinly-veiled dig at Rowling’s feminist credentials.
The First Minister said: “There are many, many real threats out there to women right now, from attacks – physical attacks, attacks of sexual violence to the removal of abortion and reproductive rights – women in countries like Iran are going through.
“There are no shortage of attacks on women that feminists, real feminists, as I consider myself to be, should be focusing on right now.”
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Sturgeon also argued that the current process for legally changing one’s gender was “stigmatising” and “traumatic”.
Following the First Minister’s comments, author Susan Dalgety argued that Sturgeon had demonstrated she was a mean girl “at heart”.
She wrote in a post on Twitter: “Her intonation on ‘real feminist’ was, for me, an ugly reminder of the school playground when the mean girls would circle me and taunt me for being too poor, or too clever, or simply weird.
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“At heart, Sturgeon is one of the mean girls.”
Rowling has since liked the tweet, signalling her agreement.
The term “mean girls” was popularised following the release of the 2004 film of the same name.
The characteristics of a “mean girl”, as presented in the film, are bullying, back-stabbing and vindictiveness.
Caroline Ffiske from Conservatives for Women, quoted in the Mail, responded to the First Minister’s remarks: “Nicola Sturgeon’s comments about JK Rowling not being ‘a real feminist’ are absurd.
“JK Rowling has been a hero and an inspiration for tens of thousands of women across the United Kingdom who have become increasingly concerned about the impact of gender ideology.”
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