The Color Purple author Alice Walker is taking the defensive when it comes to controversial Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.
Walker, once best known for her novel The Color Purple, has more recently been known for supporting anti-semetic conspiracy theories and now, is joining in on TERF conspiracy theories, saying that J.K. Rowling is right, and trans people exist because we use the word “guy” in a gender-neutral way.
Early in the essay, she compares Rowling being criticized for her well-doucmented transphobia and anti-semitism to gay people being burned alive. “The women who were burned were sometimes bound atop a pile of ‘kindling’ that was also human: called ‘faggots.’ From which the slur ‘fag derives,” she writes, immediately before talking about Rowling as a modern victim of “witch hunts.”
She then writes that “there is no ‘right witch’ to burn” and that by attacking Rowling, we are falling victim to a “sinister” movement to “erase” the word woman from language.
Then, Walker goes full TERF, implying that gender-neutral language is responsible for “gender confusion” in children.
“The use of ‘guy’ for both male and female eroded the ability of children to easily feel confident in which gender they were. From that confusion, considered irrelevant, apparently, to the forming of young minds, has come much cutting off of parts and restructuring of essential physical equipment,” Walker wrote. “If such restructuring is freely chosen at eighteen or twenty, at least there is a sense the person involved may have lived long enough to know, definitely, what is desired. Younger than that, I feel there may in fact be reason, later on, to mourn and weep. After all, the human body is a miracle, of whatever sex, tampering with a miracle is unlikely to serve us.”
Unfortunately, Walker, who was once known as a great Black writer and feminist who won the Pulitzer Prize for The Color Purple, has devolved into a hateful conspiracy theorist more recently.
Rowling is also known for her anti-semitism, depicting goblins as greedy, money-hungry, hooked-nosed bankers with little morals and a conspiracy to take over the world. Now, it seems the two are on the same page on a lot of issues...