Harry Potter’s surrogate TERF mother is in the news again, still refusing to consider her anti-transgender opinions as in fact bigotry, hurtful, and damaging. After her t-bomb exploded, fans have gone through her writings and found that she might be a homophobe too. But, she’s a feminist.
Maybe she would be susceptible to the approach to ask her: What would you tell a man who, after protests by many, women and men, persists that he’s not a sexist? What would you tell an adult who, after protests by many, young and older, persists that s/he’s not an adultist? What would you tell a White person who, after protests by many, Blacks and Whites, persists that s/he’s not a racist? What would you tell a Gentile who, after protests by many, Jews and Gentiles, persists that he’s not an antisemite?
I would say: Privileged people don’t do oppressed people a favor when they become their allies. They should consider themselves obligated. The over-privileged-ness is a stolen good that must be returned.
I would say: If so many people call you a bigot, you are. By objecting, you only confirm their stance. That’s what bigots do. But you’re not inherently a bigot. Only your attitude, speech, or actions are. So we want you to stop rejecting and defending, start thinking it over, and work it out and change.
She may not read this call, but many others will. And that counts the most. At the end of the day, it’s her choice. But we as a society, must take a clear stance against bigotry so that bigots end up an isolated bunch of weirdos.