J.K. Rowling, whose iconic Harry Potter novels have sold 500 million copies, had a brilliant response to a fellow writer who, after calling Rowling the “world’s most famous transphobe,” now complains of Complex PTSD over book reviews.
The traumatized British journalist and writer Laurie Penny has, for the record, sold roughly 500 million fewer books than Rowling’s fantasy series. They/them/she is self-diagnosed with Complex PTSD resulting in “rolling panic attacks, (being) bone-tired, confused and constantly cold” from enduring negative book reviews.
Penny, meanwhile, has made a career of calling other women “fascist” and “transphobes.” And it wasn’t even Rowling who called her out for the CPTSD posting on Twitter. Fellow feminist and literary critic Julie Bindel tweeted a crack, obviously referring to Penny’s heart-wrenching trauma.
All J.K. Rowling replied “thoughts and prayers, Julie” to Bindel’s mild jab. Bindel wrote a slightly negative piece on Penny’s literary masterpiece “Sexual Revolution,” which includes such insights as “Whorephobia is the sharp edge of slut shaming.”
But Penny went all-out in her attack on the usually liberal Harry Potter author, who has drawn the ire of trans activists for pointing out that men are men and women are women. Penny blasted Rowling for her audacity to “shame people like this” and said she’s “the person whose mental health is being mocked.”
Rowling, who has had authentic experiences with violence and abuse that she openly shares as a women’s advocate, fired back mercilessly. She points to the apparent fact that the self-diagnosed Complex PTSD sufferer shows no compunction about slamming other women or showing “the slightest empathy” for “reasonable and rational concerns.”
Concerns include someone deciding to call themselves a woman and now being allowed to use the ladies’ restroom and stay in shelters for female abuse victims.
Rowling did not stop there, noting that while she has endured vicious death and violent threats from Penny’s fellow activists, she knows there are “literally billions of people” who have suffered hardships greater than hers. And for the coup de gras, Rowling dispenses sound advice for the traumatized Laurie Penny.
Acknowledging bad reviews goes along with being a writer. If Penny feels they are equivalent to “being bombed out of your house or witnessing the murder of loved ones,” perhaps it is time to find a job where “dishing it out, but not being able to take it” comes in the description.