Writing that the issue is not about “in-fighting between JK Rowling and myself”, he added: “Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I.”
Noting the presence or not of a uterus erases identity and dignity, does it? Well, bully for identity and dignity then.
Critics accused her of being transphobic, an allegation Rowling strongly denies. She responded by saying: “I respect every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them. I’d march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans.”
Quite so. You get to live your life as you wish, absent third party harm. That’s what being a liberal means. Reality though is still reality and sometimes that’s even relevant. It ain’t, as PJ O’Rourke pointed out, when trading bonds, it is when making babies. That is, while we all get to do as we wish we are still constrained by those limitations put upon us by that outside universe.