Suzanne Moore hails 'hilarious' JK Rowling in feminists' get-together

Inside the boozy lunch for women’s rights: Suzanne Moore hails ‘hilarious and sweary’ JK Rowling as she lifts lid on meal for prominent feminists as they compared the abuse they’ve received and been made ‘to feel like pariahs’

  • The event was held on Monday and featured prominent gender critical activists
  • Women’s right campaigners joined the lunch for the ‘Respect My Sex’ campaign
  • JK Rowling was joined by Prof Kathleen Stock, Maya Forstater and others 
  • Suzanne Moore wrote about the gathering in her column for The Telegraph 

Journalist Suzanne Moore has hailed author JK Rowling as ‘hilarious and sweary’ as she wrote about a gathering of some of the UK’s most prominent gender critical activists on Monday.

Author JK Rowling arranged the get-together for a self-confessed boozy lunch to support the ‘Respect My Sex’ campaign. 

In her column for The Telegraph, Moore wrote that the London event had originally been planned as a Christmas lunch but they were forced to postpone it due to rising Covid rates in December.

Moore praised the individual members of the group, which featured women from across the political spectrum as well as differing sexual orientations.

She wrote: ‘It was fabulous to meet Angela Wild and Liane Timmerman, out and proud butch lesbians. So please don’t talk to me about gender non-conformity. All the prissy little puritans have no idea how physically brave such women are.

‘All of us have been made to feel as if we are pariahs simply because we challenge the idea that womanhood is a feeling in a man’s head.’

Moore revealed that the group even phoned up tennis legend Martina Navratilova and sang ‘We love you Martina!’ into her voicemail.

She added that the purpose of the gathering was to ‘eat, drink and be extremely merry’ and that they shared the experience of online abuse for their beliefs.

Event featured women campaigners and activists as well as some who had been ‘cancelled’ 

Harry Potter writer Rowling, 56, posted a series of pictures to her 14million-follower Twitter feed giving a glimpse of the meeting at The River Cafe in Fulham.

Guests included Professor Kathleen Stock, who resigned from her University of Sussex job after being accused of ‘transphobia’ and Helen Joyce, who penned Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality.

The co-founder of Sex Matters – which has united with other causes under the slogan ‘Respect my Sex if you want my X’ banner – Maya Forstater was also there.

They were joined by MP Rosie Duffield and veteran activist and campaigner at Get The L Out- Lesbian NOT queer campaign group Lianne Timmermann.

Ms Rowling said: ‘There was a lunch and I’m not saying I’ve only just sobered up enough to type this tweet but at the same time, I’m not not saying that.

‘It was me getting them drunk, to be honest. I do remember being authoritatively told I’m only 66% straight. 

‘Watch this space for further developments.’

A spokesman for The River Cafe, which specialises in Italian food in the converted Thames Wharf industrial storage facility by the River Thames at Hammersmith, said it does not comment on customers.

JK Rowling with Labour MP Rosie Duffield at the event, which was held in London yesterday

JK Rowling with Liane Timmermann, activist and campaigner at Get The L Out- Lesbian NOT queer campaign

Ms Rowling with Allison Bailey, the barrister suing LGBTQ+ charity Stonewell and her chamber

Journalists at the lunch joked about JK Rowling being assessed as being ‘only 66% straight’

SNP MP Joanna Cherry QC thanked Ms Rowling for organising the event and guests there

And posting a picture with Ms Duffield, Ms Rowling signalled the event was for the ‘Respect my Sex’ campaign.

She added: ‘Two ex-single mums now united for women’s rights.’

SNP MP Joanna Cherry QC, who was also a guest, wrote: ‘I had the best day yesterday. Thank you ⁦JK Rowling for bringing together so many of the women who’ve helped sustain each other through difficult times.’

As more photographs appeared online, the attendees revealed some of the conversations at the event.

Ms Rowling said: ‘I was assessed as only 66% straight.’

Journalist and guest Julie Bindel then quipped: ‘There’s a lot you can do on 34%.’

Then Ms Rowling responded: ‘I’ll need dinner, mind. I’m not a pushover.’

The gathering – which happened yesterday in London – of the campaigning women prompted some predictable reactions from some on Twitter.

Many of them have been subjected to death threats over their opinions or cancelled by woke zealots. 

Prof Stock resigned from her academic post at the University of Sussex after being accused of ‘transphobia’ by some students.

Ms Bailey is currently suing LGBTQ+ charity Stonewell and her London chambers over claims she was ‘silenced’ for her views on transgender issues.

And Helen Joyce, the writer of Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality, has accused broadcasting and book industries of trying to ‘cancel’ her.

Businesswoman Angela Wild has also spoken out about how she had been sent ‘death and rape threats on a daily basis’ by transgender rights activists over her t-shirts and badges campaigning for women’s sex-based rights.

Activists Miss Forstater, Caroline Ffiske and Heather Binning urged voters to question politicians over their stance on issues such as the definition of a woman. 

The exact location of the event has been revealed as The River Cafe, in Fulham

The River Cafe specialises in Italian food in the converted Thames Wharf industrial storage facility by the River Thames at Hammersmith 

Ms Rowling with Angela Wild, who makes t-shirts and badges campaigning for women’s sex-based rights

MP Rosie Duffy with Joanna Cherry QC, Member of Parliament (MP) for Edinburgh South West

Women’s rights groups have banded together to call on voters to question politicians over their views on the contentious topics of sex and gender identity, using the slogan, ‘Respect my Sex if you want my X’. Pictured (left to right): Caroline Ffiske of Women Uniting, Heather Binning (Women’s Rights Network) and Mayra Forstater (Sex Matters)

The campaign, which uses the slogan ‘Respect my Sex if you want my X’ has been described as ‘the most significant women’s movement since the Suffragettes’. 

On Saturday, it received the backing of Rosie Duffield, a Labour MP who has faced accusations of transphobia for saying only women have a cervix. 

The campaign urges prospective councillors to reveal their stance on transgender issues before ballots are cast. 

It comes after a number of senior Labour figures struggled to answer questions on the topic.

This includes party leader Sir Keir Starmer who refused to say if women could have a penis and women and equalities spokesman Anneliese Dodds who struggled to define what a woman is. 

Mumsnet readers have praised the three women behind the ‘fantastic campaign’.

Bellinisurge wrote: ‘This issue needs as much sunlight and mainstream coverage as possible. I fear [for] trans people who deserve support and healthcare. Just not undermining women’s support and healthcare in order to get it.’

Slothtoes wrote: ‘Oh my god. This really is the tide turning… Call to action from voters. Brilliant, brilliant campaigning by Maya and colleagues. Thank you. Please let this not fall apart by becoming a left v right issue with voters.’

It comes amid a continuing debate over trans issues – especially in sport.

Boris Johnson jumped two-footed into the row on Wednesday as he said biological males should not be allowed to compete in female-only sports events.

The Prime Minister also said that parents should have ‘involvement at the very least’ in decisions made by children to alter their gender.

He made his weightiest comments so far on the issue as he faced a Tory split over a ban on conversion therapy. 

The PM backs making the ‘abhorrent’ practice of trying to force gay people to become heterosexual illegal.

But he has refused to extend the proposed ban on the practice to trans people – despite opposition from backbench MPs and the Scottish Tories.

Speaking during a visit to a hospital in Welwyn Garden City, the Prime Minister was asked about the therapy before launching into his views on trans people in general.

He said: ‘I don’t think that it’s reasonable for kids to be deemed so-called Gillick-competent to take decisions about their gender or irreversible treatments that they may have. I think there should be parental involvement at the very least.’

And he added: ‘I don’t think that biological men should be competing in female sporting events’.

He continued: ‘We will have a ban on gay conversion therapy, which to me is utterly abhorrent. But there are complexities and sensitivities when you move from the area of sexuality to the question of gender. There, I’m afraid, there are things that I think still need to be worked out.’ 

Some of the women campaigners who were at the lunch with JK

Professor Kathleen Stock: Philosopher who resigned from her academic post at the University of Sussex after being accused of ‘transphobia’.

Pictured: Professor Kathleen Stock

Maya ForstaterWomen’s rights activist who co-founded the group Sex Matters, which has the ‘Respect my Sex if you want my X’ slogan.

Pictured: Maya Forstater

Allison Bailey: Barrister suing LGBTQ+ charity Stonewell and her London chambers over claims she was ‘silenced’ for her views on transgender issues.

Pictured: Allison Bailey

Helen Joyce. Writer of Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality, who accused broadcasting and book industries of trying to ‘cancel’ her.

Pictured: Helen Joyce

Liane Timmermann: Activist and campaigner at Get The L Out- Lesbian NOT queer campaign group, standing for the rights of lesbian women. 

Pictured: Liane Timmermann

Julie Bindel: Journalist, broadcaster and feminist campaigner against male violence and write of the Feminism for Women book. 

Pictured: Julie Bindel

Suzanne Moore: Writer and former Guardian journalist who said the paper subbed out her articles on ‘female experience belonging to people with female bodies’. 

Pictured: Suzanne Moore

JK Rowling: Harry Potter writer and women’s rights campaigner, she has been at the centre of controversy over comments on trans issues over the past couple of years. 

Pictured: JK Rowling

Angela Wild: Businesswoman sent ‘death and rape threats on a daily basis’ by transgender rights activists over her t-shirts and badges campaigning for women’s sex-based rights. 

Pictured: Angela Wild

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