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    Neville Southall
    Lots of people think it’s a sin to be trans,” he says. “I looked at JK Rowling’s reaction to transgender women. She above everybody knows what fantasy is. So she must be able to imagine that some people are born in the wrong bodies. We never question a child that is born as a cojoined twin. But we question that somebody can be born in the wrong body. That happens because we can’t see in somebody’s brain, or soul, to understand how they feel.

    “I don’t know everything there is to know about trans people, which is why I am always trying to learn more. But I know people should be allowed to live the lives they want within reason. If you’re born into a male body but you feel so strongly that you’re a female, why should I stop you? Your body is just a shell. You have a right to discover your real self.

    “If somebody wants to do the whole transition it’s a big operation. Mentally it takes incredible courage. So what JK Rowling said doesn’t help. She’s sold loads of books and she’s obviously got talent but maybe she’s of an age where she doesn’t have knowledge about trans issues and maybe she’s scared of it. If you don’t understand something and you start talking out loud against it that’s dangerous.”

    What does Southall feel about Caster Semenya? “They’re making her take drugs to dilute her testosterone. It’s an absolute disgrace to give her tablets so she can’t be who she is. They’re basically saying: ‘You’re too good so you’ve got to take these tablets to slow you down.’ That’s not fair. You wouldn’t say that to Usain Bolt. We need some massively serious debates about gender because nobody seems to be able to come up with a definitive answer.”

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      Jedward and Neville Southall

      https://twitter.com/planetjedward/status/1305143220528177152?s=21

      https://twitter.com/nevillesouthall/status/1305847629897707520?s=21

      Last edited by Nefertiti2; 15-09-2020, 12:52.

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        I like Nev's fifth point there.

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          While applauding the broad thrust of their sentiments, I do weep at the punctuation of that jedward tweet. Also what brands work with jedward, and why?

          Btw jedward live with Tara Reid.

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            Jedward and I have a DM thing going. We love each other.

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              That is way cool

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                  Give the boys a like and a follow, they're getting the predictable shit for that.

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                    I just did, though gratified to see they have 615k followers!

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                      Originally posted by wingco View Post
                      I just did, though gratified to see they have 615k followers!
                      Their liberal awakening's certainly one of the most bizarre turns of 2020, but no less welcome for that.

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                        I have no ideas who they are, but good for them. The haircuts are nice.

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                          I don't like to brag, but they told me my hair was fabulous.

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                            A rather strange piece on the new Rowling book from the Grauniad (I hesitate to call it a "review")

                            https://www.theguardian.com/books/bo...lbraith-review

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                              Strange is right. That piece is almost pure entropy: I wouldn't call any of those paragraphs "information" of any kind.

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                                The actual guardian review doesn't even mention the controversy. Something has gone seriously fucking astray over there in a big way.

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                                  There was a worse fate than "Berliner" Rusbridger, it turns out.

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                                    My husband told me that JK's pen name, Robert Galbraith, comes from a psychiatrist who used to do gay conversion therapy. It seemed far fetched, but after a quick Google, I have discovered Robert Galbraith Heath, who did some terrifying experiments in gay conversion (took a homosexual patient who was arrested for cannabis possession, used deep brain stimulation electrodes to stimulate his "pleasure centres" while showing him heterosexual pornography, then made him have sex with a female prostitute).

                                    Now, maybe JK Rowling didn't deliberately name herself after him, but if you were coming up with a pen name for yourself, surely you'd Google it to see if it was shared by anyone else, and at the very least, JK Rowling or her team were not horrified at the idea of being associated with / confused with this man.

                                    Is it possible to become as wealthy as JK Rowling is and not lose your grip on reality? Do you start just being surrounded by far too many "yes men"?

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                                      Meant to link to his wiki page here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Galbraith_Heath

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                                        According to Monday's Brain Of Britain, Galbraith was chosen because Rowling shared initials with the great Canadian economist.

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                                          Gotta say that sounds pretty plausible. Not sure that she was exhibiting enough signs of brain rot in 2012 to name herself after a horrendous gay conversion therapy doctor.

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                                            Originally posted by Balderdasha View Post
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                                            Is it possible to become as wealthy as JK Rowling is and not lose your grip on reality? Do you start just being surrounded by far too many "yes men"?
                                            That started with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix which was the first book to really reflect her status as beyond the reach of editors. (It was the last one I read in the series.)

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                                              Well, I managed to lose a friend in the last couple of hours over Jedward and the Rowling thing.

                                              Me and landlady are thinking of inviting them to stay in the caravan.

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                                                To me, it's just another example of why it's dangerous to identify too much with something that one is not actually involved in - sports team, films, comic books, book series, TV shows, bands. They will only ever disappoint you not least of all because the people who own and control these entities don't actually care about you.



                                                I liked the Harry Potter series a lot - the films more than the books, TBH*. I have a number of friends in their 30s and 40s who deeply love them and are going to be very hurt by all of this. But maybe they'll gain wisdom.

                                                *The last Fantastic Beasts film, which she was involved in, really undermined my confidence in its direction. It's just all completely lost the plot - quite literally. The visuals are good, I guess.

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