Secret sexists

J.K. Rowling takes ‘Mr Liberal Cool Guy’ to task after he calls Theresa May a ‘whore’

J.K. Rowling (John Phillips/Getty Images)

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling took a man she had previously thought to be “smart and funny” to task on Twitter on Friday, after the man she now refers to as “Mr Liberal Cool Guy” justified his criticism of U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May by calling her a “whore.”

“I’m sick of ‘liberal’ men whose mask slips every time a woman displeases them, who reach immediately for crude and humiliating words associated with femaleness, act like old-school misogynists, and then preen themselves as though they’ve been brave,” wrote Rowling in a 14-part Twitter evisceration of her former online friend, whom she did not identify.

“When you do this, Mr. Liberal Cool Guy,” Rowling continued, “you ally yourself, wittingly or not, with the men who send women violent pornographic images and rape threats, who try by every means possible to intimidate women out of politics and public spaces, both real and digital.”

Rowling, who in the past has reprimanded Theresa May for meeting with President Donald Trump — a man she considers more evil than Voldemort — noted that “every woman I know who has dared express an opinion publicly has endured this kind of abuse at least once.” So-called liberals who employ such rhetoric to “humiliate or intimidate” women for their gender, Rowling added, shouldn’t consider themselves liberals at all.

Read the full story at Mashable.

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