A Barnes & Noble book shop in New York City’s Union Square slighted J. K. Rowling when an employee set up a display with a sign that read "The Unproblematic Wizarding World" next to stacks of books presented as an alternative to the internationally beloved Harry Potter series.
This was not the first time that employees at Barnes & Noble expressed disdain for the world-renowned author. A photo shared on social media from an undisclosed location features a sign with the text, "Love Harry Potter but upset with J. K. Rowling? Try a new series!"
In response, media outlet The Advocate cheered the insult and referred to Rowling as "the poster child for TERFs everywhere."
J. K. Rowling has been the target of a sustained campaign of harassment that escalated in June of 2020 when she tweeted, "'People who menstruate.' I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?" Three days later, she clarified her views in an essay posted on her website, where she detailed her concerns over childhood medical transition and the ways in which gender ideology infringes on women's rights, saying,
"We’re living through the most misogynistic period I've experienced. Never have I seen women denigrated and dehumanised to the extent they are now. From the leader of the free world's long history of sexual assault accusations and his proud boast of 'grabbing them by the pussy', to the incel ('involuntarily celibate') movement that rages against women who won’t give them sex, to the trans activists who declare that TERFs need punching and re-educating, men across the political spectrum seem to agree: women are asking for trouble. Everywhere, women are being told to shut up and sit down, or else."
Last Friday, J. K. Rowling was targeted by three trans activists who posted a photo of themselves outside of her home with her address clearly visible. In response, Rowling tweeted her condemnation of the intimidation attempt and reasserted her support for women's sex-based rights.
Meanwhile, a search through titles available on Barnes & Noble's website reveals several unsavory selections, including A Long, Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity, by Allyn Walker.
The description states:
"Challenging widespread assumptions that persons who are preferentially attracted to minors—often referred to as 'pedophiles'—are necessarily also predators and sex offenders, this book takes readers into the lives of non-offending minor-attracted persons (MAPs)."
Walker, a biological female who identifies as non-binary, recently resigned from her position at Old Dominion University after drawing sharp criticism for her views that pedophiles should be referred to as "minor-attracted persons" in order to reduce stigma.
In her PhD dissertation, Walker had entertained theories regarding allowing pedophiles to access "high quality child pornography" in the belief it may reduce the desire to commit sexual offenses.
The book retailer also sells a wide range of forced feminization pornography, which revolves around men ostensibly being "forced" to dress in women’s underwear or to "transition." As a subgenre of BDSM, the element of arousal is derived from the humiliation of a man being "feminized" and made subordinate.
Titles include:Tim Gets Girl Parts (Gender Swap, Forced Feminization, Group Sex), The Bigger Book of Bimbos: Ten Tales of Bimbofication, Futa, Forced Feminization, and Gender Swap, He Was a Daddy… Now He's a Little Girl: A Novel of Transgender Age Regression, and The Samantha-Morphosis: He Became a Little Girl, among many others.
Themes include adult men being forced to become a subservient housewife or maid, transformed into a young girl or swapped into the body of a teenage girl, being hypnotized into believing they are a woman, or being forcibly impregnated.
Amazon also carries erotica with the same themes, and earlier this year came under fire for quietly removing Abigail Shrier's book Irreversible Damage, which raises questions about the surge in young girls wishing to undergo medical interventions in accordance with gender identity ideology.
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