"The Witch Trials of J.K. Rowling" podcast is out now

From the article:

Glamour recently published "A Complete Breakdown of the J.K. Rowling Transgender-Comments Controversy.

I followed the link, and it’s a strange thing. It’s familiar stuff from JKR: bad biology, bad psychology, and bad sociology being used to justify hate.

But some new awful thing always rolls out whenever I read this stuff. Today it was a tweet of hers that started with

Many health professionals are concerned

“Many”.

Jesus, this level of amateur-hour bullshit?

Speaking as a professional number-cruncher, “many” without reference to “how many” or “what proportion” is a very reliable leading indicator of bullshit. It’s a turn of phrase we’re trained to look for in reports and media releases. If the actual number was impressive, they’d use it. The number isn’t impressive, so “many” gets used instead. It’s not clever. It’s not sophisticated. It’s about two steps dumber than the also-sleazy “a rapidly growing number” [1].

I know that’s not the most important part. But how she’s lying jumped out at me today. This grade-school level misinformation is what some people are defending?

[1] in pretty much anything you can count, the “fastest growing (by percentage)” group is usually the smallest. By far. Think of how Pastafarianism was the “fastest growing” religion for a few years - several thousand percent growth per annum! Because it went from something like 3 to 500 members worldwide.

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No sympathy for her at all. This story just keeps happening. Person with hubris thinks they’re special and goes on conservative media and is shocked to find out they were used. Who hasn’t known this since the 90’s in our community?

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isn’t this like the second or third time it’s happened with her specifically?

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I don’t know. I don’t follow her.

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You’ve already been provided with dozens of examples in the links above. Just because you don’t know what transphobia looks like doesn’t mean it isn’t real. Your lack of paying attention is not our problem.

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Seth Meyers Idk GIF by Late Night with Seth Meyers

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So, Megan Phelps-Roper has gone from being the spokesperson for an entire terrible organization, to the apologist for a single terrible person. Is that progress? I wish she’d find something to promote that isn’t terrible.

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Since it hasn’t been posted yet… can’t have a Joanne thread without this in it:

Queeeeeeen

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