JK Rowling puts Oxford MP on spot about her definition of women

JK Rowling and Anneliese Dodds <i>(Image: NQ)</i>
JK Rowling and Anneliese Dodds (Image: NQ)

AN Oxfordshire MP has been put on the spot by JK Rowling after being asked what her definition of women is.

Speaking to Emma Barnett on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour back in 2022, Oxford East MP Anneliese Dodds struggled to define what a woman is, in light of listeners’ concerns about the push to change the term’s meaning.

Ms Dodds claimed there were 'different definitions legally around what a woman actually is', listing 'the biological definition, legal definition' and 'all kinds of things'.

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In a post on X, formerly Twitter, the famous Harry Potter author criticised the Labour MP's response.

She said: "Like a lot of people who'd very much like change and also believe women's rights must be protected, I'd love to know how Labour defines 'woman' in the context of a general election."

The 58-year-old has frequently faced criticism for her views on transgender rights.

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The author first spoke out about her views in December 2019, when she spoke openly in support of researcher Maya Forstater, a visiting fellow at the Centre for Global Development, whose contract was not renewed after she made several anti-trans posts on social media.

She continued to discuss gender issues and trans rights on social media since then, even reportedly donating £70,000 to an anti-trans group's long-running battle over the legal definition of the word ‘woman’.

Ms Dodds has yet to respond.