Rowling casts herself as a feminist heroine bedeviled by the trans — but the damage TERFs do to feminism is worse than anything her critics could manage.

A woman takes a photo of the Hogwarts set, a crime punishable by death.

I do not want to talk about J.K. Rowling. The once-beloved, castle-dwelling author, now the world’s most famous TERF, posted a Twitter thread on Monday in which she claimed, not for the first time, that trans people were a violent mob. …

Donald Trump made the subtext of conservative “masculinity” text. Chris Pratt and Josh Hawley are trying to reclaim it.

Chris Pratt has an all-time douchey smile.

You have seen the picture: A white couple in an off-white living room, him beefy and blue-eyed, her groomed within an inch of her life. She looks up at him, adoringly, as if to say “my entire life is summed up in loving this man.” He looks at the camera…

Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) says men are retreating to an underground world of video games and masturbation. Where is it, and how does one get in?

A man playing video games. At least he’s not… you know.

Men, famously, are a tough gender. They’re solitary; they’re resolute; they tape their fingers back on with duct tape after they’ve cut them off on the table saw they were using to make a nice picture frame for Mom in wood shop. Is this an accurate picture of Men? I…

In the wake of Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special, elderly comedians are once again complaining that they have to do their jobs.

Jon Stewart, forgotten by time and God himself.

First things first: What happened at Netflix last week was a labor dispute. Trans employees at the company, most notably Terra Field and B. Pagels-Minor, experienced undue retaliation for, essentially, asking to be treated with human dignity by their employer; both had concerns about the company’s decision to air a…

THIS IS US

In a time of mass unwitnessed death, I hang out in cemeteries. It’s more comforting than you’d think.

A cemetery. It’s not that spooky, really.

I’ve been sitting out in cemeteries lately. It’s not an affectation. I knew someone, once, who was followed by Death; their partner died, and then one of their parents, and then another parent not long after. Grief became their ordinary condition. They’d go to cemeteries on their lunch hour. Not…

A new documentary about the Black feminist icon shows us how trans people are erased from movements they built.

The gate of Pauli Murray College at Yale University.

There’s a moment late in My Name is Pauli Murray, Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s documentary about the life of the civil rights icon, that made me gasp. …

Jude Ellison S. Doyle

Author of “Trainwreck” (Melville House, ‘16) and “Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers” (Melville House, ‘19). Columns published far and wide across the Internet.

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